First, sorry about not mentioning that the thread was in relation to the Cosmic Boondocks podcast. When I posted the thread the podcast wasn't up yet. Also, I apologize for not interacting in the thread. This week I will engage more here.
Arvind's answers were on point and I have addressed his answers in the show. In addition, I think I see one more fallacy. I may be mistaken about this, but here goes.
There are actually three arguments that Chopra makes in that one mind-raping sentence. They are:
1. Lack of fear of death causes subjective "healing"
2. Spiritual experience causes lack of fear of death
3. Conclusion- Spiritual experience causes subjective "healing".
I've taken into consideration Arvind's Equivocation fallacy (which I hadn't caught, btw) and for the sake of this discussion let us accept the second subjective definition of healing (not as curing, but as getting over the idea of being sick). I propose that the sentence is a tautology- that is, its circular reasoning.
A - Spiritual experience
B- Lack of fear of death
C- Subjective "healing"
Chopra is asserting that A --> C
He takes A --> B and B --> C as premises. But these premises (especially if taken one by one, assuming the other to be true) are synonymous with the conclusion by logical extrapolation.
A tautology is when part of all of something that needs to be established is assumed as a true premise in the argument. In this case, Chopra attempts to argue that spiritual experience can "heal" in the subjective sense.
Chopra must first establish the necessary condition that lack of the fear of death can "heal", and the necessary condition that spiritual experiences can cause a lack of fear of death, before using these conditions as premises to establish that spiritual experiences can heal.
I've briefly presented my analysis in this week's show, alongside Arvind's answers.
Arvind mentioned Fallacy of Necessity. In the case here, this fallacy is the general case, and the special case is called the Fallacy of the single cause
Also, here's a surprising study that points to the A--> B premise possibly being wrong:
(Apparently religious and spiritual people find it harder to let go of life, and don't make proper end-of-life plans, probably because they're too busy fooling themselves till the last minute when all the conditioning goes out the window and raw panic and instinctive fear of death sets in)