I wouldn’t have seen this, as I don’t follow Twi**er, but I got an email from Chopra calling my attention to the following tw**t:
It was big of him to do this, though I wish it hadn’t appeared just when I said I wasn’t coming to to his Foundation’s conference, and, in my refusal, gave examples of his nasty tw**ts. That may have given him the impression that my nonattendance was a petulant gesture because he’d been “mean” to me.
Well, his Twi**er invective did bother me a bit, but of course the real reason I’m don’t want to attend is the same reason why I don’t debate creationists: I don’t want to dignify pseudoscience, or give it credibility, by appearing on the platform with its advocates.
So I do accept Chopra’s apology, and laud him for being big enough to admit his meanness—which I still fail to understand given his fame and wealth and my own status as a minnow. But I still cannot bring myself to go to the conference, in which what real science is on tap seems deeply polluted with woo. And I still reserve the right to criticize pseudoscience, even if it comes from someone who’s tendered an apology. Given a choice between Chopra withdrawing his “mean remarks” to me and his withdrawing his unsubstantiated claims about evolution, consciousness, and the like, there’s no doubt which I’d prefer.