Thursday, March 31, 2011

#182: Barbara Marx Hubbard

Nope, she’s apparently not related to that other more famous Hubbard. Barbara Marx Hubbard is the current President of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution, author of several books and featured in the 2006 film “Entheogen: Awakening the Divine Within”, a ‘documentary about rediscovering an enchanted cosmos in the modern world’. Yes, it’s woo, and it’s the quantum type – full-fledged ‘What the bleep do we know’-style.

She claims that humanity, having ‘come to possess the powers that we used to attribute to the gods’, is presently in a critical and dangerous ‘Late Transition’ to ‘the next stage of human evolution’, a transition that was commenced with the atomic bombings of Hiroshima. The idea is ‘Conscious Evolution’, the ‘evolution of evolution, from unconscious to conscious choice’, in other words ‘an awakening of a 'memory' that resides in the synthesis of human knowing, from spiritual to social to scientific as the only solution"

That kind. Read her conversation with the equally fluffily gullible Jeff Mishlove here, or her interview with Dennis Hughes (publisher of Share Guide, The Holistic Health Magazine and Resource Directory) here to get an idea. She is, in other words, your typical new age (“futurist”) bullshitter, an accomplice of Deepak Chopra and Michael Bernard Beckwith who employs scientific concepts she doesn’t begin to (or try to) comprehend, filling them out with wishful thinking and what she wants from post-modernism.

Diagnosis: Another professional propagator of amazing new-age, feel-good gibberish. Her methods seem to be confirmation bias and wishful thinking. She has some followers, but her real impact is uncertain.

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