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When you buy You Are The Universe, the new book from Deepak Chopra and Menas Kafatos, you are eligible to receive Consciousness, Science, and the Nature of Reality – a two-session, online, self-paced program (retail value $79.99) that features a deep and fascinating discussion between Deepak and renowned physicist Menas Kafatos. In this course, Deepak and Menas explore consciousness, science, and the ultimate nature of reality. Their dialogue probes the role that consciousness plays in our perception and understanding of the universe.

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About You Are the Universe


What happens when modern science reaches a crucial turning point that challenges everything we know about reality?

In this brilliant, timely, and practical work, Chopra and Kafatos tell us that we’ve reached just such a point. In the coming era, the universe will be completely redefined as a “human universe” radically unlike the cold, empty void where human life is barely a speck in the cosmos.

You Are the Universe literally means what it says–each of us is a co-creator of reality extending to the vastest reaches of time and space. This seemingly impossible proposition follows from the current state of science, where outside the public eye, some key mysteries cannot be solved, even though they are the very issues that define reality itself:

  • What Came Before the Big Bang?
  • Why Does the Universe Fit Together So Perfectly?
  • Where Did Time Come From?
  • What Is the Universe Made Of?
  • Is the Quantum World Linked to Everyday Life?
  • Do We Live in a Conscious Universe?
  • How Did Life First Begin?

About The Authors


Deepak Chopra, M.D., FACP

DEEPAK CHOPRA MD, FACP, founder of The Chopra Foundation and co-founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing, is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation, and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Clinical Professor at UCSD Medical School, Researcher, Neurology and Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. The World Post and The Huffington Post global internet survey ranked Chopra #17 influential thinker in the world and #1 in Medicine. Deepak Chopra is the author of more than 85 books translated into over 43 languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. www.deepakchopra.com

Menas Kafatos, Ph.D.

MENAS KAFATOS PhD is The Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor of Computational Physics at Chapman University, author of more than 320 referenced articles and fifteen books. He received his B.A. in Physics from Cornell University in 1967 and his Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972. He is the Founding Dean of the Schmid College of Science and Technology at Chapman University, serving as dean in 2009-2012. He directs the Center of Excellence in Earth Systems Modeling and Observations.

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THE DAWN OF A HUMAN UNIVERSE

There is a photograph of Albert Einstein standing beside the most famous man in the world, who happened to be the great comedian Charlie Chaplin. In 1931, Einstein was touring Los Angeles, and a chance encounter at Universal Studios led to an invitation to attend the premiere of Chaplin’s new movie City Lights. Both men are dressed in tuxedos and smiling broadly. It’s astonishing to think that Einstein was the second-most-famous man in the world.

He didn’t owe his worldwide fame to the fact that everyday people understood his theories of relativity.* Einstein’s theories dwelt in a realm far above everyday life, and that in itself created awe. British philosopher and mathematician Bertrand Russell wasn’t trained in physics; when Einstein’s ideas were explained to him, he was astounded and burst out, “To think I have spent my life on absolute muck.” (Russell went on to write a brilliant explanation for laymen, The ABC of Relativity.)

In some way relativity had toppled both time and space; the average person could grasp that much. E = mc2 was the most famous equation in history, but what it meant didn’t touch everyday life, either. People went about their daily existence as if none of Einstein’s deep thinking mattered, not in practical terms.

But that assumption has turned out to be wrong….

IS EVERYTHING RELATIVE?

The year 2015 marked the hundredth anniversary of Einstein’s final version of relativity, known as the General Theory of Relativity, and yet the most radical implications of it haven’t sunk in, not as it concerns what is real and what is illusion. We are all used to accepting relativity in our everyday life, though we don’t use that label. When your toddler draws on the wall with crayons, throws food on the floor, or wets the bed, you are much more likely to be indulgent about his behavior than if your neighbor’s toddler comes to your house and does the same things. We are also used to the mind’s fooling us about what our senses are detecting.

Let’s say you are going to a party and are told in advance that Mr. X, who will be there, is on trial for multiple burglaries in your area. At the party Mr. X comes up to you and casually asks, “Where do you live?” The sounds arriving in your brain through the mechanics of hearing will produce a very different response than if someone else had asked the same question…

THE QUANTUM AND THE APPLECART

Relativity was such a mind-bending theory that in the popular imagination, it seemed to go as far as physics could go. But this was far from the case.

The story of what is real and what isn’t took an uncomfortable turn known as the quantum revolution. This didn’t happen totally independently of Einstein’s work but as an offshoot of E = mc2, which states that the amount of energy inside any bit of matter equals the mass of the object multiplied by the speed of light squared. A huge amount of knowledge is contained in that statement, which applies to phenomena as diverse as black holes and splitting atoms. Yet, in a sense, the most startling aspect of E = mc2 is the equal sign.

