Hark, A Wild Deepak Chopra Appears

deepak-3OSU is setting the stage, Tuesday, Feb. 23 at LaSells Stewart Center, for nationally acclaimed and criticized alternative health advocate Deepak Chopra. Tickets range from $59 to $175 and Chopra’s presentation, titled “The Future of Wellbeing,” will focus on “higher health,” referencing recent discoveries in conventional and alternative health practices.

Anticipated to address such soul-searching (and somewhat vague) inquiries as “Is there an ultimate reality?”, Chopra’s lecture will center around consciousness in relation to human evolution. With over 70 books published, Chopra’s work claims to integrate quantum physics, referencing a “network of intelligence” which controls our physical beings. Such convictions, said to be devoid of any empirically evidenced foundation, are why Chopra remains heavily disregarded in esteemed scientific communities.

Though considered by some a sensationalist profiting from popularized alternative practices, Chopra remains a hot-ticket motivator. His co-founded Chopra Center for Wellbeing, located in Carlsbad, California, utilizes the ancient holistic healing practices of Ayurveda and annually grosses around $20 million.

Despite the controversy, Chopra’s motivational mind-body approach offers creative and self-exploratory insights. Some of his most acclaimed proponents include Oprah and deceased “King of Pop” Michael Jackson. So, is Chopra “the poet-prophet of alternative medicine” as Time magazine claims he is, or a conniving New Age snake oil salesman? I leave the decision to you and your wallet.

 At LaSells, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 7:30 to 10 p.m. For ticket info, visit http://oregonstate.edu/lasells/events.

By Stevie Beisswanger