@Krelnik does it again. He digs into the data and finds some interesting revelations about one of the most annoying people on Twitter. What’s up with Chopra?
Susan Gerbic contacted me the other day. She was confused by an unsolicited message she had received from none other than Deepak Chopra on Twitter. To save you the click – it’s just a bare URL in a tweet, no other explanation. Presumably Chopra wants Susan to read that blog post?[…]
Using Twitter’s advanced search function (which has also been recently enhanced), I dug deeper into Chopra’s Twitter feed to see how often he does things like this.
What emerges is a sad pattern of a man who has almost 2 million followers (and a verified account!) acting as if it is vitally important his followers see that he is debating with certain key atheists on Twitter. He also seems bizarrely obsessed with getting certain people to read his blog. In the process I believe he’s skirting the Twitter rules on spam, and encouraging bad behavior in some of his co-authors as well.
We’ve ALL had bouts with Chopra. Chopra is a celebrity New Age guru who promotes Ayurvedic medicine, other alternatives to medicine, and a packaged s**t-ton of nonsense philosophy he calls “quantum healing”. He’s had a beef with Susan because he thinks she is messing with his Wikipedia page. That was an epic fail you can read about here:
More about Susan’s valid work on Wikipedia here.
In general, he digs at atheists, conflating them with skeptics, and does not understand the process of applying skepticism. From this angle, he’s an incredibly self-absorbed person from the impression he gives online. You’d think he’d be beyond “@-reply” messages on Twitter.
Along with misunderstanding quantum stuff, he apparently doesn’t know how stuff works on the internet either.
Typically, when you don’t have facts to back up your incredible claims, you pull some stunt, whether that be threatening a suit or whining to your public. Chopra puts on a show for his followers to make it look like he is engaging with known personalities online. However, they don’t give his nonsense a word back. As it should be. Shouldn’t he be like actually working instead of obsessing over his twitter everyday? Or does he have someone else do it?
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