Monday, April 23, 2007

Calibrate This!

File under: Gurubusting

We immediately rejected the idea that applied kinesiology can measure "levels" of enlightenment the instant we heard it. Talk about a room full of ducks doing what only ducks do!

It's all in the joke work known as Power Vs. Force by David Hawkins, M.D. and Ph.D. Apparently, Hawkins has recently made moves to promote himself as a spiritual leader. When a reader turned our head toward him, we succumbed to our laziness and suggested the reader write about him and send it in, which he did! It was a good move on our part:
Applied Quackery: David Hawkins and Applied Kinesiology

While Dr. David Hawkins at least mentions some true spiritual teachers, such as Sri Ramana Maharshi, the main premise of his work is that the pseudoscience applied kinesiology can determine truth from falsity. I can see why some people might believe Dr. Hawkins’ claims; after all, Dr. Hawkins has an M.D. and a Ph.D. But, while he is a psychiatrist, his Ph.D. is from the unaccredited diploma mill Columbia Pacific University, a fact not noted in his books or on his website. This degree is the basis of his work.

Noted skeptics such as professor of philosophy and author of The Skeptic's Dictionary, Dr. Robert Todd Carroll, have thoroughly debunked Dr. Hawkins' claims, and James Randi has challenged Dr. Hawkins to win his "One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge" with Dr. Hawkins’ applied kinesiology technique, though Mr. Randi stated that he believes Dr. Hawkins would not even attempt to apply to win the prize for "obvious" reasons.

Since Dr. Hawkins’ work is spiritual, not just pseudoscientific, Dr. Hawkins can pull the "don't be skeptical, have faith" line to followers of his work.

But even John Diamond, M.D., who originated Behavioral Kinesiology with the approval of the founder of applied kinesiology, George Goodheart, has criticized Dr. Hawkins' version of applied kinesiology. As has Eric Pierotti, the current president of the International College of Applied Kinesiology, who stated that it "could not be further from the truth” that Dr. Hawkins' methodology even is applied kinesiology.

So whether a person believes applied kinesiology is science or not, skeptics, mainstream scientists, as well as prominent practitioners of applied kinesiology, all consider Dr. Hawkins' version of applied kinesiology to not be true.

For the record, all the double-blind studies, research, and reviews at the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health indicate that applied kinesiology is not science, indeed is "not more useful than random guessing," and does not work.

But perhaps a reader of Dr. Hawkins may find redeeming spiritual quality in his work, even if Dr. Hawkins' claims regarding applied kinesiology are not true. To that I would point out that Dr. Hawkins' work has also been criticized from spiritual media such as at Strictly Spiritual, Sarlo's Guru Rating Service, EnergyGrid Alternative Media, Dowsers, PES Network Inc., as well as by fellow Dr. Wayne Dyer-endorsed Hay House author Gary Renard in his book Your Immortal Reality, and even prominent teachers of A Course in Miracles believe Dr. Hawkins' work is nonsense.

But what is worse is that Dr. Hawkins has apparently started a cult out of this system, as suggested by psychiatrist Peter A. Olsson, M.D., author of Malignant Pied Pipers of Our Time: A Psychological Study of Destructive Cult Leaders from Rev. Jim Jones to Osama bin Laden, who believes Dr. Hawkins "has apparently taken a grandiose road less traveled, and...may have morphed into a malignant pied piper," and as written at the Rick A. Ross Institute Cult Education Forum and as reported by the New England Institute of Religious Research.

Even Dr. Hawkins' "Map of Consciousness" is not original. It is very similar to L. Ron Hubbard's "Tone Scale," and I understand that both of these have their origin in psychoanalytic research (which is why they appear similar).

If a person is looking for a scientific book, I would suggest The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan.

If a person is hoping for a spiritual work, consider Talks With Ramana Maharshi: On Realizing Abiding Peace and Happiness by Ramana Maharshi.

