You Are the Universe

Discovering Your Cosmic Self and Why It Matters
Narrated by: Kaleo Griffith
Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
4 out of 5 stars (535 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best seller 

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. 

"A riveting and absolutely fascinating adventure that will blow your mind wide open!" (Dr. Rudolph E. Tanzi) 

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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Unexpectedly very Science-y

Be in a Science frame of mind before listening to this book. I am going to have to listen to it again to understand it. I sometimes lost focus and would have to back up. I backed up so often and re-listened again and again because I would find myself day-dreaming (or falling asleep). Frankly, I have a tough time with some science books and don't find them fun.

The whole space-time thing is a struggle. Just living in it is too. ;)

I learned something, but not sure what it is.

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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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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.

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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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phenomenal

must read! you'll thank me later. great book with plenty of insightful information. audio is wonderful too!

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You are the universe

Deep. I had to listen to it more than once. After the second time I started to get it.

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More questions than answers

What did you like best about You Are the Universe? What did you like least?

This book presented some interesting ideas that made sense to my limited understanding, but it also left me with more questions:
Are the authors embracing a simulation model of the universe? They speak of the death of the individal as the cessation of a particular "qualia program". Where does history fit in? What about absolute good and evil? If all cultural constructs are nothing more than localized expressions of subjectivity, then it sounds like there is no higher purpose; no absolute good or evil, but only our perception of it. There's something creepy about a "cosmic consciousness" that uses up creatures for its own purposes, no matter how much suffering is involved. An infantile consciousness?

What was most disappointing about Deepak Chopra and Menas C. Kafatos, PhD ’s story?

Unending analogies of how the quantum world is like consciousness . . . I kept wanting them to get to the point. And I'm still not sure what the point is. It was not comforting to me to think of a primordial consciousness that has no particular interest in its creations; one that is willing to smash mask after mask until it gets it right.

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

He has a wonderful voice for story telling; a good job of bringing clarity to dense material.

Did You Are the Universe inspire you to do anything?

Continue trying to learn more about quantum physics and the nature of consciousness.

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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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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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