“Equal” means “the same as,” and in this case, energy is the same as matter, or mass is equivalent to energy. As far as the five senses are concerned, a sand dune, a eucalyptus tree, and a loaf of bread (matter) are totally unlike a bolt of lightning, a rainbow, and the magnetism that moves a compass needle (energy). But Einstein’s formulation has been proved correct many times over.

The same cannot be said of the trouble that ensued from it. By portraying nature as endlessly transformable, with matter constantly turning into energy, E = mc2 raised the question of how this behavior works…

Praise for the book


“Revisiting [the] fascinating discourse on how science and spirituality inform each other is long overdue and this new book finally does it!”

“Almost 100 years ago the sage Tagore and the scientist Einstein had a brief encounter to discuss the nature of reality. Revisiting their fascinating discourse on how science and spirituality inform each other is long overdue and this new book finally does it! Even if you – like me, prefer Einstein’s world, this book will make you marvel at Tagore’s beautiful human universe as masterfully uncovered by the authors.”

Dimitar Sasselov, Professor of Astronomy, Harvard University, author of The Life of Super-Earths: How the Hunt for Alien Worlds and Artificial Cells will Revolutionize Life on Our Planet

“The result is a riveting and absolutely fascinating literary adventure that will blow your mind wide open!”

“This is not just another popular science book asking who am I? and why am I here?. This important new book addresses today’s most important scientific questions regarding our very existence. In the end, we can’t help but to be convinced that we live in a participatory universe that we define and synthesize according to the nervous system we enjoy as a species. The result is a riveting and absolutely fascinating literary adventure that will blow your mind wide open!”

— Dr. Rudolph E. Tanzi, Joseph. P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology Harvard Medical School Vice-Chair, Neurology; Director, Genetics and Aging Research Unit Massachusetts General Hospital

“A seemingly innocent idea to cosmic heights.”

“As a teenager, I used to find it rather curious that people regard their thoughts and emotions as integral to whom they are, but their perceptions as something totally beyond themselves. The world we perceive is, after all, part of our mental life just like our thoughts and emotions. In this book, Deepak and Menas take this seemingly innocent idea to cosmic heights, revealing its true force and significance. They do it intelligently, in a scientifically well-informed manner, and with good taste. The result is delightful.”

— Bernardo Kastrup, Ph.D., author of Why Materialism Is Baloney, Brief Peeks Beyond and MoreThan Allegory.

“An inspiring and insightful work.”

“An inspiring and insightful work that points out the sterility and inadequacy of the materialist paradigm that unnecessarily pervades modern science.”

Ruth E. Kastner, Ph.D, author of Understanding Our Unseen Reality: Solving Quantum Riddles

“Deepak Chopra and Menas Kafatos suggest new avenues [of understanding], in that knowing the Observer resolves the Cosmic Conundrum.”

“Understanding Cosmos needs innovative perceptions and at times key paradigm moves. Our cosmic perspective changed radically with emergence of Relativity and a Quantum Universe, even as key mysteries remain unsolved in Modern Science. Are we at a critical juncture again towards comprehending the Cosmos? Deepak Chopra and Menas Kafatos suggest new avenues, in that knowing the Observer resolves the Cosmic Conundrum. The book brings in a fresh breeze of ideas and an enjoyable journey into Self and Universe.”

Dr. Pankaj S. Joshi, Senior Professor, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Theoretical Physicist and Cosmologist, Mumbai

“If you want to understand the worldview in which human consciousness is primary, and how that perspective can be defended through science, this is the book to read.”

“I am often asked if Deepak Chopra really believes the many controversial and provocative ideas he espouses in his many writings. Now that I have gotten to know him I can answer unequivocally in the affirmative, and there is no better encapsulation of his scientific worldview than You Are the Universe, which he co-authored with the highly respected physicist Menas Kafatos, my colleague at Chapman University. If you want to understand the worldview in which human consciousness is primary, and how that perspective can be defended through science, this is the book to read. In my own journey to better understand Deepak and his worldview this book was the most enlightening path I took.”

Michael Shermer, PhD, Publisher Skeptic magazine, monthly columnist Scientific American, Presidential Fellow Chapman University, author of The Moral Arc, The Believing Brain, and Why People Believe Weird Things.

“Chopra takes us on a tour of the universe and humanity’s place in it, exploring both science and spirituality, and how they may inform each other.”

“In You Are The Universe, Deepak Chopra picks up where he left off in War of the Worldviews, only this time, rather than warring with a scientist (me), he joins forces with one. Teaming up with quantum physics expert Menas Kafatos, Chopra takes us on a tour of the universe and humanity’s place in it, exploring both science and spirituality, and how they may inform each other. Although it’s a worldview I do not subscribe to, it was an enjoyable ride.”

Leonard Mlodinow, PhD, author of The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Your Life, and The Grand Design (with Stephen Hawking)

“This book points toward […] a deep connection between our minds and the fundamental makeup of the universe.”

