Wednesday, July 10, 2013

#627: Joseph "Joe" Dispenza


Joseph Dispenza is an author of several fluffy New-Age snowflake bullshit self-help books, and is particularly notable for his appearance in the deranged piece of pseudo-science delusion “What the Bleep do we know”. Dispenza, who presents himself as "Dr. Dispenza", is the proud possessor of a “Doctor of Chiropractic degree” from Life University, and currently seems to be in the “miraculous healing” business. He is also a follower of Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment, and has produced several Youtube videos in which he talks about quantum physics the way he sees it, which has nothing to do with quantum physics (Dispenza really doesn’t even have the faintest idea what quantum physics is), but a lot to do with gibberish centered around various ridiculous forms of woo and crackpot spirituality crap.

If you enjoy torturing yourself with fluffy fogbanks of pink-tinged drivel, you may check out his DVD series “Your Immortal Brain,” which allegedly “looks at the ways in which the human brain can be used to create reality through the mastery of thought” – which does not mean anything (alludes to the Secret), but that doesn’t seem to matter much to Dispenza; like quantum physics linguistic meaning appears to be just whatever Dispenza fancies it to be at any given moment.

Diagnosis: Pretentious, delusional puddinghead who is apparently convinced that what he thinks becomes reality in virtue of him thinking it. Otherwise Dispenza doesn’t care too much about reality.

34 comments:

  1. Dispenza is a perfect model for the Dunning Kruger effect. He actually believes that he's a Neuroscientist. I think mental illness is the main criteria when Hay House selects its authors.

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    1. That's exactly what I meant to say. Thanks for the correction.

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    2. "Consciousness is the X factor [that collapses the wave into a particle]" Von Neumann. mathematician. You might read Amit Goswami, physicist, if you think its all drivel. I don't know Dr. Joe or his work, but I know the principles behind it are not drivel, thy are primary universal creative law (physical law is a contract - and is secondary)

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    3. Oh, I am familiar with the consciousness collapses the wave function-idea. It's drivel. But here is the thing: Even if it were correct, it wouldn't remotely support the New Age, feel-good, hand-waving nonsense promoted by Dispenza.

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  2. A friend recommended the work of this nut. What a glib arrogant man. He appears to believe that he's a neuroscientist and uses this title on his web site. His bio states that he studied Biochemistry at Rutgers, but he doesn't say for how long, one day? One year? Who knows? The only courses he seems to have passed are in Chiropractic and a BS from some Liberal Arts College, which, he claims, an emphasis on neuroscience,whatever that means. This guy is nothing more than a snake oil salesman.

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  3. Strange this guy doesn't have a Wikipedia page.

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    1. I noticed the same thing. I was curious what kind of "Dr." he was. When i didn't find a wikipedia page, I thought to myself "I bet he is a chiropractor". I looked up a page saying Dr. Joe Dispenza biography and laughed out loud when I read he was a chiropractor

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    2. I suppose being a chiropractor is beneath your station then. I work in the oilfield as a crane operator. To you I must be a tremendous joke.

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  4. yeah truly this guy, what does he know? I mean 4 doctors told him to get an operation because he had hurt 6 vertebrae very seriously. But you know a guru like him, why should he right? hey for all you know that was 30 years ago, and he did managed to get completely healed, what do YOU GUYS know about anything?

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  5. These guys who who say joe dispenza is a loon Obviously Don't Know Anything.Never judge. READ DISPENZA'S books judiciously and tell me if you are not blown away

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    1. Have been listening to this guy in my car (audible).... complete BS. He talks about quantum energy and basically uses scientific language to fit his narrative.

      I wanted a book to help me start thinking more positively in the new year after a difficult year. I thought this could be it. After reading the first chapter I can honestly say this guy is indeed mental...

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  6. Can’t find any legitimate educational background on this doctor. I don’t suppose there are state exams or licenses for neuro scientists.

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  7. Dr Joe teaches MEDITATION. If your not willing to Work to change them go get a life somewhere else. Your blog should be called the BS hater blog. You put All your energy into hating. That's what your selling. BS.

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    1. Vp Mvp, I'm really curious about this person. Instead of focusing on the criticism, can you tell us more about him? He claims to be a neuroscientist, which while not a legally-protected title would seem to require some advanced training and/or original research publication credits. Instead, what I see on his Linked-in page is a carefully-worded statement that he attended Rutgers where he studied Neuroscience, and that he "also has a B.S. degree" (which seems to carefully not name Rutgers as the institution be degreed from).

      This strikes me as fishy, and nakedly deceptive. Am I mistaken? Did he not obtain a chiropractic degree from a private chiropractic school? Because I guarantee, there are no leading neuroscientists he could've studied under there.

      Are we mistaken? Can he legitimately claim expertise in Neuroscience? Peer-reviewed scientific publications? Co-authorships?

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    2. Here's what's on Dispenza's bio-page at "Quantum University"

      "Dr. Joe Dispenza, D.C., studied biochemistry at Rutgers University and also holds a B.S. degree with an emphasis in Neuroscience. Dr. Dispenza received his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Life University in Atlanta, Georgia, graduating magna cum laude."



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    3. But Life University is a laughable parody of an educational institution. No reasonable person would rank a degree from that place higher than a degree bought on the Internet through a link in a spam email.

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  8. The man's qualification is experiential rather than academic which is fine by me. In the end you have to use your own discernment to decide if someone has something to offer you, rather than listen to the self-aggrandizing naysayers own rants. I found this article informative http://www.superconsciousness.com/topics/health/physician-heal-thyself

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    1. As someone who went out and did experiments in a field myself, I agree. It is different than reading it in a book.

