Basically, Chopra doesn’t have a clue about what he chooses to critique. But even he halfway admits that at the end of his article. While a fisking of Deepak Chopra’s article (part 2) could be useful, I’ll just point out a rock-solid counter to his blithering: parasite-mediated control of host behavior. What you get in these systems are genetically-based programs that aren’t simply part of an organism’s phenotype, they do their real work by changing the behavior of the host organism. Maybe Chopra should spend a little remedial time reading up, starting with Carl Zimmer’s Parasite Rex .
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