Controversial guru plans pricey appearance here

The alternative medicine guru Deepak Chopra will be in Costa Rica Nov. 24, and he is sure to draw a crowd of food conspiracy theorists, followers of  homeopathy, and many who believe that there is more to life than just the material.

Chopra is a modern faith healer without the religious faith. He has been called a purveyor of  mumbo jumbo and a prince of woo woo. Still, he is extraordinarily successful as the author of more than 80 books with 22 New York Times bestsellers including “Super Brain,” according to his Web site.

He is a frequent television personality and counts former secretary of State Hillary Clinton among his supporters.

Tickets for his 7 p.m. talk at the Centro de Eventos Pedregal are from 29,120 to 162,400 colons, some $53.50 to $298.

Chopra rejects naïve realism because he says it hasn’t been scientifically tenable for at least a century, ever since the quantum era began.

In a 2009 discussion with Richard Dawkins, hosted on YouTube, Chopra says he uses scientific words like quantum as metaphors.

Chopra is a physician who received his training in India and them moved to the United States where he served in traditional medical institutions. His specialty is endocrinology.

He has combined Eastern ideas such as meditation with his own theories of spirituality and subjectivity that he says is independent of objects.

Chopra got a big break with a 1992 appearance

Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra

on the “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

His basic concept is mind over matter. The subtitle of the book “Super Brain” is “unleashing the explosive power of your mind to maximize health, happiness, and spiritual well-being.” A summary says that “Super Brain” shows how to use your brain as a gateway for achieving health, happiness, and spiritual growth.

In addition to the Dawkins discussion above, a more recent 2012 discussion with skeptic Sam Harris illuminates Chopra’s ideas.

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