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The only response ever needed to Choprawoo

I’m getting really tired of “ChopraFan” spamming the comments of unrelated posts with his serious kissing of Chopra’s posterior over Chopra’s risibly idiotic multipart response to Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion. In fact, given the number of times that I’ve fisked Chopra’s profound ignorance of and obtuseness over science and what the theory of evolution actually says, I feel like I’m playing a game of Whac-a-Mole with him, with no end in sight.

Consequently, as promised over at PZ’s demolition of this woo, my response will be brief. In fact, I daresay it may be the only response ever needed to any Choprawoo. So, here is my response to Chopra’s The God Delusion? Part 6 (also found here). Feel free to use it as you see fit:

Woo woo woo woo woo Dawkins woo woo. Woo woo woo woo woo materialists don’t understand woo woo. Woo woo woo woo Materialists say evolution is random woo woo woo. Woo woo woo anthropic principle. Woo woo woo consciousness woo woo can’t be explained by DNA woo woo. Woo woo consciousness all around woo woo. Woo woo universe is conscious. Woo woo woo quantum theory woo woo. Woo woo woo evolution information theory. Woo woo. Woo woo universal consciousness intelligent design. Woo woo woo. Woo woo woo God woo woo field of consciousness woo woo pervades universe woo woo. Woo woo arrogant skeptics woo woo versus dogmatic fundamentalists woo woo. Woo woo Chopra find middle ground in woo. Woo universe experienced through consciousness woo woo consciousness is God woo woo woo.

Continue on like this for about 1,100 words or so, and then do it six times, one for each part of Chopra’s “rebuttal” of Dawkins.

There, that could be almost any column Chopra’s written over the last couple of months.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

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