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War of the Worldviews: Where Science and Spirituality Meet - And Do Not

War of the Worldviews: Where Science and Spirituality Meet - And Do Not

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By (author) Dr Deepak Chopra, By (author) Leonard Mlodinow

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 319 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 201mm x 20mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 2 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0307886891
  • ISBN 13: 9780307886897
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 204,864

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Two bestselling authors first met in a televised Caltech debate on "the future of God," one an articulate advocate for spirituality, the other a prominent physicist. This remarkable book is the product of that serendipitous encounter and the contentious--but respectful--clash of worldviews that grew along with their friendship. In "War of the Worldviews" these two great thinkers battle over the cosmos, evolution and life, the human brain, and God, probing the fundamental questions that define the human experience. How did the universe emerge? What is the nature of time? What is life? Did Darwin go wrong? What makes us human? What is the connection between mind and brain? Is God an illusion? This extraordinary book will fascinate millions of readers of science and spirituality alike, as well as anyone who has ever asked themselves, What does it mean that I am alive? "From the Hardcover edition."

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Deepak Chopra is the author of more than sixty books translated into over eight-five languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers in both the fiction and nonfiction categories, and a leading figure in the field of emerging spirituality. www.DeepakChopra.com   Leonard Mlodinow received his doctorate in theoretical physics from the University of California at Berkeley.  He teaches at Caltech and is the New York Times bestselling author of The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives and the #1 New York Times bestseller The Grand Design, which he co-authored with Stephen Hawking.  His other books include Euclid’s Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace and Feynman’s Rainbow: A Search for Beauty in Physics and in Life.  He also wrote for Star Trek: The Next Generation. www.its.caltech.edu/~len From the Hardcover edition.

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"We need a worldview grounded in science that does not deny the richness of human nature and the validity of modes of knowing other than the scientific. If we can bring our spirituality, the richness and wholesomeness of our basic human values, to bear upon the course of science in human society, then the different approaches of science and spirituality will contribute together to the betterment of humanity. This book points the way to such a collaborative endeavor."--His Holiness the Dalai Lama "Deepak Chopra did an excellent job explaining why the all-embracing holistic quantum field suggests a dynamic, alive cosmos. This is an interesting and provocative book which will be read and talked about for a long time to come." --Hans Peter Duerr, Director Emeritus, Max-Planck-Institute for Physics and Astrophysics "Bravo! This delightful book is bound to be the Gold Standard by which all other books on science/spirituality will be measured. Bold, refreshing, lucid, and insightful, this thoughtful collection of essays seeks to unveil the mysterious of our very existence. Is there a purpose to the universe? What is our true role in the cosmos? This book dares to ask some of the deepest, most profound questions about our very existence, and comes up with some surprising, even shocking answers."--Michio Kaku Prof. of Theoretical Physics, City Univ. of NY. Author of the "New York Times" best sellers "Physics of the Future," and "Physics of the Impossible." "Science is rapidly gaining the capability to explore the nature of consciousness, and the origins of all things--a domain sacred to Eastern spirituality. The inevitable result, as science encroaches on spirituality's turf, is this compelling clash between scientist Leonard Mlodinow and spiritual advocate and physician Deepak Chopra." --"Kip S. Thorne," The Feynman Professor of Physics, Emeritus, Caltech, and author of "Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy" "Two