“As brain science and Western philosophy remain confounded by consciousness, this book points toward a solution, a deep connection between our minds and the fundamental makeup of the universe.”

Stuart Hameroff, MD Director and Co-founder, Center for Consciousness Studies Professor Emeritus, Department of Anesthesiology Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology University of Arizona

“Read the book and find out more about the universe and yourself.”

“Ready for a broader vision of yourself?  Face it! the paradigm of science is changing from the primacy of matter to the primacy of consciousness, what the authors call the primacy of qualia–felt experience.  Read the book and find out more about the universe and yourself”.

—Amit Goswami, Ph.D., Theoretical Quantum Physicist, Author of The Everything Answer Book and Quantum Economics.

“[This book] addresses all the most important questions we can ask of ourselves and of science.”

“The latest masterpiece by Deepak is a joint oeuvre with cosmologist Menas Kafatos. It addresses all the most important questions we can ask of ourselves and of science. Questions like who we are, and why are we here – with the science to back our answers. This is the “new paradigm” we have been talking about!”

Ervin Laszlo – Author of What is Reality; The New Map of Cosmos and Consciousness, and Existence

“This book raises a lot of such fascinating issues which may create an environment of new debate.”

“This book discusses an important aspect from neuroscientific point of view i.e mind creates the reality. The authors do not like to distinguish the external reality and internal reality. This is similar to Yigacara Buddhism. However, it raises a very important issue whether any physical theory should include boundary conditions too or boundary conditions are outside the physical theory. This book raises a lot of such fascinating issues which may create an environment of new debate.”

Sisir Roy, T.V. Raman Pai Chair, National Institute of Advanced Studies, IISC Campus, Bangalore and (Former) Professor, Physics and Applied Mathematics Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India.

“…[The Authors] illuminate the realms where all the most successful contemporary sciences come to the edge of what can be explained…”

You are the Universe, brings the usual gracious clarity of all of Deepak Chopra’s writings together with the insights of physicist Menas Kafatos to elucidate the most profound and pressing questions at the frontiers of contemporary science. Weaving Dr. Chopra’s expertise regarding biological systems with Prof. Kafatos’ work in quantum physics, geophysics, and cosmology, they illuminate the realms where all the most successful contemporary sciences come to the edge of what can be explained with the vital lights from their own life times of deep spiritual practice. The result is no clash of competing perspectives, but a rich, synergistic tapestry of great wisdom, beauty, and comfort for our culture. As such, You Are The Universe is their great and generous gift to each of us.”

Neil Theise, MD, Professor of Pathology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

“[The Authors] present a novel, and I dare to say, revolutionary “paradigm” that has to make us all reconsider our ideas about our place in the Universe.”

“In this interesting book, an astrophysicist is uniquely teaming up with a medical doctor. They present a novel, and I dare to say, revolutionary “paradigm” that has to make us all reconsider our ideas about our place in the Universe. It will shake stagnated waters in the short sighted beliefs of many. It will also make us to think and wonder about our real relationship with the Cosmos.”

Kanaris Tsinganos, Director & President of the Governing Board National Observatory of Athens, Professor, Section of Astrophysics, Astronomy & Mechanics Department of Physics, University of Athens (Greece)

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Table of Contents


3

Preface: You and the Universe Are One
Overview: The Dawn of a Human Universe
PART ONE

THE ULTIMATE MYSTERIES

What Came Before the Big Bang?

Why Does the Universe Fit Together So Perfectly?

Where Did Time Come From?

What Is the Universe Made Of?

Is There Design in the Universe?

Is the Quantum World Linked to Everyday Life?

Do We Live in a Conscious Universe?

How Did Life First Begin?

Does the Brain Create the Mind?

PART TWO

EMBRACING YOUR COSMIC SELF

The Power of Personal Reality

Where You Really Came From

Home Free

Appendix 1: Getting Comfortable with Qualia
Appendix 2: How Cosmic Consciousness Behaves

You Are The Universe – 2017 Book Tour Dates

Book Tour


Feb 7 – NYC Open Center

Feb 13 – Miami, FL – Lecture

Feb 14 – Miami, FL – Book Signing

Feb 15 – Orlando, FL

Feb 19 – Newport Mesa, CA

Feb 20 – San Diego, CA – Sold Out –

Feb 22 – Kansas City, MO

Feb 24 – Houston, TX

Feb 26 – Seattle, WA – Sold Out –

Mar 1 – Los Angeles, CA 

Mar 5 – Tel Aviv, Israel

Mar 15 – Philadelphia, PA

Mar 17-19 – UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Mar 21 – Warren, MI

Mar 15 – Buffalo, NY

Mar 24 – Englewood, NJ

Apr 21 – New York, NY – Yoga Journal Conference

Apr 27-29 – Columbus, OH

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