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Deepak Chopra
DEEPAK CHOPRA is the author of Super Brain​ and eighty books translated into over forty-three languages, including other numerous New York Times bestsellers in both the fiction and nonfiction categories.

He is founder of The Chopra Foundation.

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."

Entries by Deepak Chopra

God Is the New Physics

(3) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 9:18 AM

When spirituality and physics started to be linked, many scientists called it the use of metaphor. It couldn't literally be true that there was a Tao of Physics that linked quantum mechanics to ancient Chinese philosophy. At best there might be a weak link -- God and the new physics...

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Will God 2.0 Be Indispensable in Ten Years?

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 1:58 PM

The primary difficult with God isn't belief--more than 80% of US responders tell pollsters that they believe God exists. The problem is that God is irrelevant, providing few if any practical benefits in daily life. In an age of faith the circumstances were in God's favor. When people...

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Why Physics Needs God But God Doesn't Need Physics

(58) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 10:20 AM

Recently I created a brief storm on Twitter by throwing out questions that physicists can't answer. Twitter allows you to contact famous physicists directly, and it's predictable that a handful will become irritated and even riled up if you dare to challenge them. "What happens in physics stays in physics"...

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Why God Makes More Sense than Atheism

(309) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 10:39 AM

After two centuries of the tug-of-war between science and religion, it's clear science occupies the dominant position. It has passed the "So what?" test, meaning that science as applied to practical daily life has been immensely more important to modern people than God. This has given atheism, both casual and...

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How Richard Dawkins Lost His Battle with God

(9) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 11:50 AM

When he wrote his 2006 best-seller, The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins expected to accomplish two aims that have proved to be remarkable failures. The first aim was social. He wanted to attract a horde of doubters, fence-sitters, and agnostics to gather their courage and join the atheist ranks. This never...

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How to Make God Love You

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2014 | 6:06 PM

Although the modern controversy over God centers on the famous headline from Time magazine, "Is God Dead?" this isn't really the key question. By definition, God can't be dead, because "dead" implies that God was alive, and once alive, an immortal being can't die. Yet defining God as immortal or...

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Why God Doesn't Care What You Do

(13) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 12:32 PM

In every religion that believes in a personal God, there's a connection between the divine and the human. A personal God created life, and he (or she) cherishes his creation. No love is more intense than divine love. No anger is more intense than divine wrath. As relationships go, the...

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'I Am the Master of My Fate' -- A New Take on Free Will

(3) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 6:41 PM

Back when schoolchildren regularly read uplifting poetry, there was a famous Victorian poem that affirmed the human birthright of free will. It was "Invictus," by W. E. Henley and began:

Out of the night that covers me,

Black as the pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may...

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Memo to Neuroscience: "We Are Not Brain Puppets"

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 3:29 PM

The notion that human beings walk, talk, think, and do things because our brains control us is a fringe idea, easily refuted with a few moment's thought and rarely taken seriously. But it got a boost from an Op-ed piece in the New York Times last week under the title, "Are We...

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A Science of Miracles -- No Longer Optional? (Part 2)

(1) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 2:17 PM

For most people, miracles are something left behind in childhood. They require innocent belief, not adult rationality. The camp of vocal skeptics and atheists provide a crossroads, in fact, where one way leads to irrationality, the other to rationality, as if this definitively defines where the truth lies. If you...

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A Science of Miracles--No Longer Optional?

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 11:38 AM

In its ambition to explain every aspect of the natural world, modern science has sidestepped very few problems. Some mysteries are so difficult that they defy the scientific method. It's hard to conceive of experiments that will tell us what happened before time and space emerged, for example. But two...

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Can Sam Harris Wake Us Up? (Part 2)

(2) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 12:35 PM

Most of us recognized ourselves in the mirror this morning.  The person looking back at us has a familiar name, a family, a job.  He (or she) carries around a long menu of likes and dislikes, along with a personal history from the moment we emerged from the womb. It...

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Can Sam Harris Wake Us Up?

(12) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 3:15 PM

It caused a stir when Sam Harris, in a new book titled Waking Up, changed his message from militant atheism to peaceful Buddhism. A positive message is better than a negative one, and since Buddhism is often labeled as "a religion without God," Harris's move isn't as radical as...

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Multi-institutional Collaborative Clinical Trial to Examine Health Benefits of Integrative Lifestyle Practices at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 4:59 PM

Self-Directed Biological Transformation Initiative (SBTI) study will use latest mobile health sensors and genomic/cellular/metabolomics biomarkers

Scientists and clinicians from seven research institutions have joined together for a first of a kind clinical trial on a whole systems approach to wellbeing. Such an in-depth clinically focused study is...

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Getting Real About Brain Science: A Challenge to the Current Model (Part 2)

(4) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 7:49 PM

By Deepak Chopra, M.D.; Bernardo Kastrup, Ph.D.; Menas C. Kafatos, Ph.D.; and Rudolph Tanzi, Ph.D.

Brain research could someday hit a dead end if we do not address the basic question of what the brain truly is. Assuming that we know what the brain is won't work -- not forever....

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Getting Real About Brain Science: A Challenge to the Current Model

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2014 | 6:44 PM

By Deepak Chopra, MD and Bernardo Kastrup, PhD


It's time to make up our minds about the brain.  Every day, it seems, neuroscience announces new findings that uncover more and more of the brain's secrets. The day cannot be far off, we are told, when the deepest mystery of...

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A Better Way to Approach Pain, and America's Pain-Pill Epidemic

(3) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 3:16 PM

By Deepak Chopra, M.D., FACP, and P. Murali Doraiswamy, MBBS, FRCP, Professor of Psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina

You may have noticed headlines about the rise of prescription drugs as a major cause of addiction and death by overdose. Pain pills are overshadowed by illegal drugs like...

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Naïve Realism, or the Strange Case of Physics and Fake Philosophers (Part 2)

(14) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 1:04 PM

Co-written by Menas Kafatos, Ph.D.

Scientists have assigned the role of Mister Answer to science, the source of knowledge on every subject. This is peculiar because science does not accept a complete body of knowledge at any one time as final, therefore no answer can be final. This is how...

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Naïve Realism, or the Strange Case of Physics and Fake Philosophers

(5) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 10:53 AM

In a most unexpected way, physics has started to criticize its own sense of reality. Noted figures are speaking out against other noted figures, and heads are being knocked. A prime example: In the blog section of Scientific American, the highly respected South African physicist and cosmologist George...

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Is a Mind-Element Needed to Interpret Quantum Mechanics? Do Physically Undetermined Choices Enter Into the Evolution of the Physical Universe? Part 3

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 12:17 PM

 By Deepak Chopra, MD and Henry Stapp, PhD

Our previous two posts on the role of mind in nature have argued that rational analysis of the empirical evidence entails that the world is not only influenced by ideas, but consists of them. Of course, the everyday...

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