IPCC's Pauchauri and the aliens er, spirits, er, Shirley MacLaine

Donna LaFramboise writes to tell me:

The head of the IPCC has written a novel in which the central character [Sanjay] is infatuated with pseudoscience and in which UFO enthusiast Shirley MacLaine is presented as credible. The final installment of the Nobel Laureate Summer Reading series.

Excerpt from Donna’s Article:

As a young Hindu, Sanjay thinks about life’s great mysteries – and wonders how the soul passes from one body to another during the process of reincarnation. He consults a couple of swamis, visits a few sacred locales, and later, as a result of his meditation fame, comes to be regarded as a spiritual leader in his own right.

What kind of spirituality? The sort associated with Hollywood actress Shirley MacLean – who appears as a character in this novel, voicing lines written by Pachauri. These days, MacLean is famous for her outspoken views about extraterrestrial life. According to a recent article on Oprah Winfrey’s website, MacLaine has

seen many UFOs from the deck of her New Mexico property. “I’ve seen a mothership here, and I’ve seen them at my ranch,” she says. “One famous day, a friend of mine was sitting in my hot tub out there, and three UFOs came over and hovered over the hot tub for about 10 minutes.”

…Shirley says that she believes extraterrestrials are attracted to the many crystals around New Mexico. “Crystals amplify the consciousness,” she says. “They’re attracted to that crystal amplification.”

She says she has never seen an alien but says their teaching is that the soul does not die. “The soul is everlasting, and its learning experience is lifetime after lifetime.”

In the novel, MacLaine’s ideas are not ridiculed. Quite the opposite. Sanjay treats her as an intellectual equal and takes her advice. While she doesn’t mention UFOs specifically, she urges Sanjay to travel to Peru:

You won’t believe the spiritual richness of that land. God does not reside above in that place. He has actually descended on to the mountains, and you can feel his presence everywhere.

When Sanjay and MacLaine meet for dinner in that country, we’re advised that a member of her entourage is “known to communicate with the spirits.”

Read: The IPCC, UFOs & Pseudoscience

See also: IPCC now in Bizarroland: Pachauri releases “smutty” romance novel

Note: The MacLaine spelling error from Donna’s original article has been corrected in several places – Anthony

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July 31, 2013 8:40 am

Shirley MacLean’s really gone downhill since her puppeteering days.

July 31, 2013 8:43 am

On the subject of books:
We’re writing about the order you placed on July 15, 2013 (Order# xxxxxxxxxxxx). Unfortunately, the release date for the item(s) listed below has changed, and we need to provide you with a new delivery estimate based on the new release date:
Vahrenholt, Fritz “The Neglected Sun: Why the Sun Precludes Climate Catastrophe”
Estimated arrival date: September 17, 2013 – September 19, 2013
I do not plan to order Pauchauris.

Graeme No.3
July 31, 2013 8:46 am

Communicating with alien spirits by the aid of crystals?
So that is how the IPCC comes up with its statements.

Michael Palmer
July 31, 2013 8:55 am

Is this story referring to Shirley MacLaine? I have not heard of a Shirley McLean or McLane, but then I don’t watch many movies.

Pamela Gray
July 31, 2013 9:03 am

Sounds like a B-movie foreign film in the making, based on a low-end stereotypical (cough-gag-choke) novel. Will go straight to video and watched by a few people in India before hitting the garage sale shelf.

July 31, 2013 9:05 am

Whoops, I confused Shirley MacLean with Shari Lewis:

July 31, 2013 9:06 am

Crystals? The 16th century called and wants their “science” back….

July 31, 2013 9:15 am

I always thought climatology made strange bedfellows.

John V. Wright
July 31, 2013 9:16 am

Anthony/Mods – OT but I posted a story two days ago, not about aliens but about the French banning Mercedes cars with a particular type of air coolant. Not done that before so don’t know what happens next – if it doesn’t make the cut, does someone drop a line to let us know?
[If it goes up then you have your answer. If it doesn’t then keep on sending us stuff but you will not be told if if or why it isn’t used as a thread. I would expect more of these items to appear in Anthony’s new magazine/compendium post called “WUWT Hot SHeet” as time goes on. In the meantime don’t give up and never think that what you, or anyone else, put up into Tips and Notes isn’t read and appreciated.
Thanks . . mod]

July 31, 2013 9:18 am

“the central character [Sanjay] is infatuated with pseudoscience”
Just like the author.

