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Climate & Climate Politics
- The Climate Crocks Interview: Marc Morano at Heartland – YouTube
One of the first instantly recognizable faces I ran across at the recent Heartland Institute Denia Palooza conference in Chicago was Marc Morano, widely known as one of the most visible personalities on the climate denial circuit.
He was gracious enough to accept my offer to be interviewed, and I quizzed him on his practice of posting climate scientist’s emails on his blog.
The question is all the more relevant this week, as the University of East Anglia recently released some of the threatening emails received by scientist Phil Jones.
I contrasted Morano’s rationale with comments from Katharine Hayhoe, who I also interviewed recently at a conference in Ann Arbor, MI.
This interview is the second of two parts. Part one was posted on my blog at:
Economics & The Economy
The Culture Wars
- Deepak Chopra
…Today, I’m not so sure Chopra and his ilk are harmless. I’m not sure if he had a lasting impact on my ex-wife, but I do remember her going through a period of dismissing Western medicine, science, and reason for assorted New Age bunk. My guess is that this was something she needed to go through and that it would have happened with or without Chopra. I’m not sure this is the case for everyone, and his brand of false hope can be expensive. Besides, critical thinking is challenging enough without someone intentionally seeking to undermine it to line his pockets.
I haven’t thought about any of this in quite some time. What prompted it was a post at Unreasonable Faith. It seems that someone noticed that much of the “wisdom” Chopra spouts in his Twitter account seem like randomly arranged words and decided to have some fun with it. What a great idea!
- The Wisdom of Chopra
Thanks to one of Ursa’s facebook friends for this little gem:
“It has been said by some that the thoughts and tweets of Deepak Chopra are indistinguishable from a set of profound sounding words put together in a random order, particularly the tweets tagged with “#cosmisconciousness”. This site aims to test that claim! Each “quote” is generated from a list of words that can be found in Deepak Chopra’s Twitter stream randomly stuck together in a sentence.”
It really is quite funny how indistinguishable the randomly generated phrases are from the things he actually says:
“Perception is inherent in cosmic possibilities”;
“Interdependence inspires quantum life”;
“Hidden meaning is serving your own evolution”;
“Freedom heals self-righteous knowledge”.
Random, clever sounding words, mashed together. One of the above is a real Deepak Chopra quote. Can you honestly tell which without Googling them?
- Random Deepak Chopra Quote Generator – Wisdom of Chopra