Dr. Hawkins’ work with his version of applied kinesiology is not scientific. Even foremost proponents of applied kinesiology do not believe Dr. Hawkins' work is true. The work has been criticized scientifically, as well as by spiritual seekers and by cult experts.
It's a mannered piece about a new wackadoo trying to emerge into the mainstream.

Here's our take: get ready for another insufferable, grandiose narcissist brimming over with pathological self-regard, offering nothing more than his own personal delusions as your objective spiritual truth.

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24 Comments:

At 4/24/2007 9:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read Dawkin's book several years ago based on a recommendation by a healer I really admire. My "rational side" kept going, "this guy's whacked". Then I got to the part where he says Sam Walton was a genius businessman. Walton, of course, is the creator of Wal-Mart, and to me that is a very evil, anti-human corporation. Finally I just let my coporearl/rational side have the final say on Dawkins, as my spiritual/rational side was too disgusted to read on.

 
At 4/24/2007 9:53 AM, Anonymous Chuck said...

Can't see how this Hawkins fellow being a Limey physicist with a funny voice is going to make it big over here in the cult market. But he's right about Sam Walton. When I lived in Fayetteville, Arkansas I used to get my hardware and fishin worm needs met in Sam's original store. It was an old fashion hardware with wooden floors and ceiling. I also heard on National Public Radio that a few years ago when Walmart had a big convention they had a psychic contact the spirit of Sam to give em some inspiration. He quoted from Genisis (the book not the musical group) had em sing the Star Spangled Banner!

Another funny note. A friend of mine who lived in Fairfield, Iowa in the 80's told me that Sam Walton used to manage a Woolworths there long ago. When the Walmart came into town in 1985 or 6, it was placed directly next door and the Woolworths went out of business before the Walmart opened.

 
At 4/24/2007 7:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have read Hawkins for years and have seen him in person a few times.

He is the real deal. He is definitely enlightened, awakened, realized, which is over 600 in his system.

Ramana was calibrated at 720, along with Nisargadatta Maharaj.

I am surprised to see that Jody finally posted something on Hawkins, since he has known about him for years on Guru Ratings.

Well, it took somebody else to actually write about him, to have it on his site. Oh well.

 
At 4/24/2007 7:31 PM, Blogger jody said...

he has known about him for years on Guru Ratings.

Whenever I consider Hawkin's ridiculous notions, I quickly become bored. His ideas about enlightenment are the worst kind of deluded speculation. They just weren't worth any effort. But if he's going to be claiming divinity for himself, he's fair game around here. And with all the awesome readers at this blog, I'm sure I'll have plenty of material to pass along about this rising flimflammer.

 
At 4/24/2007 8:54 PM, Anonymous Puccini said...

"He is the real deal...over 600 in his system. Ramana was calibrated at 720, along with Nisargadatta Maharaj."

I find it so amusing that even after Hawkins' system is shown to be a complete sham, Hawkinazis still buy into this lunacy. Who cares about "calibration?" Ramana was the "real deal" regardless of Hawkins' pseudoscientific nonsense.

Hawkins represents the worst kind of spiritual authoritariansim. It is sad that after so much evidence is revealed, followers still grovel at his feet.

 
At 4/25/2007 8:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

>>""He is the real deal...over 600 in his system. Ramana was calibrated at 720, along with Nisargadatta Maharaj."<<

Hey, I see a REAL opportunity here! Take a guy and a gal from Atlantis....read up on Ken Wilbur/Andrew Cohen's "color system" of spiritual levels, add a little Dawkin's- style "calibration" and you've got a real money-making system for the upcoming "big change time":2012! Maybe turn all those orgone accumulators from the 1960s into "energetic level calibration sensors"??? Somehow, those "flag thongs" have to be included...maybe you wear them while your spiritual attainment is tested??? like a lunghi? Geez! what a world? Oh, sorry, I forgot...it's all an illusion...lol.
anony-mouselet

 
At 4/25/2007 9:44 AM, Anonymous chuck said...

anonymuscle head said...He is the real deal. He is definitely enlightened, awakened, realized, which is over 600 in his system.

..........

If you think this Dr. Hawkup is the real deal, I've got a talking mule to sell you. He don't limp very much!

 
At 4/25/2007 12:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you think this Dr. Hawkup is the real deal, I've got a talking mule to sell you. He don't limp very much"

Dear Chuck,
tell us! what does SriLaSri Muleji say? does he chant bhajans? give hugs? give shaktipat? Poor Sri mule, limping from taking on all our karmas...how he suffers..."crucified" in his stable! well, of course, he would live in a stable! so humble and wise ..how much are his intensives? what to offer for darshan? hay? grass? money?
Is he a Republican? like those 20 mules from the "20 mule team Borax" commercials in the 60s?
anonie

 
At 4/25/2007 12:46 PM, Blogger jody said...

From a rejected comment:

Is Jody promoting a one-sided debacle here?

Yes.

 
At 4/26/2007 8:07 AM, Anonymous Chuck said...

anonymustache said...Dear Chuck,
tell us! what does SriLaSri Muleji say? does he chant bhajans?
.....................

Frankly, Da Free Jack don't say much. He's just got the one mantra,
"Haw!" that he gives to one and all. But the mule is eloquent in silence and communicates the deeper secrets speaking through this humble and expansive body (Chuckji). Donations to Free Jack are received only in the form of sorghum-molasses balls. He don't care much for alfalfa. However donations to Chuckji in the form of US greenbacks are accepted right and left. All denominations are welcome.

 
At 4/29/2007 11:37 AM, Anonymous durga said...

Does this applied kinesiology stuff have to do muscle testing? I went to a chiropractor who was into some kind of kinesiology. He had me hold my finger near a tooth and then he tested the strength in my arm and told me that that would determine if my tooth was the problem. he decided it was, so he sent me to a dentist. the dentist took an xray of the tooth and said he couldn't tell if it was bad, but took the word of the chirpractor/kinesiologist and pulled the tooth. The condition did not improve one iota and I was out $1700. In any case, the chiropractor was ok in the traditional sorts of things chiropractors do, but was somehow misled into this crock of bs. I have never heard of kinesiology as related to consciousness calibrating, though. I did hear it mentioned in relation to deeksha, though, a few months ago, but had no idea it was the brainchild of steven hawkings.

 
At 4/29/2007 11:53 AM, Blogger jody said...

I did hear it mentioned in relation to deeksha, though, a few months ago, but had no idea it was the brainchild of steven hawkings.

It's David Hawkins. The Kracki uses this quackery as a flattery device, both to himself and also to rich Westerners and the Western gurus he wants to shill his flimflammery.

 
At 4/29/2007 1:16 PM, Anonymous durga said...

"It's David Hawkins. The Kracki uses this quackery as a flattery device, both to himself and also to rich Westerners and the Western gurus he wants to shill his flimflammery."

I guess it's another way the conspicuously enlightened can maintain duality and think of themselves as special.

 
At 4/30/2007 9:27 AM, Blogger Citizen Deux said...

You went to a chiropractor for some AK (completely bogus) analysis and then had a dentist X-ray and remove your tooth?

Why didn't the dentist simply hit you in the head with a hammer and call it even? That dentist should have taken the x-ray and sent you packing!

All religion / faith is fraud at its heart.

 
At 4/30/2007 1:52 PM, Anonymous durga said...

"Why didn't the dentist simply hit you in the head with a hammer and call it even? That dentist should have taken the x-ray and sent you packing!"
Thanks CD,I recognize you from Connie's blog but I had been calling myself moi there. I am surprised to hear such a wise crack from you. Thought you were a more considerate fellow.
Fyi, I was going to the chiropractor for chronic pain in a neck muscle and he thought it might have been caused by a tooth that was cracked. He gave me a complicated explanation of how cracked teeth let in bacteria that can get into your glands and affect other parts of your body (then he did the AK to prove it). I was desperate so I took his advice and went to a dentist, who the chiropractor is friends with. The dentist did take an xray and said he was uncertain. So he called the chiropractor and the quack told him he was 100% sure it was the tooth. Dentist took tooth out, condition did not improve, end of story. I will tell you the name of the chiropractor if it is permitted to do so on this blog, and you can check him out for yourself.

