Sadri Hassani is professor emeritus of physics at Illinois State University and author of several books at graduate, undergraduate, and introductory levels. His blog at skepticaleducator.org is devoted to exposing misconceptions and distortions of science by professional scientists. He wrote “‘Post-Materialist’ Science? A Smokescreen for Woo” in our September/October 2015 issue. Follow @SadriHassani on Twitter.
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Does E = mc2 Imply Mysticism?
No word stolen from physics is (ab)used in the woo literature more than energy. The most fa- mous equation in physics is often cited as proof that matter and soul are one and the same, a tenet of mysticism.
Deepak Chopra attempts to connect fundamental concepts of physics to consciousness and spirituality. He started (ab)using physics with his book Quantum Healing. But does he pass the first test of a true scientist: professional integrity?
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