In War of the Worldviews: Science vs. Spirituality, the two bestselling authors debate the most fundamental questions of human existence.
How did the universe begin? Where did life come from? Is there design in nature?
Without defending organized religion, Chopra asserts that there is design in the universe and a deep intelligence behind the rise of life. Mlodinow, CalTech physicist and the writing collaborator of Stephen Hawking, argues for the viewpoint of science, specifically of modern quantum physics.
War of the Worldviews opens the public's eyes to the fascinating frontier where knowledge and mystery converge and every assumption about life, God, and the universe are open to debate. Program moderated by Timothy Shriver, Chairman and CEO of the Special Olympics.
Deepak Chopra is the author of more than fifty books translated into more than thirty-five languages. Dr. Chopra is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, adjunct professor at the Kellogg School of Management, and a senior scientist with the Gallup Organization. He is founder and president of the Alliance for a New Humanity.
Time magazine heralds Deepak Chopra as one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century and credits him as "the poet–prophet of alternative medicine."
Physicist and author Leonard Mlodinow explores the extraordinary extent to which randomness, chance and probability influence and shape our work and everyday lives. Mlodinow was a writer for the television series MacGyver and Star Trek: The Next Generation and co-author with Stephen Hawking of the recent best-seller The Grand Design.
Author and spiritual leader Deepak Chopra discusses the role of science in his system of beliefs. While scientific advances in areas like medicine are important, he explains, "God is much more awesome ... thanks to science."
Physicist Leonard Mlodinow distinguishes between what he sees as the roles of science and religion in understanding the world. While some find spirituality useful for explaining some of the things science can't, he explains, problems arise when spiritual answers are given to material questions.
Sorry, but what a vain and cheap trickster Deepak Chopra is. At every one of his bold statements that began with "science cannot...", I found myself saying "yet". His entire argument seems to rest on the assumption that consciousness, including how it appears or is represented in the brain, is forever out of the reach of science.
How does this differ from the Christians' worship of gaps? Chopra worships them too; maintaining that god, or at least human spirituality, is just beyond the reach of all human inquiry.
There's every reason to think that given enough time, Chopra's views will become as redundant to people in the (hopefully not too distant) future, as those of Thomas Aquinas or Martin Luther are to us, today.