This is a good chance to see two completely different species of nutjob unite against a common enemy: Richard Dawkins. It’s WooMeister Deepak and Bill O’Reilly, a match made in hell, joining forces to attack the character of a man of impeccable character. They also manage to get in a few licks against evolution.
Last month Bill O’Reilly went after Richard Dawkins, arguing that Dawkins’s children’s book, The Magic of Reality, was mere atheistic propaganda designed to brainwash tots. Now O’Reilly has brought Deepak on his show for a show of anti-Dawkins support:
Chopra, who has made the subject spirituality his life’s work, has a new book out called War of the Worldviews: Science vs. Spirituality. “So what do you say to a guy like Dawkins?” O’Reilly wanted to know, before asking if Chopra had ever spoken with Dawkins face-to-face. “Oh, yes,” Chopra replied. “He ambushed me when I was at Oxford. He used a subterfuge. Channel 4 called me, said ‘We want to do an interview,’ I went to the interview… and it was him!”
O’Reilly had one question: “Why didn’t you kick his butt?”
I am so looking forward to Chopra’s book (not!).
You can watch O’Reilly’s five-minute interview of Chopra here (I can’t embed it).
On it, Deepak says, “He [Dawkins] uses his scientific credentials to camouflage his bigotry.” O’Reilly is shocked that Dawkins sees both O’Reilly and Deepak as “idiots,” and points out that many fine scientists are religious.
O’Reilly asks Chopra whether he believes in a deity, and Chopra gives a hilarious answer, asserting that science has shown that “the laws of physics themselves preclude us from intellectually getting in touch with The Source. You have to go beyond the intellect—you have to listen to the heart. The heart has reasons that reason doesn’t know.” A deepity!
I guess the laws of physics don’t apply to the heart.
Chopra hedges on God a bit, but affirms that “I think there is an active source —an intelligent source—that is omnipresent. omnipotent, omniscient. . . and that we have a connection to that, and that we have free will, too.”
The topic turns briefly to evolution, and O’Reilly argues that “intelligent design does not contradict science, and science has never been to manufacture one single human cell, have they?” Deepak seems to agree that this is evidence against evolution, and says “whatever has been created comes from intelligence that is connected to the source of intelligence.”
I really have avoided learning anything about Chopra, so unctuous has he been in the snippets I’ve seen. I can’t believe he’s gotten rich on such pap, but such is my country. If Kim Kardashian can make $18 million for a fake wedding, why can’t Chopra get rich by actually doing something, odious as it is?