Deepak Chopra and Nancy Abrams discuss the topics of her book, “A God That Could Be Real,” where Abrams explores a radically new way of thinking about God. She dismantles several common assumptions about God and shows why an omniscient, omnipotent God that created the universe and plans what happens is incompatible with science—but that this doesn’t preclude a God that can comfort and empower us. God, she argues, is an “emergent phenomenon” that arises from the staggering complexity of humanity’s collective aspirations and is in dialogue with every individual.
34:00 | 2020
Nancy has always been intrigued by science's border with myth. She strives as a philosopher to put the discoveries of modern cosmology into a cultural context and as a musician to communicate their possible meanings at a deeper level. Nancy is also an activist engaged in the role of science in shaping a new politics. As a lawyer and Fulbright scholar she has worked in this area for the International Juridical Association in Rome, a European environmental law think tank, as well as the Ford Foundation and the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress. She also co-created the technique of Scientific Mediation, a process that allows government agencies to make informed and insightful policy decisions on issues where science is crucial but disputed. Scientific Mediation aims not to resolve scientific controversy, which can only be done by scientific research, but to make the essence of the dispute transparent to the non-scientists making the practical political decision.
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