Deepak generator!

Via Unreasonable Faith we find that there is a robotic program, “The Wisdom of Chopra,” that can generate Deepak Deepities.  Before going there, try the Unreasonable Faith quiz: which of these four statements was actually said by Chopra, and which were generated by the program:

“Perception is inherent in cosmic possibilities”;
“Interdependence inspires quantum life”;
“Hidden meaning is serving your own evolution”;
“Freedom heals self-righteous knowledge”.

I have no idea, but I suspect the first one is Deepak’s.   At any rate, here’s how the program works:

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.

And the result of my first try:

65 Comments

  1. gbjames
    Posted June 19, 2012 at 4:52 am | Permalink

    That’s mean. After all, the soul relies on an expression of experiences.

    • Posted June 19, 2012 at 5:15 am | Permalink

      But that’s ok because expression relies on the soul of experiences, and experiences rely on the expression of the soul.

      • Torbjörn Larsson, OM
        Posted June 19, 2012 at 7:35 am | Permalink

        Perfect!

  2. Laurence Hurst
    Posted June 19, 2012 at 4:54 am | Permalink

    I kid you not I just got:

    “Kittens are sterile”

    Sounds like the work of someone who works on speciation genetics and likes cats. Who could that be?

  3. Posted June 19, 2012 at 4:56 am | Permalink

    I really feel like you ought to have more respect for the man who has taught us that perception heals reckless energy.

  4. Posted June 19, 2012 at 4:57 am | Permalink

    I can’t count the number of times I have thought to myself, “Wow, I really need more Chopra in my life.”

    No really, I can’t count that low.

  5. Posted June 19, 2012 at 4:59 am | Permalink

    All four deepities were generated by a program. One instance runs on a computer; the other runs on a biological unit known to us all a Deepak Chopra.

  6. Ian Liberman
    Posted June 19, 2012 at 5:03 am | Permalink

    I found out about the generator a few days ago and I used it and it regurgitated “Infinity embraces cosmic energy.” I Googled this and to my amazement I found virtually the same thing in an article by him called the Major Problem of Science from March 2012. This indicates how he manipulates terminology with out any sense of meaning or he uses a random generator himself.

    • Torbjörn Larsson, OM
      Posted June 19, 2012 at 7:43 am | Permalink

      I got “Infinity depends on cosmic joy”, with the top hit from agniyoga.org (again not a perfect match).

  7. Dominic
    Posted June 19, 2012 at 5:08 am | Permalink

    I guessed right…

    “There is a hidden meaning behind all events, and this hidden meaning is serving your own evolution.”
    http://quanta-gaia.org/reviews/books/sevenSpiritual.html

    He shoots, he scores!

    But what utter tosh!

    • Posted June 19, 2012 at 5:27 am | Permalink

      That wasn’t the one I had guessed.

      Is this a variation on Poe’s Law?

    • Marella
      Posted June 19, 2012 at 5:32 am | Permalink

      I guessed that one too, but I wouldn’t have bet any significant quantity of money on it.

      • Dominic
        Posted June 19, 2012 at 5:38 am | Permalink

        This is a fictional one I just got-
        “Evolution experiences an abundance of happiness” – I would not disagree! 😉

  8. Peter Kotanen
    Posted June 19, 2012 at 5:14 am | Permalink

    So does this all mean the generator can pass its Turing test? Or that Deepak fails it?

    • Torbjörn Larsson, OM
      Posted June 19, 2012 at 7:52 am | Permalink

      It means Deepak, deepities and other forms of gibberish should not be part of the test.

      A Turing test aims for a type specimen, or you would have false positives (missing incompetent AIs) and false negatives (say, reject by not knowing trade language of scientists).

      Gibberish qualifies as non-typical human (or AI) misbehavior.

  9. Posted June 19, 2012 at 5:25 am | Permalink

    I tried going to wisdomofchopra.com, but my astral form doesn’t have Javascript enabled.

  10. pktom64
    Posted June 19, 2012 at 5:31 am | Permalink

    Here’s mine (from the generator I mean, of course):

    “Perception depends on reckless sexual energy”

    I love it!

  11. Blondin
    Posted June 19, 2012 at 5:31 am | Permalink

    “Each “quote” is generated from a list of words that can be found in Deepak Chopra’s Twitter stream…”

    When I first read this I thought it said “Twitter steam”, as in “steaming pile of …”. That seems appropriate, actually.

  12. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted June 19, 2012 at 5:35 am | Permalink

    I’m dismayed that some religious types that are obviously a bit smarter than Deepak Chopra still hook up with him, which apparently they do due to a combo of DC’s apparent earnestness and values they share with him.

