We host Deepak Chopra and Leonard Mlodinow at Live Talks Los Angeles on Oct 11 at All Saints Church in Pasadena. Click here for event details and tickets.  From a column in the October 3 San Francisco Chronicle.  Here are some excerpts:

“Cosmos” used to mean God, or the gods, sitting in Heaven looking down on Earth; now it means billions of galaxies expanding into a unknown void. As explanations go, there seems to be no contest. Because science dominates our lives and religion is a waning force, most people see a future that will have much more technology and a lot less God. The scientific worldview is triumphant, no doubt. The campaign of some noisy atheists like Richard Dawkins, who know a great deal about science but much less about spirituality, has reinforced the illusion that a single worldview is our only choice.

It’s not. In fact, if science was the only choice that faced us in the 21st century, the outcome would be terrifyingly bleak. On all the great questions that face us, including the survival of a healthy planet, the future depends on another worldview, spirituality, to expand upon science and give us alternatives that are often better.

He adds that there is a coming struggle for the future, and how that struggle turns out will depend on answering some tough issues:

  • Do we live in a universe with purpose and meaning or a universe that is random and without meaning?
  • What lies beyond the horizon of the stars and galaxies we can see and measure?
  • If the cosmos emerged from a void before time and space emerged, is that invisible source also our own?
  • Could the cosmos be a living entity?
  • Are we conscious beings because the entire universe is conscious?

Here’s a gem of a video from a televised conference at Cal Tech on “The Future of God” from a couple years ago.  Deepak Chopra was on stage and Leonard Mlodinow was asking a question — an event that was televised on ABC’s Nightline.   Mlodinow is a prominent physicist and author of The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives and The Grand Design, co-authored with Stephen Hawking.  That encounter led to a friendship, and we’re guessing lots of agreeable disagreeing and the book, War of the World Views: Science vs. Spirituality, co-authored by them.  We host them together  on October 11 in conversation with Patt Morrison of the Los Angeles Times and KPCC.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
7:30pm (Reception 6-7:00pm)

Deepak Chopra and Leonard Mlodinow
in conversation with Patt Morrison
Science vs. Spirituality 

SORRY, EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

All Saints Church
132 North Euclid Avenue,
Pasadena, CA

How did the universe emerge?  What is the nature of time? What is life? What makes us human?  What is the connection between mind and brain? Bestselling authors Deepak Chopra and Leonard Mlodinow first met in a televised Caltech debate on “the future of God,” one an articulate advocate for spirituality, the other a prominent physicist.  War of the Worldviews: Science versus Spirituality is the product of that serendipitous encounter and the contentious—but respectful—clash that grew out of the friendship between these two great thinkers.  See them live as they probe the fundamental questions that define the human experience.

Deepak Chopra, a best-selling author, and the founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing speaks and writes extensively on the field of mind-body healing and human empowerment.  Heralded by Time Magazine as the “poet-prophet of alternative medicine,” he is also the host of the popular weekly Wellness Radio program on Sirius/XM Stars. He is the prolific author of more than fifty-five books, including fourteen bestsellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. His New York Times bestseller Peace Is the Way won a prestigious Quill Award, and The Book of Secrets was awarded the grand prize at the 2005 Nautilus Book Awards; his bestselling novel, Jesus: A Story of Enlightenment, was released in 2008. He is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and Washington Post On Faith and contributes regularly to Intent.com and the Huffington Post.

Dr. Chopra is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, an adjunct professor at Kellogg School of Management, and a senior scientist with the Gallup Organization. Visit his website.

A physicist and author of seven books that have appeared in 25 languages, Leonard Mlodinow’s The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Liveswas a New York Times bestseller, editor’s choice, and notable book of the year, and was short-listed for the Royal Society book award. His most recent book,The Grand Design, co-authored with Stephen Hawking, reached number one on the New York Times list. Mlodinow has also written two children’s books, and for various network television series, including MacGyverStar Trek, Next Generation, and Night Court.

Mlodinow received his PhD in theoretical physics from the University of California at Berkeley, was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute fuer Physik und Astrophysik in Munich, and a member of the physics faculty at the California Institute of Technology. Visit his website.

Patt Morrison is a longtime reporter and columnist for the Los Angeles Times, where she has won numerous awards, including a share of two Pulitzer Prizes. In addition to the Times, Morrison is host of the Patt Morrison Show on KPCC.  She is a regular commentator on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and has published a best-selling book on the Los Angeles River. She is frequently interviewed about Southern California on the BBC and other television and radio programs, and was a founding host of Life & Times on KCET-TV, for which she won six Emmys and six Golden Mike awards.

Purchase Tickets:
$20 Live Talks Los Angeles with Chopra and Mlodinow, 7:30pm (doors open at 7:00pm)
$40 also includes their book
$95 includes pre-event reception (6:30-7:30pm), and the book
$31 Purchase book (includes tax and shipping to anywhere in the US)

Proceeds from this event support the good work of First Book, a national organization that distributes new books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families. Through a partnership with First Book,  we are supporting libraries, schools and literacy organizations in underserved communities in Los Angeles. A minimum of $3 from every ticket purchase will be donated to First Book.