Submit your question for science vs. spirituality debate

October 4, 2011

The tension between science and spirituality often spurs some of the most impassioned and fiery arguments. Now, here’s your chance to weigh in on the subject with two prominent scholars in this area.

Spiritual leader Deepak Chopra and physicist Leonard Mlodinow will face off in a debate Thursday at Sixth & I Synagogue , and you can submit a question for the Q&A portion of the event by leaving it in the comments section of this story.

The two are scheduled to tackle the big questions of human nature, the origins of the universe, the nature of consciousness and the nature of time. Their new book “War of the Worldviews,” released Tuesday, will frame the debate.

Chopra is a world-renowned speaker, author and religious leader in spirituality and the mind-body connection. In the book, he argues from a spiritual perspective that the universe contains “a deeper truth of unified reality” accessible through the divine consciousness. 

 Mlodinow is a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology and co-author with Stephen Hawking of “The Great Design.” In the book “War of the Worldivews” he defends the scientific understanding of the universe through the laws of quantum physics. 

 The two have been friends ever since they first engaged in a question-and-answer session of a televised lecture by Chopra at Cal Tech. Mlodinow came to the microphone and challenged Chopra’s understanding of physics, offering to give him lessons. Chopra accepted the offer, beginning their friendship and resulting in their book. 

Which perspective offers the better explanation of the universe: the scientific or the spiritual? Submit your questions by noon this Thursday. Some questions will be answered at the event.

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