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The Nature of Reality: Perspectives from Science and the Non-Dual Traditions

Deepak Chopra and Menas Kafatos

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Science has achieved great heights of understanding the nature of the universe. General Relativity has succeeded in describing the large scale of the universe while Quantum Mechanics holds an extraordinarily accurate theory of the microcosm. But just because we can understand and explain the parts of the Universe does not mean we understand the whole. Science still cannot explain how everything fits together from the tiniest particles to the vast cosmos.

The view from ancient non-dual schools like Advaita Vedanta and Triadic Saivism is that the underlying Reality, the very fabric of existence, is Consciousness. In this program join leading thought experts as they use perspectives from General Relativity and Quantum Mechanics to examine the ancient Vedic truths, the scriptures of the non-dual paths, and weave an integrated vision of understanding and knowledge that is tied to the very Being of who we are, the Self of all. This dialogue between ancient systems and modern science, while not negating either, allows for an integrated, underlying Reality that holds everything together.

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Deepak Chopra

DEEPAK CHOPRA™ MD, FACP, founder of The Chopra Foundation, a non-profit entity for research on well-being and humanitarianism, and Chopra Global, a modern-day health company at the intersection of science and spirituality, is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation. Chopra is an Adjunct Professor of Urology at Mount Sinai, Professor of Internal Medicine at University of Central Florida, Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego and serves as a senior scientist with Gallup Organization.

He is the author of over 90 books translated into over forty-three languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. For the last thirty years, Chopra has been at the forefront of the meditation revolution and his 91st book, Total Meditation (Harmony Books) helps to achieve new dimensions of stress-free living and joyful living. Chopra has also released several podcasts including Now for Tomorrow (Religion of Sports), Infinite Potential (Cadence13) and Daily Breath (Cadence13), a Webby Award winner. This fall, he will launch the new podcast, Deepak Chopra’s Mind Body Zone: Living Outside the Box on Audible, which will feature thought-provoking conversations with Chopra and influential leaders from around the world. TIME magazine has described Dr. Chopra as “one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century.”

Menas Kafatos

Menas Kafatos, PhD, is a quantum physicist, cosmologist, and climate-change researcher who works extensively on consciousness. He has 44 years of experience in undergraduate and graduate teaching and research, and he holds seminars and workshops for individuals and organizations on the natural laws that apply everywhere and are the foundations of the universe.

Menas is the Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor of Computational Physics and Director of the Center of Excellence of Earth Systems Modeling and Observations at Chapman University in California. He is an international scholar with the Division of Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering also serving as an advisor on the BK21 Plus Eco-Leader Education Center at Korea University in Seoul, Korea as well as an affiliated researcher at the National Observatory of Athens, Greece.

Menas has authored 310-plus articles and published or co-authored 19 books, including The Conscious Universe and Looking In, Seeing Out, and maintains several Huffington Post blogs. He is also co-author with Deepak Chopra of the New York Times bestseller You Are the Universe, which has now been translated into 18 different languages, the latest being Greek. Menas is often interviewed for international television networks, newspapers, and radio.

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