Bullshit Buzzer

Deepak Chopra’s formula of quantum nonsense…



Website here.

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 “#cosmicconsciousness”. 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…


Why It’s Time to Call Bullshit on Prayer Requests…



From Valerie Tarico

Asking God for help is not as harmless as it seems. 

Around the world and across America, people ask God for favors large and small, and praying gives them comfort. People pray over dying pets, dying parents, wars, forest fires, food, football games, parking spaces, tests, super-shopper discounts, erectile dysfunction, and excessive flatulence.

In the face of terrorist tragedies or natural disasters (sometimes called “acts of God”), preachers and politicians call for more prayer. And why not? It costs them nothing and earns them points. Public opinion and even the Bible are on their side. “Cast all your cares on him, for he cares for you,” said one Bible writer. “Ask and you will receive,” promised another.

Even though research shows that prayer requests don’t have any measurable effect—that God, at best, operates at the margins of statistical significance—pro-prayer platitudes and scripts are cherished and repeated and handed down from generation to generation. As a child at Camp Good News, I crooned along with my fellow campers: God answers prayer in the morning, God answers prayer at noo-oo-oon, God answers prayer in the eeevening . . . My youth pastor explained why it didn’t always seem that way: Sometimes God says yes, he told us, sometimes He says no, and sometimes He says wait. Forty years later, Christian children and youth still memorize the same lines.

Atheists, agnostics and other secular activists may think prayer is hogwash, but a lot of other people like praying and they like to think that it works. So, why not just leave the habit alone? It seems harmless enough. “Prayer makes us feel good.  It gives comfort.  It’s a way to feel like we’re doing something important with minimal effort,” says former Evangelical Seth Andrews.

It may even have other benefits.

Possible Perks from Asking God for Favors

A Big Expensive Bullshit Sandwich of Astrology, Primordial Vibrations, and Spirit Math from Deepak Chopra…



Luckily for you, I receive Deepak Chopra‘s “Chopra Centered Lifestyle Newsletter” -– how’s that title for narcissism? — so you don’t have to. (You’re welcome.)

Yesterday, Chopra alerted me to go read about the power of Primordial Sound Meditation, written by “The Editors at Chopra.com”:

As scientific research reveals, when you meditate, your breathing slows, blood pressure decreases, and stress hormone levels fall.

Thanks for the reminder, Deepak! I know that medical science has found health benefits to meditation, so I’m going to go meditate right now!

“Stop!” shouts my e-guru (though his actual words are prettier and more camouflaged). “To do it right, you must have my special (read: expensive) scientific mantra!”