War of the Worldviews

(co-authored with Deepak Chopra)

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New York Times Bestseller

Nothing is more mysterious than another person’s worldview. Each of us has one. We each believe that our worldview captures reality, and many conflicts in life can be traced to instances in which two worldviews clash. This book is about a clash of worldviews, but no blows were exchanged. Author Leonard Mlodinow - War of the WorldviewsThe book came about when two bestselling authors first met, in a televised Caltech debate on “the future of God.” One was articulate advocate for spirituality, the other a prominent physicist. War of the Worldviews is the product of that serendipitous encounter and the contentious—but respectful—battle of worldviews that grew along with their friendship.

In War of the Worldviews these two great thinkers debate the cosmos, evolution and life, the human brain, and God, probing fundamental questions that define the human experience: How did the universe emerge?
Is the universe conscious? Is the universe evolving? What is the nature of time?
Is the universe alive? What is life?
Is there design in the universe? Did Darwin go wrong?
How do genes work? What makes us human?
What is the connection between mind and brain?
Does the brain dictate behavior? Is the brain like a computer? Is the universe thinking through us? Is God an illusion? What is the future of belief? Is there a fundamental reality?

Scientists are concerned with observations of the physical universe and the mathematical theories that explain them. They have set humanity on a path to unravel the secrets of nature. Spirituality seeks enlightenment through a focus on subjective experience, looking toward an invisible, transcendent realm within the self. In this book, those approaches meet, often throwing off sparks—but always illuminating and entertaining—as Chopra and Mlodinow capture the essence of that debate. It is an extraordinary book that 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?