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Believers and skeptics of science and religion have been debating for years—that's nothing new. Deepak Chopra explains how adding a new element to the mix—consciousness—could potentially change this opposing dynamic for good.
Nothing gets as vicious as fighting for a lost cause. If the proverbial Martian landed in a flying saucer today and saw how religionists war against scientists, he would be surprised at the vehemence on both sides. What is the war about? Fact beat out faith long ago. In the middle of the 19th century, when Darwin's theory of evolution replaced Genesis to explain the appearance of human beings, the trend away from faith was already old. The world had been remade as material, governed by natural laws, random in its effects and immune to divine intervention. Not just science, but thousands of unanswered prayers did their part to dethrone God.
I am not drawn to lost causes, and therefore I'd like to guide the debate away from religion. And because religion is the primary form of spirituality in most people's lives, we'll have to step away from spirituality, too, at least at first. There should be renewed admiration for science's attempts to answer the fundamental mysteries. These are well-known by now:
What happens when you add consciousness to the mix?