A quick note on causality and earthquacks. (with a tip-o’the-hat to @batarista)
On Sunday the 4th of April 2010, at 3:40 in the afternoon, the residents of Baja California experienced the effects of a magnitude 7.2 earthquake. One might have assumed that this was down to plate tectonics – the North America plate moving past the Pacific plate, as indeed the US geological survey said in their earthquake summary.
However, they are wrong. It has emerged, via the medium of twitter, that this was not the case. It turns out that alt-med guru and transcendental navel-gazer Deepak Chopra has the answer. Indeed, he is the answer.
Not long after the quake he tweeted:
Had a powerful meditation just now — caused an earthquake in Southern California
It just so happened that at the same time (23:40, BST) I was sound asleep. And if my wife’s constant complaints are anything to go by, probably snoring.
Therefore I proclaim that Deepak Chopra is wrong. It was my snoring that caused the earthquack. I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to those who suffered any ill-effects as a result of this unintentional side-effect of my snoring. Sorry.
PS if Deepak Chopra disagrees with me, let him prove that he was the cause of the earthquack…