You’ve gotta be shittin’ me. Deepak Chopra very publicly tore into Richard Dawkins on The O’Reilly Factor, then when he realized what an ass he came off as, apologized to Dawkins publicly… via Youtube.
It sounds like a genuine apology, of course. Once you get past the parts that Chopra did not apologize for, e.g. all the mendacious and dishonest framing he’d engaged in regarding how the conversation between Chopra and Dawkins went. It’s good that he didn’t use that platform to defend his worldview. It’s good that he apologized for what he did. That apology will never reach the same audience that O’Reilly’s interview did, though.
The entirety of Chopra’s philosophy is predicated on co-opting scientific terms that he simply does not understand, so his accusing Dawkins of using his scientific credentials to camouflage bigotry is beyond something you can apologize for in such a blanket and unspecific manner. No matter how contrite his apology was, it fails on the fundamental level of not specifying why he should be apologizing, and where he does specify, he does it in such a thin gruel manner. This is ultimately the pseudoscientific religious ponce’s version of “I’m sorry for whatever I did that annoyed you.”
Hat tip to The Friendly Atheist. If Hemant hadn’t blogged it, it probably would have escaped my notice.