Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud

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TEN
HOW STRANGE
IS THE UNIVERSE?

In Which Ancient
Superstitions Reappear
as Pseudoscience

NEWTON WAS WEIRD

AGELESS BODY, TIMELESS MIND: The Quantum Alternative to Growing Old, by Deepak Chopra, M.D., was at the top of the New York Times best-seller list week after week in 1993, even while Quantum Healing, also by Chopra, was still in the top ten from two years earlier. The promise of both books was that illness and even the aging process can be banished by the power of the mind. If anyone should doubt it, Dr. Chopra explains that it's all firmly grounded in quantum theory. Commenting on the occasional spontaneous remission of cancer, for example, Chopra explains: "Such patients apparently jump to a new level of consciousness that prohibits the existence of cancer . . . this is a quantum jump from one level of functioning to a higher level." Lest you imagine he was using quantum in some metaphorical sense, he informs the reader: "Once

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