    Four years ago I read an essay on the 2008 Presidential election by one of the world’s smartest progressive Christians (John Shelby Spong) which contained a paragraph citing some observations by Chopra. While I agreed with the statements made, any number of wiser heads could have said the same thing.

    In 2000 DC and the Dalai Lama were both guests on Larry King Live. Chopra was there to plug DL 14, but his comments and answers were all notably more obscurantist and sophistical than DL 14’s statements about himself. I recall when Larry King asked Dalai Lama to what he attributed his long and healthy life, he replied “I eat well, I sleep well”. I can imagine that had he asked Chopra that question, he would have gone on about quautum shmantum

    I’m afraid this is evidence that the liberal religious commitment to science is selective.

    • ManOutOfTime
      Posted June 19, 2012 at 7:20 am | Permalink

      Yeah, it’s almost as if there’s a self-serving, mutually-perpetuating moneymaking racket that binds them all together. JC of biblical fame once said you cannot worship both God and Mammon; pretty clear to me the choice these hucksters have made.

      • gbjames
        Posted June 19, 2012 at 9:34 am | Permalink

        JC of biblical fame was clearly wrong on that count.

      • JonLynnHarvey
        Posted June 19, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

        It’s certainly selling out to the market even it’s not as manipulatively mercenary as the term “huckster” implies.

        As Dan Dennett reminds us, often religion memes evolves like folk music or language without any deliberative intent.

        More memes than schemes.

    • andyo
      Posted June 19, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

      It’s called crank magnetism.

  13. Posted June 19, 2012 at 5:44 am | Permalink

    The site has this disclaimer:

    “This site is intended for entertainment purposes only.
    It in no way reflects the thoughts of Deepak Chopra.”

    Yes it does.
    In various ways!

  14. Posted June 19, 2012 at 5:52 am | Permalink

    A Virtual Fortune Cookie Oracle! I got “Your body is the ground of boundless experiences.” Hey, did Deepak just hit on me?

    Enough of that. Time for the morning’s sacred household purification rituals, where the daily mantra is “If it comes out of a cat, it’s on the floor.”

  15. BilBy
    Posted June 19, 2012 at 5:57 am | Permalink

    “The soul illuminates ephemeral energy”. Ergo, Jebus.

  16. Posted June 19, 2012 at 6:23 am | Permalink

    “Perceptual reality illuminates an abundance of space time events.”

    Why, yes.

  17. stevehayes13
    Posted June 19, 2012 at 6:24 am | Permalink

    “The mind is the ground of humble sensations.”

    I wonder if DC knows?

  18. Arnie
    Posted June 19, 2012 at 6:27 am | Permalink

    If only Oprah had this sent to her before she had him as a guest…

    We can all make fun of him but he will still make millions and delude millions.

    It’s all about the mainstream media access and talking about it hear is like talking about it in a pub.

    • gbjames
      Posted June 19, 2012 at 6:30 am | Permalink

      OK… meet you down at the pub a bit later in the day.

    • Claimthehighground
      Posted June 19, 2012 at 6:46 am | Permalink

      If Oprah married Deepak, she would be Oprah Chopra.

  19. Arnie
    Posted June 19, 2012 at 6:32 am | Permalink

    *here

  20. Posted June 19, 2012 at 6:36 am | Permalink

    If your random amalgamation of deepak’s thoughts and tweets actually produces a comically true but patently absurd sentence is this an instance of serendeepity?

    • gbjames
      Posted June 19, 2012 at 6:58 am | Permalink

      good one!

    • Posted June 21, 2012 at 1:14 am | Permalink

      +1

  21. thompjs
    Posted June 19, 2012 at 6:50 am | Permalink

    I guess it generates “Deepak-ities”

    a bit less deep than a “Deep-ity”

    • ManOutOfTime
      Posted June 19, 2012 at 7:21 am | Permalink

      But with no less “ak!”

  22. Twiggy120
    Posted June 19, 2012 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    I love this site, thank you!

    “Elephants are Mules”

    “Infinity depends on universal sexual energy”

    “Your consciousness is rooted in unique sexual energy”

    So true.

  23. Posted June 19, 2012 at 7:27 am | Permalink

    The one I got was: “The soul projects onto ephemeral possibilities”.

    Is it time for Deepak to take a Turing test?

  24. Mary Gnusader Canada
    Posted June 19, 2012 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    “Nature heals great possibilities”. I love the new toy! Thanks

  25. daveau
    Posted June 19, 2012 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    This is my favorite of the genre,”thou withered shard-borne ruinous-butt!”

    And far more satisfying.

  26. bernardhurley
    Posted June 19, 2012 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    All this goes to show is that Deepak’s words are so profound that it doesn’t matter what order you put them in.

