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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Deepak Chopra joins forces with leading physicist Menas Kafatos to explore some of the most important and baffling questions about our place in the world.

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 cocreator 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?

"The shift into a new paradigm is happening," the authors write. "The answers offered in this book are not our invention or eccentric flights of fancy. All of us live in a participatory universe. Once you decide that you want to participate fully with mind, body, and soul, the paradigm shift becomes personal. The reality you inhabit will be yours either to embrace or to change." What these two great minds offer is a bold new understanding of who we are and how we can transform the world for the better while reaching our greatest potential.

©2017 Deepak Chopra (P)2017 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"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)
"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)
"An inspiring and insightful work that points out the sterility and inadequacy of the materialist paradigm that unnecessarily pervades modern science." (Ruth E. Kastner, PhD, author of Understanding Our Unseen Reality: Solving Quantum Riddles)

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Add this one to your list of must listens.

The book walks the line between spirituality and science to bring awareness of ones self as a participant, creator, observer in the perception of the universe that is found in self. With a good grasp of the science used to describe the physical universe the book attempts to encourage and bring to light the surging trend of consciousness of mind and universe. Through this understanding a new enlightenment of self and reality is hoped to spawn. For those who already have been considering these ideas this book may provide validation of your thoughts as well as help to connect some dots that you may be missing. Definitely one to add to your library.

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Pretty heavy thinking. interesting stuff.

This is not your typical novel. It is by one of our greatest mind's today so don't expect a joy ride. This is for deep thinking and requires your undivided attention, but we'll worth the time.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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It has me thinking

the whole concept of qualia is new I need to spend time evaluating it. I like anything that makes me think and think outside the box I totally enjoyed this book I would recommend it to others just to go in another direction that you're not use to

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Perception Altering

not for the beginner! in depth summation, physics, quantum physics and our existence within it.

I will listen again just to make sure I missed nothing.

there was a moment of pure understanding of which I felt a part of.....everything. as if my body and mind expanded to fill the universe...or best stated to be of the universe. just a moment, as soon as I realized what was happening....it moved on beyond my ability to grasp. made me laugh as I read further and it was stated, that understanding fully..or experiencing fully was impossible, because awareness collapses all into the Now...which does not really exist!

amazing and wonderful.

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Food for deep thought

While I have a very good education in science, physics, chemistry, mathematics and engineering, this brings a whole new dimension to all of those. I'm now going to read/listen again. it will take a while to absorb.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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True tale of the physical and metaphysical cosmos

What did you love best about You Are the Universe?

Understandable yet profound. Thought provoking and thought expanding.

What other book might you compare You Are the Universe to and why?

The Field and The Source Field

What does Kaleo Griffith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Shines a light on the philosophical, religious, physical and metaphysical implications of the reality of the quantum universe.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

It would need to be a documentary film.

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I have been looking for a book like this for a while now and here it is. It does a great job of shrinking the universe down to the personal while explaining all the scientific realities of the quantum world and the subsequent metaphysics.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Above my head

I expected a spiritual revelation but there is so much technical theory I got lost. Not what I expected from Deepak Chopra.

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Great discussion. .. lousy conclusion

I really enjoyed the discussion of how the laws of physics relate to each other and our perception of the universe. But the authors do not present a compelling case for the universal consciousness.

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Consciousness writes a book

This audio book is for those who seek an explanation for our relationship to consciousness and the universe. Will likely appeal to those who have an understanding of some of the scientific theories that seek to describe reality. This audio book covers most of the popular theories and offers its own conclusions. Overall it's very intriguing but somewhat technical and involved for the evening commute.

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Interesting and thought provoking theory of being

Good verbal and well explained theory of the universe and the mind being of the same consciousness. Besides ezplaining, the author tries to convince the reader of the truthfulness of the theory while including known criticism. In that, the story frames your mind into this model - which makes a lot of sense and really provokes current thinking.

The book points out the essence of subjectivity and I am sure it can be interpreted in many ways .... but still makes for a good read for anybody interested in the origin of the universe and existence itself.