Deepak Chopra MD, FACP, founder of The Chopra Foundation and co-founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing, is a medical doctor, public speaker, and author of more than 80 books, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. He is regarded as a major advocate for the use of alternative medicine. Dr. Chopra is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.
Dr. Chopra’s books have been published in more than forty three languages. His New York Times bestseller Peace Is the Way received the Religion and Spirituality Quill Award in 2005, and The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life was awarded the Grand Prize in the 2005 Nautilus Awards. His latest New York Times bestsellers include What Are You Hungry For: The Chopra Solution to Permanent Weight Loss, Well-Being, and Lightness of the Soul, Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well Being, War of the Worldviews, Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul, and Spiritual Solutions - Answers To Life's Greatest Problems.
Question: What is your position on intelligent design and evolution?
Deepak Chopra: I think those words have been hijacked by fundamentalists. So when people say “intelligent design”, they think in terms of Christian theology. When people say “evolution,” they think strictly in terms of random mutations and natural selection.
And in a sense, therefore, both those terms are misleading. I think for evolution includes, among other things, random mutations and natural selection. But in evolution we also find quantum leaps of creativity. And for me, therefore, evolution, in order to be understood, has to include the creative process which implies that consciousness is an inherent property of nature; that our consciousness is not just something that expresses itself through the human nervous system, but it’s all pervasive. It transcends space and time.
Therefore I think that none of the theories of intelligent design or evolution address the big picture. And our understanding of evolution is in evolution at the moment.
Recorded on: Aug 17, 2007