This past weekend I happened to turned on WQED to see what might be playing as PBS is known for providing thoughtful and informative shows. I did not realize that they were in the middle of their fall fundraiser and to my dismay the show they were promoting was by the New Age charlatan author, Deepak Chopra.
For those not familiar with his brand of snake oil, it well worth a visit to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deepak_Chopra, which highlights is misuse of scientific terminology and focus on untenable theories.
Chopra’s “nonsensical references to quantum physics” are placed in a lineage of American religious pseudoscience for which Chopra attempts to “legitimize these ideas that have no scientific basis at all, and makes them sound scientific. He really is a fountain of meaningless jargon” (Wikipedia).
There was a time when PBS was the provider of a rich source of informative programs. To this day, they offer high quality educational programming, including Wild Kratts, Odd Squad, Sid the Science Kid and other informative programs.
As for fundraisers aimed at adults, it is time to remove the scientific nonsense, beginning with Chopra, who has written that “No skeptic, to my knowledge, ever made a major scientific discovery or advanced the welfare of others.”
Astronomer Phil Plait said this statement trembled “on the very edge of being a blatant and gross lie”, listing Carl Sagan, Richard Feynman, Stephen Jay Gould, and Edward Jenner among the “thousands of scientists [who] are skeptics”, who he said were counterexamples to Chopra’s statement.” (Wikipedia)
“Research has shown that the best way to be happy is make each day happy”, Deepak Chopra. Source: Iamfearlesssoul.com.