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

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Published October 4th 2011 by Harmony (first published April 19th 2010)
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Trevor
This book is a mistake on so many levels. I struggle to believe Mlodinow was stupid enough to have done this, but the evidence is here right before my eyes, so what can I say?

Naturally enough, Chopra wins this war even before he writes a single word. Mlodinow is a respected writer of popular science – he has even written a couple of books with, in the immortal words of Homer Simpson, ‘that wheelchair guy’ Stephen Hawking . Chopra, on the other hand, is some fruitcake that believes rocks have con...more
Adam
Disclaimer: I read the first few chapters and the last couple chapters. There may have been magic in the middle that I missed, but I wasn't convinced enough of the possibility to spend the time finding out.

Perhaps if I'd paid more attention to the word "war" in the title I wouldn't have bothered picking this book up. What caught my fancy was the idea of a conversation between a modern spiritualist and a physicist, with them both attempting to find commonality in their beliefs and worldview. Had...more
David
Both authors are very articulate in this book. Deepak Chopra comes across a little more passionate, while Leonard Mlodinow comes across as more knowledgable. Chopra makes it very clear that he is not arguing for belief in God or in religion. In fact, he seems rather neutral to both God and religion. Instead, Chopra argues in favor of spirituality. He believes that the entire universe is conscious, and that is the way we need to think. He believes that scientists have their blinders on, and do no...more
Jim
This book addresses some very big questions (eighteen of them, all told) like “Is There Design in the Universe?” and “ What Makes Us Human?”. Deepak Chopra writes as the proponent of the existence of spirituality and Leonard Mlodinow advocates a worldview based purely on science. Both authors answer each question in a sort of literary debate. Chopra believes that the intricacies of the universe and human thought and behavior are part of the works of a cosmic intelligence. He doesn’t deny the ide...more
Michele Harrod
I did enjoy this book, which was a hearty debate between a spiritualist with all the belief in the (currently) unprovable power of humanity, the secrets locked within our DNA and our own ability (and responsibility) to create the world around us; and a scientist, who is also fully supported by indisputable facts about where we come from, and the likelihood that it is all random and meaning is something we simply strive for because of our overly large brains, that have probably evolved faster tha...more
Snehil
I never thought I would ever listen to a book written by Dr. Deepak Chopra. To me he has always been a spiritual leader and for me there is no room for a leader in spirituality, spirituality being a personal and a very unique journey for every one. But thanks to the limited availability of ebooks and audiobooks through the public library, I was almost forced to give this book a chance. I was pleasantly surprised by this book.
This is a debate between a scientist who only believes what can be prov...more
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War of the Worldviews: Science Vs. Spirituality by Deepak Chopra and Leonard Mlodinow

"War of the Worldviews" is an interesting debate on two worldviews: science and spirituality. On the side for science is Leonard Mlodinow a theoretical physicist and an accomplished author in his own right. While in defense of spirituality is the well-known author and internist Deepak Chopra. The debaters tackle on eighteen topics that cover a wide spectrum of the human experience. This surprisingly even-handed...more
Doc & Charly
If you read and think, this is a book for you. It's a brilliant debate that will likely change few minds, but will give them a clear understanding of the opposing view.
Mag
Leonard Mlodinov is making a case for a scientific outlook on life and universe in this book and Deepak Chopra for a spiritual. They discuss issues of cosmos, life, mind and brain and God. Chopra does not deny any of the scientific developments like evolution, Big Bang, or any scientific discovery that has been made. He just proposes that we add consciousness to the worldview equation. ‘We don’t need God, either. All we need is a universe that contains consciousness as an inseparable aspect of i...more
Joseph Young
Had a promising concept, but became stupid. It seemed to be in the format of
Spirtualist: (Set up scientific strawman) => knock it down.
Atheist: (Set up spiritual strawman) => knock it down.
Rinse and repeat.

