Deepak Chopra’s interaction with atheists and skeptics began in the late 1980s when Deepak started writing books on mind body medicine, he was suggesting that consciousness was more fundamental than matter in the universe. Michael Shermer put Deepak on the cover of Skeptic Magazine suggesting that he was a fraud and charlatan. Deepak’s Wikipedia page quotes Michael Schermer saying that Deepak is the ultimate embodiment of “pseudoscience”. Over the years, Michael and Deepak have jousted and come to know each other as human beings that disagree, but can be friends.
Since the year 2002, Deepak has had interactions with Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and other skeptics. He has also collaborated in his writings with neuroscientists and physicists who consider consciousness to be a fundamental property of the universe. This video tries to summarize Deepak’s history and relationship with militant atheists and skeptics and offers a way forward to engage in a dialogue that could expand the conversation around the nature of consciousness, fundamental reality, and the scientific pursuit of the nature of our being and the universe we observe.