Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Quit Clowning Around And Just Hang It Up

"['Green jobs' czar Van Jones’s] Wikipedia entry notes that he is a fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Founded by astronaut-turned-parapsychologist Edgar Mitchell, the Institute declares itself in mission statement to be 'a nonprofit membership organization located in Northern California that conducts and sponsors leading-edge research into the potentials and powers of consciousness.'  It also goes on to say that it 'explores phenomena that do not necessarily fit conventional scientific models, while maintaining a commitment to scientific rigor. The first part of that statement is correct, but as far as commitment to scientific rigor goes, you won’t find it at this institute. The main areas of research are 'extended human capacities' (just a fancy way of saying spoon-bending and reincarnation), 'integral health and healing' ( not just the expected quack remedies and therapies, but even worse 'distant healing' methods as well), and 'emerging worldviews' (which combines ecological extremism with New Age spirituality). Members of the Institute’s board of directors and extended faculty include Bishop Desmond Tutu, professional pseudoscientist Rupert Sheldrake, religious left guru Michael Lerner, and the Clown Prince of Quackery himself, Deepak Chopra. You’ll find Van Jones listed as a fellow on the board of directors page, along with 'collective consciousness' scholar Chris Bache and former Noetic Institute president  James O’Dea, who currently runs a variety of 'spiritual” retreats and workshops'."

-- RWA, telling you the kind of NewAge stuff I already told you to look out for in government has arrived - long after I said it - like it's going to do any good now, even coming from someplace called Darwin Central.

Hat Tip: Little Green Footballs