One of the biggest troubles with this book is that they do not properly acknowledge their points of agreement, nor do they take time to define their terms, which leads to many stupid arguments. If they had taken the time to define consciousness and defined what is considered significant...more
Diane Kistner
In the classic movie, "The Princess Bride," Vizzini keeps exclaiming, with a bit of a spitting lisp, "INCONCEIVABLE!" The intrepid Inigo Montoya at last turns to him and says calmly, "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

The word in War of the Worldviews: Science Vs. Spirituality, presented in a first-named Deepak/Leonard debate, is CONSCIOUSNESS. The scientist/physicist Leonard (Mlodinow) keeps using that word, apparently thinking it means something very di...more
Julie
Spiritualist Deepak Chopra and Cal Tech physicist Leonard Mlodinow have collaborated in this book to discuss some of the hairy issues that lie in the intersection between faith and science. The book is organized as a series of questions, 'Is there design in the Universe?', 'What makes us human?', etc. and alternates between Chopra and Mlodinow in presenting their views. Since the questions have a lot of overlap, I found their arguments repetitive at times. Mlodinow often used the fact that early...more
Melissa
Deepak could read me the phone book. I love his voice and how effectively he can make a point with parables and metaphors. I also love to hear Leonard speak. Being a nerd, his facts and figures are actually entertaining as well .... such a dilemma .... It was obvious early on in the debate that the gloves were off.

I didn't read the book to confirm any beliefs, or to be sold in one direction or the other. I merely wanted to hear the argument for each side and see what they came up with. They bot...more
Derrick
I found this book a painful example of an unnecessary conflict among Science and Spirituality. My basic arguement for Spirituality begins and ends with that it works. To try to justify it with proof is much to far beyond our current understanding of physics.
Deepak tries to argue that the second law of thermodynamics has it all wrong, and that the universe has been moving toward order rather than disorder as that law states. Leonard refutes Deepak's claim, but the whole argument reads as hollow...more
Bookaholic
Cartea Războiul viziunilor asupra lumii (Editura Trei, 2012) este întâlnirea dintre două perspective diferite de înţelegere a lumii, dar în nici un caz disjuncte, deşi cel mai adesea aşa apar: ştiinţă şi spiritualitate. Leonard Mlodinow este fizician şi profesor la California Institute of Technology (şi a publicat, printre altele, o carte alături de Stephen Hawking, The Grand Design), iar Deepak Chopra (născut în New Delhi) a studiat medicina, este fondator al Chopra Center for Wellbeing, prin c...more
Laine Cunningham
I enjoyed this one for the back-and-forth between the two authors. They come from very different views and each presents their side in an easy to understand language.
I read this book as part of my research for my latest novel. You might say the novel deals with quantum biology...the intersection where science and spirituality merge and therefore have an impact in the physical world. I was hoping to find more specific insight that would transfer to the book but generally it's opinion using facts...more
Peter
Leonard is great, I have seen , read and heard too much of Chopra's woo woo to bother with his crap. Life is too short, and too many good books around. Well worth reading half of the book ;)
Csheron
I agree with others who commented that poorly defined terms rendered this debate mostly senseless.

I listened to the audio version read by the authors. Mostly I enjoyed listening to Mlodinow's side, which contained rational responses to Chopra's arguments.

I found that Chopra did not use the same terms as Mlodinow so that there was really no coherent debate on his side, while Mlodinow attempted to define terms and address Chopra's arguments.

Due to the lack of quality control re: defined terms, I f...more
Ida
Woah! It took me such a long time to finish this!
The first few chapters, I devoured the book at speed and then it dragged for me in the middle.
The book is a debate between Deepak Chopra and Leonard Mlodinow about Spirituality Vs Science.

It is amazing for me to read that "Science will never be able to explain why the universe follows laws. So while science often casts doubts on spiritual beliefs and doctrines insofar as they make representations about the physical world, science does not-cannot-c...more
John David
basically a series of essays, though it's written with this in mind, so it flows better than that makes it sound. each chapter has a topic and each author gets to write one essay for it. whomever goes second has the opportunity to respond to the points made by the first, so they kind of take turns on who has to go first. i tended to prefer it when Leonard went second because his counter-arguments seemed more coherent, relevant, and fresh. Deepak's rebuttals are only interesting and original clos...more
Maurice Young
I purchased this book in order to gain better insight on this particular subject, due to research I am conducting for a science fiction novel I am currently in the process of writing, where the main character is the first actual Artificial/Synthetic Intelligent entity who becomes curious to learn more about humanity, and how to better communicate with its fellow human companions. Due to an unexpected incident, this entity accidentally winds-up running into one of mankind's most controversial pub...more
Terri Lucas
as a highly imaginative child who excelled at both math and science in high school and college, while also partaking in the wonderful worlds of fiction, i came to spirituality decades ago from two angles that Deepak Chopra perfectly melds into one understanding of the wonder and the glory and the mystery of the Universe around and within us. to say i am a fan is an understatement. to say that i am of the same mind in regards to my belief system - likewise.

