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  • Writer's pictureNicholas J. Johnson

Scamapalooza 58: Deepak Chopra's Bullshit with Gordon Pennycook

I have long suspected that Deepak Chopra spouts garbage.

Despite being a trained physician, the author and self-help guru’s trademark new-age ramblings have always struck me as little more than pseudo-scientific garbage.

But, I’m also the kind of guy who doesn’t like to dismiss ideas out of hand, just because I don’t understand.

It turns out that my instincts were correct.

A 2015 study in the journal Judgment and Decision Making showed that many of Chopra’s tweets are indistinguishable from a randomly generated sentence using Chopra's favourite buzz-words.

They are—according to studies authors—Bullshit.

On this episode of Scamapalooza, I talk to the lead author of the study Gordan Pennycook and how you measure what is and isn’t bullshit and why it’s important to spot the difference.


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