Stephen Hawking – The Grand Design

Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking recently appeared on Larry King Live (Sept. 10, 2010) to discuss his controversial new book, The Grand Design. Also appearing on the show to share their insights and opinions were co-author Leonard Mlodinow, Jesuit priest Robert Spitzer and Dr. Deepak Chopra. Watch the show below or download in mp4 format.

An interesting question Larry King asked Deepak Chopra:

Larry King: “Where did it come from, our ability to think?”

Deepak Chopra: “It came from the same nothingness from where everything comes from. We have to congratulate Leonard and Stephen for finally contributing to the climactic overthrow of the superstition of materialism, because everything that we call matter comes from this domain which is invisible, which is beyond space and time. All religious experience is based on just three basic fundamental ideas:

1) Transcendence – that there is an intelligence that is beyond space and time, which is acausal, or non-local.
2) The inter-connectedness of all existence.
3) Truth, goodness, harmony, beauty, platonic values, including mathematical truth, that are embedded at the fundamental level of the universe.

And nothing in their book invalidates any of these three ideas — transcendence, inter-connectedness and our desire and our ability to embrace joy, loving-kindness, peace of mind, equanimity, mathematical truth…”

One thought on “Stephen Hawking – The Grand Design”

  1. In “The Grand Design” Stephen Hawking postulates that the M-theory may be the Holy Grail of physics…the Grand Unified Theory which Einstein had tried to formulate and later abandoned. It expands on quantum mechanics and string theories.

    In my e-book on comparative mysticism is a quote by Albert Einstein: “…most beautiful and profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and most radiant beauty – which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive form – this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of all religion.”

    E=mc², Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity, is probably the best known scientific equation. I revised it to help better understand the relationship between divine Essence (Spirit), matter (mass/energy: visible/dark) and consciousness (f(x) raised to its greatest power). Unlike the speed of light, which is a constant, there are no exact measurements for consciousness. In this hypothetical formula, basic consciousness may be of insects, to the second power of animals and to the third power the rational mind of humans. The fourth power is suprarational consciousness of mystics, when they intuit the divine essence in perceived matter. This was a convenient analogy, but there cannot be a divine formula.


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