Unfortunately, I missed the live stream of a debate between Richard Dawkins and Deepak Chopra this weekend. I made the faulty assumption that I would be able to view / listen to it later, but for some reason that I don’t understand, youtube has blocked replay of this event in the United States. I’ve been assured that there was nothing particularly groundbreaking in this event…
Chopra says, “Blah blah, quantum, blah blah blah, consciousness, other way of knowing…”
Dawkins replies, ” What in God’s name are you talking about?”
A clip of a prior interaction between the two can be found at:
As my previous post hints, there is a problem in the communication of science to the public. It may be added that there is a deep valley between the way that scientists speak and the way that the public – or more importantly, the way some public personalities like Chopra- speaks.
Dawkins can be heard in the video clip above trying to make sense of Chopra’s language. Is he speaking in metaphor or does he mean to speak literally?