03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

The Great Debate

Dear Friends,

On March 14th, Michael Shermer and I will be debating the topic, "Does the Mind Exist Apart from the Brain?" The event will take place at 2:00 pm in Beckman Auditorium on the Caltech campus.

I will be discussing quantum consciousness and the mind-body connection, making the case that any debate already presupposes the primacy of consciousness of the debater. I will be incorporating the latest scientific evidence that consciousness is not dependent upon the brain.

Michael Shermer will represent the position that quantum physics does not apply to consciousness and that there is no such thing as a mind apart from the brain.

It's sure to be great fun.

Sunday, March 14, 2:00pm Beckman Auditorium, Caltech
The Great Debate!

Dr. Deepak Chopra v. Dr. Michael Shermer
Does the Mind Exist Apart from the Brain?
Quantum Consciousness & the Mind-Body Connection

It is one of the greatest questions in the history of western thought and eastern mysticism: Does the mind exist apart from the brain? Yes, says Dr. Deepak Chopra. No, says Dr. Michael Shermer. Dr. Chopra will draw on cutting-edge research in consciousness and the mind-body connection to argue that there is sound scientific evidence for the existence of mind outside the brain. Indeed, unless consciousness is taken to be the basis of material reality, the future will be denied its greatest scientific breakthroughs. Dr. Shermer will employ his well-honed skepticism of both eastern mysticism and western pseudoscience to argue that quantum physics does not apply to neuroscience and that without the brain there is no mind.

New York Times bestselling author Deepak Chopra is an MD and board-certified Internist and endocrinologist. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Chopra is the Founder and Chairman at the Chopra Center for Well Being. Hailed by Time magazine as one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century, and credited as "the poet-prophet of alternative medicine," Deepak Chopra is the author of more than 55 books that have been translated into 35 languages worldwide.

Dr. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, an adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University, and the author of The Mind of the Market, Why Darwin Matters, The Science of Good and Evil and Why People Believe Weird Things. Dr. Shermer received his B.A. in psychology from Pepperdine University, M.A. in experimental psychology from California State University, Fullerton, and his Ph.D. in the history of science from Claremont Graduate University. He has appeared on such shows as The Colbert Report, 20/20, Dateline, Charlie Rose, and Larry King Live.

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NOTE: For this event: Tickets may be purchased IN ADVANCE through the Caltech ticket office: 626/395-4652, or toll free: 888-222-5832 or at the door. $12.00 for Skeptics Society members and Friends of Chopra Center; $18.00 for the General Public.

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