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

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ISBN-13: 9780307886897

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Description: 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. InWar of the Worldviewsthese 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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List price: $19.00
Publisher: Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date: 10/2/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.572

Deepak Chopra was born in New Delhi, India in 1946. He was educated as a medical doctor, specializing in endocrinology, at All India Institute of Medical Sciences. He served as Chief of Staff at Boston Regional Medical Center, and has taught at Tufts and Boston University Medical Schools. He recognized limitations in the ways that his medical education approached treatment of individuals. Introduced to the ancient methods of Hindu healing, known as Ayurveda, by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, he saw a way to add a spiritual dimension to treatment of illness. Chopra's thinking led him to develop a theory that he called Quantum Healing, which combines Western and Hindu medical practice. In 1984, Chopra brought Ayurvedic medicine to the United States, and within a year he established the Ayurvedic Health Centre of Stress Management and Behavioral Medicine in Lancaster, Massachusetts. He is also the founding President of the American Association of Ayurvedic Medicine and eventually founded the Chopra Center for Wellbeing. He has written more than 55 books including Ageless Body, Timeless Mind: The Quantum Alternative to Growing Old; Creating Health: How to Wake Up the Body's Intelligence; Creating Affluence: The A-to-Z Steps to a Richer Life; The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams; The Shadow Effect and Muhammad: A Story of the Last Prophet; Spiritual Solutions: Answers to Life's Greatest Challenges; and Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being. He has won numerous awards including a Quill Award for Peace Is the Way and the grand prize at the 2005 Nautilus Book Awards for The Book of Secrets. He also writes novels including The Return of Merlin; Soulmate; and Jesus: A Story of Enlightenment.

Leonard Mlodinow was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1954. He received bachelor's degrees in math and physics and a master's degree in physics from Brandeis University and a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a Bantrell Research Fellow in Theoretical Physics at the California Institute of Technology, and then became an Alexander von Humboldt fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Physics and Astrophysics in Munich, Germany. In the 1980s, he wrote for numerous television shows including MacGyver, Star Trek: the Next Generation, and Night Court. In 1993, he decided to switch to computer gaming and became producer, executive producer and designer of several award-winning games. From 1997 to 2003, he was the vice president for software development and then vice president and publisher for math education at Scholastic Inc. In 2005, he began teaching at the California Institute of Technology. He is now a full-time writer. His books include Euclid's Window, Feynman's Rainbow, A Briefer History of Time with Stephen Hawking, The Drunkard's Walk, The Grand Design with Stephen Hawking, and War of the Worldviews with Deepak Chopra. He has also written two children's books with Matt Costello: The Last Dinosaur and Titanic Cat.

Foreword
The War
Perspectives
The Spiritual Perspective: Deepak
The Scientific Perspective: Leonard
Cosmos
How Did the Universe Emerge?
Leonard
Deepak
Is the Universe Conscious?
Deepak
Leonard
Is the Universe Evolving?
Deepak
Leonard
What Is the Nature of Time?
Leonard
Deepak
Is the Universe Alive?
Deepak
Leonard
Life
What Is Life?
Leonard
Deepak
Is There Design in the Universe?
Leonard
Deepak
What Makes Us Human?
Deepak
Leonard
How Do Genes Work?
Leonard
Deepak
Did Darwin Go Wrong?
Deepak
Leonard
Mind and Brain
What Is the Connection Between Mind and Brain?
Leonard
Deepak
Does the Brain Dictate Behavior?
Deepak
Leonard
Is the Brain Like a Computer?
Leonard
Deepak
Is the Universe Thinking Through Us?
Deepak
Leonard
God
Is God an Illusion?
Deepak
Leonard
What Is the Future of Belief?
Deepak
Leonard
Is There a Fundamental Reality?
Leonard
Deepak
Epilogue
Leonard
Deepak
Postscript to the Paperback Edition
Acknowledgments
Index
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