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Richard

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  • War of the Worldviews: Science Vs. Spirituality

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow, Deepak Chopra
    • Narrated By Deepak Chopra, Leonard Mlodinow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (73)
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    (70)

    Two bestselling authors first met in a televised Caltech debate on “the future of God,” one an articulate advocate for spirituality, the other a prominent physicist. This remarkable book is the product of that serendipitous encounter and the contentious - but respectful - clash of worldviews that grew along with their friendship.

    HossBud says: "Meh."
    "Meh."
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    I'm not sure what I was thinking when I bought this book, maybe a chance to hear some new perspective on big questions.

    I left this one feeling disappointed on both sides, Mlodinow for not putting the hammer down harder, and Chopra for dwelling on his straw man arguments and offering up the incessant lists. When Chopra starts on a list, he really loses me, the book is no longer about world view, its a textbook for his brand of snake oil.

    Chopra also falls into the trap of arguing against himself repeatedly throughout, using examples that clearly illustrate Leonard's point, then twisting them around to support magical thoughts that are clearly unrelated.

    Mlodinow does too much floating around, it seemed like he doesn't want to really tear down Chopra's arguments as directly as Chopra does his. Maybe to keep the book moving along?

    Mlodinow often rushes his reading, and Chopra's often wanders into a droning attempt at hypnotism, as far as I can tell.

    It's not terrible, it was interesting to hear another point of view from where I stand, I just expected a little more from both sides.

    40 of 47 people found this review helpful

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