  27. DV
    Posted June 19, 2012 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    It is the final proof of Deepak Chopra’s wisdom that he need not make sense to comfort you.

  28. Posted June 19, 2012 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    “Quantum physics is the continuity of self-righteous life” (Silly String Theory)

  29. zendruid1
    Posted June 19, 2012 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    “The universe is the wisdom of quantum experiences”

    • Graham Martin-Royle
      Posted June 19, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

      Wholeness is beyond visible energy.

      So deep!!!!!

  30. Schenck
    Posted June 19, 2012 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    Wow, why is this not it’s own twitter feed?!
    And if it was, what if it got more followers than D.C. himself?!

    • Schenck
      Posted June 19, 2012 at 10:40 am | Permalink

      and then I see that it is, @WisdomofChopra

  31. joe boxell
    Posted June 19, 2012 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    the sad thing is that people will pay attention to this crap just like they do horoscopes. I have some friends who are excited about this and all I can do is shake my head in exasperation.

  32. Sastra
    Posted June 19, 2012 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    This reminds me of an incident which helped me on my journey from Spirituality to atheism. Enthralled by the beautiful Transcendentalist poetry and prose of Ralph Waldo Emerson, I decided to memorize (and thus internalize) some of my favorite stanzas and passages. An English major, I had already developed a systematic technique involving constant chains of repetition with diminishing reliance on checking the text.

    To my frustration, however, I found myself constantly mixing up clauses, verbs, subjects, and modifiers. The pithy phrases and insights were all too often coming out backwards — even when I had originally memorized them the right way.

    It eventually occured to me that there didn’t seem to be a “right way.” Everything I jumbled out sounded as reasonable, inspirational, and transcendent as what was written It didn’t really matter. Neither I — nor, I suspected, anyone — was going to catch an obvious error, something that made no sense.

    Wasn’t that splendid!

    Not really. I tried to tell myself that Transcendental spirituality was so very, very deep and wise that this lack of genuine content was a feature, not a bug — but it was a crack of doubt in the blissful search for the Oversoul and Higher Truth that all sensitive and caring people are supposed to crave. I could understand and appreciate the need for vagueness when reaching beyond the world of senses — but incoherence??? That just seemed inexcusably sloppy.

    • Dawn Oz
      Posted June 19, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

      Poetry is a way to consider the multiples, however doesn’t offer a way to think through the complexities. Transcendental offers us momentary considerations, however not a way to live our lives and think clearly. I go to the movies and enjoy the break from reality, however it isn’t offering a way of thinking through. Congrats on thinking your way out of the transcendental,

    • JonLynnHarvey
      Posted June 19, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, poetry is better if it doesn’t !*claim*! to be theology.

      The one contemporary of Emerson who was highly critical of him was Nathaniel Hawthorne. There’s a rather bumbling character in one of his novels (The Blithedale Romance) based on him.

  33. Posted June 19, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    I wonder how upset the Choprites would get if a flood of @WisdomOfChopra tweets started using the #cosmisconciousness hashtag? Or would that just mess up the beauty of the algorithm.

    Oops, looks like I got the short stick on original ideas: https://twitter.com/Schenck/status/215136721669595137

    And of course, why have spoofs when the man tweets like this: https://twitter.com/DeepakChopra/status/215153972862922752

  34. revjimbob
    Posted June 19, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    What about this one –
    “Ner ner ner ner ner ner ner…”

  35. thedefenestrator
    Posted June 19, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    Chopra really is wise. I bet not even the most highly regarded biologists know that “Cats are plants.”

  36. emmageraln
    Posted June 19, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on emmageraln.

  37. Cremnomaniac
    Posted June 19, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    That was fun, I got –

    “Your desire depends on boundless space time events”

    Not sure what the hell it means, but it certainly is Chopra like. No that understanding is a requirement.

    No. 2 –
    “Evolution explores your own possibilities”. huh? Again, very Chopra like.

  38. Posted June 20, 2012 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    Yes, good old sleazy Deepak I call him the ‘Grand Bullshitirrespective’ the nonsense detective. He can generate clues and all sorts of views without any back up though it makes me crack up.

  39. John K.
    Posted June 20, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    Hmm, “Elephants are horses.”

    Deep man.

  40. MadScientist
    Posted June 20, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    It sounds just like the “wise camel” program I had on a computer back in 1983.

  41. Posted June 22, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    Got 9 out of 11 correct, then had enough.

    But just because I can sort-of guess which were his and which not, does not mean they aren’t ALL just words stuck together to create an impression of meaning.

    Or maybe – probably – he is just very self-delusional.

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