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War of the Worldviews: The Struggle Between Science and Spirituality

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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 thin
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Crown Publishing Group (first published April 19th 2010)
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Trevor
Feb 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: science, religion
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
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David
Oct 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, religion
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
Adam Shand
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
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Snehil
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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Michele Harrod
Oct 02, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jim
Nov 04, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Doc & Charly
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Book
Oct 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science
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
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Rod Van Meter
Sep 27, 2014 rated it liked it
This book gave me religion, but not of the kind Chopra intended.

"He who refuses to do arithmetic is doomed to talk nonsense," John McCarthy said in 1995, though the sentiment is certainly older. Charles Babbage's formulation of a related sentiment on the need for experiment is a little long to quote here, but equally addresses the fundaments of how we assess ground truth. I was always in spirit a Missourian, but this book drove me over the edge.

This book is essay-and-response, thrust-and-parry
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Diane Kistner
Oct 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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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
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Mag
Dec 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Melissa
Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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Peter
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ;)
Luis Lapham
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Esta obra nace de un debate televisivo para discutir sobre el futuro de Dios, en el Instituto Tecnológico de California. En el debate Deepak Chopra defendió la espiritualidad y se dijo investigador de la misma, y Leonard Mlodinow ofreció al primero enseñarle un poco de física cuántica, y así nació una buena amistad, pero lo duro del choque de visiones del mundo motivó la idea del libro.
Leonard Mlodinow es un científico, doctor en física por la Universidad de California en Berkeley y escritor par
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Erisa Isak
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion
I never thought I’d read another book by Deepak Chopra again; but I do love a good debate, so I put my opinions aside, and decided to read this one with an open mind. The book is structured much like a formal debate; Leonard and Deepak give their prospective on different aspects of the conflict, and the reader is to be the judge of the quality of the evidence and validity of the arguments. Each argument is presented in an essay by one then the other author (alternating sequences), and they are e ...more
Julie
Oct 27, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Derrick
Feb 10, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kelly Knapp
Oct 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Andrew Lynch
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: faith, science
This is a debate between a scientist (Leonard) and a spiritualist (Deepak).
Deepak discusses a spiritual situation and Leonard works through the science of the situation.
The topics range from the existence of God, what makes us human, the design of the universe and more.

Deepak's understanding of science and physics was quite surprising. Leonard, theoretical physicist, opted to avoid much discussion of spirituality and instead focused strictly on science. He admits that there are unanswered que
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Petr
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, audio, science, religion
First my neutral objective view:
This is not a typical kind of book. I am glad that such a book exists. Usually one reads about something without direct counter-arguments. This way, although also not ideal, one can see two world views explaining same topics and even addressing each other's arguments.
As both authors are also the narrators, this audiobook is much more valuable. Neither of the narrators is probably the best you can listen to, but this way it is much more believable and enjoyable di
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Chris Craddock
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: beale, deepak
I think that the mystics have won the argument and most of the scientists, with quantum physics, have now become mystics. I was waiting for Mlodinow to come around, but he stubbornly stuck to his tired old argument. I guess you could call me an irrationalist. An irresponsible irrationalist. Newton studied alchemy, and he was kind of the last Wizard. After that, Rationalism ruled. But then physics got weird. The deeper they get, the weirder it gets. The general public still thinks Rationalism won ...more
Catalin
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am a godless skeptic and a lover of science and I'm often very amused by Chopra's woo-woo wonderfully exposed by Dawkins or Shermer in live debates. However, reading this book, I think I finally made some sense out of what he's saying. Leonard is so elegant, convincing and eloquent in his argument, so that there's nothing left to contemplate about. Deepak, on the other hand, makes some interesting points which obviously can't be approached through reason alone and has some other ideas at the f ...more
Claudia
Nov 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
“Consciousness is science’s last frontier”

This statement pretty much resumes this debate, which is not exactly a debate but a collection of essays on some questions, from both perspectives: science and spirituality.

Although I ‘d like to believe that nature is alive and that I have a very hard time imagining how our universe was born from nothing, I can’t say I am convinced by either of the two opinions.

Chopra states that the universe is conscious; Mlodinov denies it. But neither of them brings i
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Beckmanncandice
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Better as an audio book than I imagine reading it would have been.
While I appreciate a good debate, Deepak and Leonard took such extremely opposing views that it seemed more theatrical than philosophical at times. I often found myself thinking, "okay, that's an extreme example or way to look at it."

If you're interested in this topic, it doesn't hurt to check it out. You can gain some new insights and ways of looking at the world.
Jade
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science, spirituality
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
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Ho Manh
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is frustrating to see the way Deepak jumps to conclusion about the nature of the universe without having any logical and empirical proofs: that there is really an immaterial realm of the universe, and that the universe is alive and thinking and loving, created by consciousness. Many of the things he said to be evidences for consciousness as the guiding force of life, that exist outside the physical realm are in fact just picked and chosen and twisted so that to fit in his worldview. There are ...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
Ryan
May 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: philosophy, science
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
Ida
Jan 15, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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