Deepak Chopra, the egotistical “guru” with a bee in his bonnet about “debunkers”, issues a ridiculous, nonsensical “challenge” to Randi and the skeptics.
I challenge the non “amazing” Randi & his professional debunkers & skeptics to explain normal experience & offer them a $1 million prize.
It is not the skeptic’s job to prove anything or to explain a complicated, nebulous concept such as “normal” (although they often very good at showing how full of BS some people are). There are professional people who do research on brain and consciousness. They are called scientists – Chopra is not one of them. Here, Chopra states a silly, unanswerable challenge, which reveals how shallowly he understands the world. He fails to provide solid evidence for his own claims, instead taking the coward’s way out through stunts like this. If Chopra did not make such pretentious claims, we wouldn’t bother with him at all. Problem solved!
It kind of sucks to research and write about bullshit woo and debunk that which is exploding with bunkum (as a public service that most of us do). Feel-good nonsense can be SO APPEALING. The better answers are not as desireable to those who would rather have mental massage instead of the true challenge of figuring stuff out. We get vapid stunts like Chopra’s here. Everyday.
*Find out what contemporary skepticism is HERE*
The reason people apply (evidence-based) skepticism is to assess a claim that may or may not be true to find out the best answer. All I’ve ever see Chopra do is spout woo. And whine and complain.
This is another lame ploy for attention, similar to the previous disturbing rants against “militant atheists” (whom he ALWAYS conflates with “skeptics” revealing his penchant to create straw men). As many have said before, this type of behavior is odd from someone with such celebrity status. He’s got issues; he must really feel threatened.
Jerry Coyne writes here:
If the paranormal does exist, as you implictly and explicitly claim over and over again, why hasn’t Randi demonstrated it? Why haven’t you won Randi’s prize?
and also includes this link to Pinker (an actual scientist) talking about consciousness.