This video from UCTV features New Age guru Deepak Chopra and physicist Leonard Mlodinow in one of their traveling debates known as War of the Worldviews. These debates are in support of their book, War of the Worldviews: Science vs. Spirituality, in which the two bestselling authors debate the most fundamental questions of human existence. I posted an earlier iteration of this series a while back.
While this is entertaining and all, it's also very frustrating. Both sides present their views and no one seeks the synthesis that is necessary, nor do they seek the understanding that objectivity (physics) and subjectivity (spirituality) are not necessarily in opposition, but that we make them so.
2012 Atlantic Meets the Pacific conference
Atlantic Editor James Bennet interviews Dr. Deepak Chopra and physicist Leonard Mlodinow on their upcoming book about spirituality and science as part of The Atlantic Meets The Pacific, hosted by The Atlantic and UC San Diego. Series: "The Atlantic Meets The Pacific" [11/2011]
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. His most recent book is Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior.