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>Subject: Re: FW: MD Dawkins on quantum/mysticism convergence
>Date: Sun, 17 Mar 2002 14:51:29 -0500
>On Sunday, March 17, 2002, at 02:28 , Grant Callaghan wrote:
>>You may not like what they were trying to do, but what has that got to
>>do with observing the way words are used?
>Didn't remark upon my likes or dislikes, but, about the way words were
>being used. To intentionally befuddle and swindle.
"What is resorted to in these instances by the con men of mysticism is
obfuscation and charlatanism, in an attempt to extort monies from marks
by fabricating ideas that are too abstract to be either understood or
explained through common language and thus are elucidated with jargon
undecipherable by either party, but that sounds damn impressive, and
might even, from time to time, touch upon some real sense.
The inane prattle of such quacks as Andrew Weil and Deepak Chopra come
to mind. "
Maybe I'm being overly sensitive to your choice of words in describing them,
but I got the distinct impression you didn't like what these guys were
If I misunderstood the implications of terms like "inane prattle" and
"quacks," I apologize. It seemed like pretty strong language to me.
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