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  9. The fact that thousands of people are healing themselves with his meditations including a friend of mine who was partially paralysed and went from wheelchair, to two walking sticks and then finally discarding the sticks altogether at one of his workshops makes your 'article' completely redundant. I genuinely feel sorry for the negative posters who will be trapped in the 20th century paradigm..

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    1. Absolutely!
      To the skeptics, if you are not ready for a fundamental spiritual shift, then his philosophy will mean nothing to you... and that's okay

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    2. Yes, very well said. I'm a living example of using my mind power to heal myself. I'm wounded warrior. While hospitalized, conventional medicine practiced by the best specialists each having earned multiple advanced degrees NEARLY KILLED ME!! I was nearly another static of death by doctor. I finally made a full recovery by using non stop visualizations, refusing surgeries. I walked then swam daily. Finally I linked to with an experienced natural path specialist. I made a full recovery much to the disbelief of my medical specialists, whom btw,I have great respect. They only follow theyre conventional training, which for the most part is outdated. I only just discovered Dr. Joe. His story caught my attention for being so similar to mine. To ask the naysayers including the author of this blog, to you I say, shame on you.

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  10. I think the weight of his story is deeply underestimated. Just a brief glimpse at the timeline of medicine from 3300bc to today,I don't think there is a single hope, belief or example recorded of a complete regeneration of crushed vertebrae in medicine...what to speak of having done so using the mind...the blog post author has not done his research otherwise you would know Dr Joes personal story. The fact is he healed his own crushed vertabrae.As far as medical research goes,this has never ever happened before.

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    1. That's because he lied about the extent of his injuries. They weren't crushed. He DID have surgery and chiropractic. He did NOT heal his body through force of will.

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  11. Ah, just to poke the fire! And again offer many thanks to this forum. I had seen a couple of vidz in my YT feed that came recommended. I watched a couple that referred to David Hawkins and his "works"... and before I sank another few hours, i looked him up on this list. Saved! then there is this maniac Dispensa (of woo?!) Man, i like to listen to the mad ravings of Flat Earthers and word salad at bed time. Sends me right off as the brain can just switch off! Im wondering though, what long term damage this is going to do. However, just a quick shout out again to the chaps who sank a lot of time in to this forum. Anyway... i notice "Dis-poser" is currently doing the rounds, as featured on popular podcasts. And he just talks utter shit. For the longest times, the self help always ranted on about "gratitude" (and there seems to be something about the vegus nerve that triggers something or other - meh, whatever) but i was often stuck about being "grateful" to whom...for what (turns out it doesnt matter) but at last, i can say im grateful that I see the woo woo BS for what it is. Sadly though, there are desperate people out there who will waste YEARS and much needed $$$ chasing the "secret" or, aptly, running down rabbit holes. Its entertainment for sure... but it can't be taken as a foundation or framework for life.

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  12. I’m wondering how many of the hateful commentators have actually reached deep, powerful states of meditation regularly. I too do not appreciate Joe’s loose use of words like “Quantum,” etc - but it’s the impact on your life that his and so many other meditations may have when applied with discipline. It is not WOO WOO (a redundant and vague phrase used just as loosely as Quantum) when the results of the student are measurable and profound. My life has changed radically since applying meditative techniques, and yes, sometimes they leave me in awe. I respect others’ uncertainty in Joe’s phrasing, but if you have not regularly achieved deep states of meditation - then the point is... simply lost on you.

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    1. Excellent points Brett. People that toss out the benefits of meditation because they convince themselves that its just cosmic ooze are really missing out. I say we let them miss out. They will never get their mind where it needs to be to benefit from it anyway.

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    2. I was completely captivated by Dr Joe's talks, convincing expertise in both science and metaphysics, and his inspiring words of wisdom so naturally tried to google him to find out more information. Could not find anything that was not self-promotional. I then heard him talk about his many broken vertebrae, prognosis for never walking again, refusal of surgery and then miraculous recovery. I would like to know why a Dr himself and "neuroscientist" who experienced a miraculous healing after a serious spinal injury does not include scientific evidence (Xrays, drs' reports, testimonials etc) in his many talks about this experience. This is a no brainer for me. There seems to be inconsistencies in his credentials - "I wanted to learn about neuroscience so I got a neuroscience degree". One of his many websites says his career related degree touched on neuroscience. That was not his major. Why say otherwise? Unfortunately I question Dr Joe's sincerity.

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    3. This is my third attempt to post here. Apologies if previous posts went and I am repeating myself.
      My main question is about Dr Joe's spinal injury and miraculous healing some years ago now. Why as a doctor himself and "neuroscientist" he does not include any physical evidence in his talks such as Xrays, Drs' reports etc about his claims. I would like to know when and where his accident took place and would like to hear from his friends as well as healthcare professionals about what they witnessed. My second query is about Dr Joe's academic credentials. He is inconsistent and ambiguous about what degrees he has. E.g. "I wanted to learn about neuroscience so I did a degree in neuroscience", however, elsewhere his bio says his main degree subject focused on neuroscience but was not actually in that subject. Why say it then? Such a smart person would avoid inaccuracy. Finally why is it near impossible to find any information on line about Dr Joe that is not self promotional? This is very curious.

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    4. Hi. Comments on older posts have to go through moderation (given aggressive spammers), and I sometimes don't have the opportunity to go through them right away. So, yes - comments on older posts may occasionally be kept in limbo for a day or so. Sorry about that. They will be posted eventually, though.

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