I believe that Dr. Wayne Dyer is a gibbering idiot (part2)
Try as I might, I can’t find a way to prove my point without specific examples. This is no real surprise; proof becomes allegation without facts to hang the arguments upon. Using quotes is no assurance of making a point, however. Dr. Wayne Dyer’s statements are often vague enough to support wide interpretation. It appears to me that Dr. Dyer fancies himself a prophet, minister, or shaman, and like any of these believers, the defense that I have misunderstood his message is open to him. Pay no attention to the unbeliever in the back of the room. That being said, this is what my reasoning ability tells me about Dr. Dyer’s message.
Dr. Dyer credits his … I don’t rightly know what to call it … ministry of intent? … vision? … breakthrough into the world of New Age marketing? I’ll be kind and stick to vision. He credits Carlos Castaneda with providing him a starting point, specifically, “Intent is a force that exists in the universe. When sorcerers (those who live of the source) beckon intent, it comes to them and sets up the path for attainment, which means that sorcerers always accomplish what they set out to do.” Taken from The Active Side Of Infinity, Castaneda’s last book. Would it surprise you to learn that I have more than one problem with those two sentences? For example: “always”??? I have not read Carlos Castaneda since the 1970’s and I only ever read his first three books. I did not read his later work because someone whose opinion I trusted told me that, what started out as an interesting foray into anthropological philosophy and a potential method for a person to connect with their own hindbrain had degenerated into pure mysticism. I did not want Castaneda to lose his place in my journey, so I went no farther along his path. Perhaps I will attempt to unbolt that part of the New Age Frankenstein’s Monster at another time. For now, I return to Dr. Dyer.
Quoting from Dr. Dyer’s book, The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-Create Your World Your Way, “Some prominent researchers believe that our intelligence, creativity, and imagination interact with the energy field of intention rather than being thoughts or elements in our brain.” This is a massive confusion of ideas, bordering on gibberish. “Some prominent researchers…” who? From a later sentence in the same book, “If scientific evidence appeals to you, I suggest you read The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe by Lynne McTaggart. Perhaps Ms. McTaggart is the “some” to which he refers? But no, he said “researchers”, not scientists, and all you need to be a researcher is a book and the ability to read it. Besides, Lynne McTaggart is not a scientist, she is a hack, in the oldest sense of the word, ruthlessly whittling down quantum physics to fit her preconceived ideas. “Prominent”? How? Do you need recognition from a higher authority, equally dubious peers, or just a following to be “prominent”? Moving on: “…believe that our intelligence, creativity, and imagination interact with the energy field of intention rather than being thoughts in our own brain”. Believe. How nice for them. And what, do they believe makes this “interaction” necessary? Intelligence is the measure of the result of a person’s knowledge, aptitude, and problem solving ability. There is wide dispute as to how to make this measurement, but if we agree that we all have it to a greater or lesser degree, and also agree that we have imagination and creativity, what else is required to perform an act of will besides a physical presence to commit the creative process to action? Dr. Dyer is attempting to remove the thought process and the will to commit action, and the decision to commit action or to procrastinate from my own brain and place them into the world of the mysterious and unseen. Boy, how nice to have an unseen force, and my failure to tap into it, to blame for my own failings. Balderdash.
One more example of the rampant confusion of ideas taking place in this pseudoscientific psudoreligious ersatz philosophy: “A tiny acorn with no apparent power to think or make plans for its future contains intention from the invisible field. If you cut the acorn open, you won’t see a giant oak tree, but you know it’s there.” Dr. Wayne Dyer, The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-Create Your World Your Way. No it doesn’t, no it isn’t, and no, I don’t. What the acorn contains is the plant equivalent of a zygote, and enough nourishment to give it a start in the world, proper growing conditions being met. This is what I would see if I cut open an acorn. That’s what I know is there. The acorn has the potential to become a seedling oak, or get eaten by a squirrel, or shoot out the bottom of my lawnmower, etc. If this is what Dr. Dyer means by “intent”, I think his definition needs work. The giant oak tree that he thinks he sees in that acorn is the product of a plant system that, every year, creates energy by photosynthesis, hoards that energy in its root system, and uses that energy for a burst of growth every spring. In the course of its life, it will also suck up tons of water and minerals to use in this process. I don’t see the intent to become an oak tree when I look at a wet pile of dirt, but that dirt makes up more of my future oak tree than the contents of an acorn does. There is another problem with assigning intent to the acorn. Say the acorn had intent to be a giant oak. Did it also have intent to grow a limb so large that it was torn off in a storm? Did it then have the intent to be so wounded as to allow infection to kill it? Was its ignorance of the laws of increase of volumetric mass versus surface area an ultimate intent to commit suicide? When one has to draw an arbitrary line through a chain of causality that, in itself, is only one of several possible outcomes, one has bias. A biased opinion of the nature of the universe disproves itself.