New Age guru Deepak Chopra engaged physicist Lawrence Krauss in a bizarre conversation after Krauss tweeted a photograph of himself with Richard Dawkins at Origins Project Dialogue conference in Dublin last week.
The exchange began with an innocuous tweet by Krauss in which he shared a picture of himself and Dawkins in Dublin's Trinity College library:
Enjoying the beautiful trinity college old library with @RichardDawkins and book of Kells day after last event. http://t.co/BaGbMRJkNJ— Lawrence M. Krauss (@Lawrence M. Krauss)1424872000.0
Chopra responded -- not just to Dawkins and Krauss, but to other noted atheists, scientists and skeptics including Sam Harris, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and Michael Shermer:
. I don't have enough faith to be an atheist @Asurianu @LKrauss1 @RichardDawkins @SamHarrisOrg @michaelshermer @neiltyson— Deepak Chopra (@Deepak Chopra)1424872231.0
. I don't have enough faith in molecules to be the source of intelligence @FalonQuick @LKrauss1 @RichardDawkins @SamHarrisOrg @neiltyson— Deepak Chopra (@Deepak Chopra)1424872513.0
Krauss replied dismissively:
@DeepakChopra @FalonQuick @RichardDawkins @SamHarrisOrg @neiltyson funny, or rather silly, since you also think atoms have consciousness.— Lawrence M. Krauss (@Lawrence M. Krauss)1424873137.0
Which apparently upset Chopra, who responded vehemently, repeating assertions he made last year about his respondents' being "bamboozled by the superstition of materialism":
Nothing =Infinite Being = Source = Pure Potential = Omniscience = God @LKrauss1 @FalonQuick @RichardDawkins @SamHarrisOrg @neiltyson— Deepak Chopra (@Deepak Chopra)1424882040.0
The next day, Krauss tweeted about a statement made at the conference by one of the two theologians in attendance:
Two theologians at Irish pluralism conference and Cardinal Murphy O'Connor all said: "atheists are not fully human". But balstocysts are?— Lawrence M. Krauss (@Lawrence M. Krauss)1424986229.0
And Chopra again replied in a somewhat random fashion:
If you are not totally surprised & bewildered by your existence & humbled into reverence & gratitude,your humanity is incomplete @LKrauss1— Deepak Chopra (@Deepak Chopra)1425103176.0
Last year, Chopra was quoted in Tom Roston's book, The Quantum Prophets, as having said "with Dawkins, I am just pissed off. I am pissed off by his arrogance and his pretense of being a really good scientist. He is not."
When Roston said that such statements are out of character for someone who preaches about inner peace, Chopra replied, "I totally agree. It’s my last challenge. It may be a very strange psychological issue."
In light of this admission, it is less ironic that the day he started hounding Krauss, Dawkins, and the others, Chopra tweeted this:
Angry tweeters please watch out ! Twitter Can Tell If You’re More Likely To Get Heart Disease http://t.co/aOmc9vtn2b via @PopSci— Deepak Chopra (@Deepak Chopra)1425005628.0