July 31, 2013 9:23 am

Voodoo Is Never Doubting Aliens Love Our Obama …
[I see what you did there… — mod.]

July 31, 2013 9:27 am

We are told climate change is the most important issue humanity needs to address, perhaps ever. The IPCC is the central authority for information regarding the Earth’s climate and the basis for political action.
Now I haven’t read that book and while I like Donna, I realize she is not enamored with Pauchauri so I need to read her article with a grain of salt. However, I have other indications the character of the man that is the head of the IPCC and just the gut feel I got reading Donna’s article is that there is no way on Earth this guy should be the head of what is supposed one of the most important UN organizations. Not even close.

July 31, 2013 9:28 am

I am still waiting for the revelation that Jim Hansen writes science fiction novels under a well known pen name in the SCI-FI circles.

July 31, 2013 9:31 am

I do NOT want to know what kind of websites Pachauri frequents (shudder).

Martin Altis
July 31, 2013 9:32 am

Pauchauri looks like one of the aliens in this episode of the outer limits. http://www.thefullwiki.org/The_Deprogrammers_(The_Outer_Limits)
The plot line isn’t too far off the mark of the IPCC’s goal.

July 31, 2013 9:33 am

Well it fits into the work done under the IPCC banner.
Fictitious hockey sticks, pretend nobel laureates, mysterious feedback, ethereal missing heat, out of this world weather etc. Subject = general fiction!

TG McCoy
July 31, 2013 9:41 am

I feel that reality in the universe is a bit closer to “Hitchiker’s Guide” :
May Shirley and Patchy have to endure Vogon Poetry:

Mark Bofill
July 31, 2013 9:44 am

I wouldn’t have gone here. So what? It’s a novel, not an IPCC AR.

July 31, 2013 9:49 am

I wonder why this belief in the supernatural of Hinduism isn’t met with the same disdain from the warmmongers as Spenser’s Christianity is.
Rhetorical question naturally

Bloke down the pub
July 31, 2013 9:58 am

And I bet he wouldn’t understand why people might laugh at him.

July 31, 2013 10:17 am

Why are you surprised that this gentleman can write less than believable fiction?

July 31, 2013 10:24 am

Pauchauri’s ideas are as hairy as his scalp. I often wonder if all those wild tousles might also have displaced any of the matter that once upon a time could ever have been inside.

Mumble McGuirk
July 31, 2013 10:33 am

JimS says:
July 31, 2013 at 9:28 am
I am still waiting for the revelation that Jim Hansen writes science fiction novels under a well known pen name in the SCI-FI circles.
Actually, he has tried his hand at fiction. Several years ago he wrote a script for a play about a character named “Big Oil” or “Big Carbon” being put on trial for crimes against humanity. The funny part was that he actually had it posted on the official Government website at http://www.giss.nasa.gov It’s gone now, of course, but it was a real howler. Poorly written and as subtle as a jackhammer.

July 31, 2013 10:45 am

Where is senator Whitehouse to question Pauchauri’s spirituality?

July 31, 2013 10:45 am

The man is a perfect example of the Peter Principle.

July 31, 2013 10:48 am

“I am still waiting for the revelation that Jim Hansen writes science fiction novels under a well known pen name in the SCI-FI circles.”
Storms of My Grandchildren or whatever it’s titled certainly counts as sci-fi.

July 31, 2013 11:05 am

@ Scarface says:
July 31, 2013 at 10:45 am
The man is a perfect example of the Peter Principle.
Thought that man was Weiner (or is it Wiener?)

Gary Pearse
July 31, 2013 11:16 am

All that climate Sci Fi sure gets the fictional creative juices flowing. He probably is going for the Nobel Prize for literature – he won’t have to share that one with the hockey team, although they may sue because of their contribution to the creative juices.

July 31, 2013 11:16 am

“Whoops, I confused Shirley MacLean with Shari Lewis:”
What else would one expect from a Ventriloquism, Climatism, UFO and Spiritism Denier?

more soylent green!
July 31, 2013 11:19 am

Everybody needs to keep their minds occupied. You don’t think Pauchauri really puts in that much time working at the office, do you?
#Occupy Pauchauri’s Brain!

July 31, 2013 11:27 am

It is great to see the IPCC chair engaged in realism backed up by hard facts for a change.

July 31, 2013 11:30 am

Sincere apologies. I misspelled MacLaine’s surname throughout the original version of this post.
Corrections made. Mea culpa.