why the bio? to set the stage for my int...more
Mitch Lauer
It was interesting seeing the scientific and spiritual views on this list of topics, including rebuttals. It reminded me of a Frank Turek debate on the existence of God, but this was more abstract since Chopra is trying to cover such a broad view on spirituality. I found it a little difficult to follow some of the spiritual arguments, such as "how could something purposeful come from something purposeless." ...The high-level explanations of scientific findings and theories were engaging and kept...more
Христо Блажев
Езотерика срещу Наука, битка с предизвестен резултат: http://knigolandia.info/book-review/g...

Още на една от първите страници има списък с книгите на Дийпак Чопра и тези на Ленард Млодинов. Първите заемат почти цялата страница, с гръмки заглавия чрез умела вариация на вълшебните думички, генериращи с лекота огромни тиражи, а на учения са сбутани долу, да се не пречкат. Мисля, че на всеки човек с поне малко критично мислене ще му стане веднага ясна разликата между двамата, дори и да си представим...more
Ironocker
A discussion between a well known Spiritualist and Physicist is a great concept, but this book just misses the mark.

Instead of a more conversational format, the format feels like a political debate. Both are presented with a topic and given several pages to state their view on the topic (taking turns who leads off the debate). Much like a political debate, however, the questions are never really answered as both sides talk in circles and make an effort to discredit their "opponents" views.

Much l...more
Jade
War of the Worldviews: The Struggle Between Science and Spirituality is one of those books that tries really hard to set up a well-written dialogue between two people of differing opinions, allowing them to make arguments for their own case and arguments against the case of the other.

In showing both Deepak Chopra’s and Leonard Mlodinow’s perspectives on science and spirituality, this book definitely succeeds. It’s very interesting to read about their own personal experiences with the subjects, a...more
Ryan
I read this to get a perspective from Deepak Chopra (assuming that I would agree with the non-believing physicist Mlodinow) but possibly gain some insight from everyone's favorite metaphysical doctor mystic with the funny name. He seems like he wants people to be good, and it's always good to challenge your mind with new perspectives. I ended up agreeing with Mlodinow and getting angrier and angrier at the pat, straw man, intentionally obtuse and dense arguments Chopra used on most questions. No...more
Kelly Knapp
Apr 03, 2012 Kelly Knapp rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in spirituality
Recommended to Kelly by: goodreads firstreads giveaway
Most books center on one worldview at the expense of or exclusion of any other worldview. These leave the reader constantly choosing to face only their own worldview (they don’t like their viewpoint disrespected). However, these two venerable men have a deep respect for one another and the reader can easily read both viewpoints without any feelings of disrespect. Whether you are on the side of science or spirituality as your worldview, you will enjoy reading the other’s point of view. This book...more
Jason Voegele
This book takes the "fair and balanced" approach to presenting the two diametrically opposed worldviews of science and spirituality. Overall, it does a pretty good job of presenting the differences between the scientific/materialistic and spiritual/religious worldviews, though I doubt that anyone will ever be brought over to the other side based on the arguments presented in this book. Chopra's arguments range from Irrelevant Conclusion (ignoratio elenchi) fallacies, through poetic non-sequitur,...more
Elly Sands
I am sure thankful to have won this book on Goodreads Giveaway! I devoured it! Two leading men in their fields, Chopra in spirituality and Mlodinow in science, give their answers to major questions concerning life,and it's emergence. The questions are well thought out. Ex: Is the universe evolving? Did Darwin go wrong? Is there a fundamental reality? The answers from both men are articulate, thought provoking and succinct. Their responses are not drawn out to the point of becoming boring or over...more
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Deepak Chopra, MD serves as the Founder and Chairman of The Chopra Foundation, and Co-Founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing.

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