 
At 4/30/2007 5:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But, while he is a psychiatrist, his Ph.D. is from the unaccredited diploma mill "

while hes a shrink...a dubious distinction far as im concerned

 
At 5/01/2007 8:32 AM, Anonymous Chuck said...

"But, while he is a psychiatrist, his Ph.D. is from the unaccredited diploma mill "

Durga, I'm not supposed to be talkin to you but it sounds like your chiropractor-shrink is Mr. John Gray, author of Men are from Mars and Women Tend to be Whores. I heard he was a Texan but didn't believe it cause he looks like a wussie!

 
At 5/01/2007 5:46 PM, Blogger Citizen Deux said...

Durga,

I am so sorry if I offended. I really meant that the dentist should have done more due diligence - rather than accept advice from a chiropractor. Seems a little out of their depth.

I shot you an e-mail on the issue as well. I am actually a considerate fellow, however, my own self importance led me to post an insensitive comment.

Mea Culpa and I am sorry.

Thanks for the e-mail!

CD

 
At 5/01/2007 6:23 PM, Anonymous durga said...

"Durga, I'm not supposed to be talkin to you but it sounds like your chiropractor-shrink is Mr. John Gray, "

Chuck, I am not really sure why you are not supposed to be talking to me. I probably should get off the blogosphere anyway cause I'm way too thin skinned to be doing this.

 
At 5/01/2007 6:28 PM, Anonymous durga said...

"Durga, I'm not supposed to be talkin to you"

Chuck, has someone insulted you in my name while I was off of guruphiliac?

 
At 5/02/2007 7:35 AM, Blogger CHUCK said...

No durga, you'd just have to look back to Jody's "worthy of the wall" post to find out why. It's a sad story, really...

 
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At 9/14/2014 5:26 PM, Anonymous Jacob said...

Hi Jody,

Actually, Hawkins got his Map of Consciousness from Lester Levenson, who was directly influenced by L. Ron Hubbard's work. For instance, Hawkins' famed level 200 comes from Hubbard's tone 2.0; fear is at level 100/tone 1.0; anger is at level 150/tone 1.5; and so on. The details of the development of the map have finally been hashed out by the respective research of Scott Jeffrey--Hawkins' biographer--and Arjuna Aletheia. See "Power vs. Truth" by Jeffrey, and the "Secrets of David R. Hawkins" series by Aletheia. Hope you enjoy!

Check out:

http://www3.telus.net/public/sarlo/RatingsF.htm#hawk

http://www.scottjeffrey.com/power-vs-truth-david-r-hawkins/

http://de.spiritualwiki.org/Hawkins/Buch12E

I found some other comments around this blog.

"[Hawkins] has done more to promote spiritual ignorance than 1000 Ken Wilbers...enlightenment cannot and will never be quantified."~Jody

Cheers!

 
At 9/14/2014 5:38 PM, Anonymous Jacob said...

Hi Jody,

Actually, Hawkins got his Map of Consciousness from Lester Levenson, who was directly influenced by L. Ron Hubbard's work. For instance, Hawkins' famed level 200 comes from Hubbard's tone 2.0; fear is at level 100/tone 1.0; anger is at level 150/tone 1.5; and so on. The details of the development of the map have finally been hashed out by the respective research of Scott Jeffrey--Hawkins' biographer--and Arjuna Aletheia. See "Power vs. Truth" by Jeffrey, and the "Secrets of David R. Hawkins" series by Aletheia. Hope you enjoy!

Check out:

http://www3.telus.net/public/sarlo/RatingsF.htm#hawk

http://www.scottjeffrey.com/power-vs-truth-david-r-hawkins/

http://de.spiritualwiki.org/Hawkins/Buch12E

I found some other comments around this blog.

"[Hawkins] has done more to promote spiritual ignorance than 1000 Ken Wilbers...enlightenment cannot and will never be quantified."~Jody

Cheers!

 

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