David L. Hagen
July 31, 2013 11:43 am

Pauchauri’s infatuation with pseudoscience sinks his books this to the bottom of my reading list.
For key insights from an Indian philosopher, see Vishal Mangalwadi , especially in
The Book that Made Your World

July 31, 2013 11:49 am

Say what you will about Shirley Maclaine and the possibility that she may actually be batshit crazy but there is no denying that she was at one time, one of the most beautiful creatures to ever have set foot on this earth. Mind you, she’s no Audrey Hepburn. Don’t get me started on that winsome enchantress. I am that shallow 😉
Now, what was this about again?

July 31, 2013 12:05 pm

After reading Ms Laframboise’s five part report of the book, it becomes more obvious that he is day dreaming about himself and that he is exceptionally narcissistic, delusional and sexually
My doubts about AGW started when listening to him speak at a Nobel Conference at Gustavus College in St. Peter Minnesota in 2009. When asked about the role water vapor may play in AGW he stated in so many words that what is important in what is causing warming is soil degradation not water vapor.
WHAT!! The feedback of water vapor was exactly what I was studying at the time and so I was very interested in his answer. Someone repeated the question referring to water vapor feedback in the science of AGW and finally he stated ‘well that is important also’.
I would have accepted an answer to the effect of ‘that is not my area of expertise and a reference to someone or somewhere else’
I am amazed that he has retained his position with the IPCC.

R. de Haan
July 31, 2013 1:23 pm

He’s seen too many choo-choo’s.

M Courtney
July 31, 2013 2:00 pm

It sounds like terrible fiction.
But as it is labelled as fiction it doesn’t really matter.
Now the Summaries for Policy Makers…

July 31, 2013 2:41 pm

Pachauri brings to mind Bagwan Rashnish.

July 31, 2013 3:17 pm

None of this made any sense to me.

July 31, 2013 4:21 pm

Crystals can and do affect the mind and thought formations and the energy in your body. Period. Sure, a great amount of metaphysical claims are hyped, whether Hindu, Christian or pagan. Most metaphysical claims are utter crap; they are either fabricated, or even malevolent. The fact that there are liars and exaggerators in every field of endeavor – yes, it’s a serious problem in religion to have these miracle mongering holy roller invading. I have experienced a great amount of metaphysical phenomena, including with crystals. It’s not a big deal, but people want to know there is something more. That is no sin in itself. That doesn’t mean that most new age, kundalini or even evangelical claims are dubious in one way if not another.

July 31, 2013 4:45 pm

@ Poems of Our Climate:
Most metaphysical claims are utter crap; they are either fabricated, or even malevolent.
I would say that all metaphysical claims are utter crap, regardless of intention. If and when they are tested scientifically, those claims can shed the “meta.” The CAGW hypothesis is undergoing such a process now and its prospects are not good. In any case, I have no doubt that some will cling to the theory long after science has moved on to more pressing concerns.

July 31, 2013 5:34 pm

I asked an Indian coworker of mine to see if he could pick up a copy the next time he went home. He came back with a copy. I suppose I should finish reading it one of these years.
I’m not going to write a five part review…..

Mike M
July 31, 2013 10:32 pm

Brain activity produces EM. It propagates out into space and will eventually encounter a black hole in every direction it goes where it is trapped forever. We’re pretty sure there more dimensions than only the four we experience and I doubt anyone knows how brane or string theories work out within a black hole but perhaps there is some connection between all black holes storing up all of our information as though it was all in one place – our “after life”.
There is no heaven and hell. You create one or the other yourself while you are alive then are forced to live with the memories of yourself for eternity – the goods ones and the bad ones. Make them good ones…

John Wright
August 1, 2013 4:08 am

Ric Werme says:
July 31, 2013 at 5:34 pm
“I’m not going to write a five part review…..”
Neither am I. I can only heartily thank Donna for wading through what only comes over as unspeakable trash and for exposing the mediocre phantasms of a mediocre man who obviously identifies himself with his created character.

August 1, 2013 6:04 am

Doh! The Da Pointy code is broken …

August 1, 2013 6:23 am

Yeah Pointy, ‘Hot Stuff’!

August 1, 2013 8:08 am

Thought we skeptics were the one who believed in UFO’s!! quick some one tell Cook/Lewandowsky
we are not alone…Oh what have said now!!

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