The Ethereal conference, set to begin on May 11th, has fallen on some controversy involving one of its newly announced guests, Deepak Chopra.
Ethereal brings futurists, entrepreneurs, investors, media icons, government officials, artists, musicians, and humanitarians for a day of storytelling and knowledge sharing.
This is the pledge of those running the Ethereal conference, poised to be one of the larger blockchain-related conferences in the current ecosystem. From the event’s description, it may sound as though the Ethereal conference doesn’t have a lot to do with cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies. However, blockchain technology is at the center of the topics which will be addressed at the conference.
With the conference coming up, the Ethereal team has begun announcing speakers for the conference.
Until recently, the reception around these speakers and presenters was quite positive. Major players such as the co-founder of Ethereum, Joseph Lubin, and Yorke Rhodes, co-founder of the blockchain division at Microsoft, have been joining the standings as presenters.
However, when Ethereal announced the addition of Deepak Chopra to the lineup of presenters, public sentiment took a trip south. The public quickly expressed their outrage with a large discussion blowing up on social media platforms such as Twitter and Reddit.
The crypto world is not happy with Deepak Chopra https://t.co/59OZRgicHC
— Quartz (@qz) April 15, 2018
So Who is Deepak Chopra?
Deepak Chopra is a controversial author and public speaker who has some background in the medical field. He is primarily known today as a major figure in the New Age movement. Over the course of his over 20-year writing and public speaking history, he has garnered large amounts of both support and backlash from different groups around the world.
The reason why he is so controversial is that he often dismisses common scientific facts with alternative theories that clash with common knowledge. Take the example of him saying “HIV may be a precipitating agent in a susceptible host. The material agent is never the cause of