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Issue 40 / May–July 2008
Welcome to the Center of the Universe
Science zeros in on the cosmic significance of consciousness
Ever since Copernicus proved that the universe doesn’t revolve around Earth, humanity’s place in the cosmos has steadily continued to shrink. But we may be far more central to the universe than we think. WIE explores the ways in which science is coming to understand our true cosmic significance. Plus, we join Deepak Chopra for a candid tour of his mythic life, take an illuminating look at the New Atheism movement, and question the purpose of existence with Ken Wilber and Andrew Cohen. Featuring: Joel R. Primack, Nancy Ellen Abrams, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Paul Davies, Janna Levin, Stewart Brand, Rupert Sheldrake, and more.
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An interview with Joel R. Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams
Ever since Copernicus proved that the universe
doesn’t revolve around Earth, humanity’s place in
the cosmos has steadily continued to shrink. But
according to physicist Joel Primack and cultural philosopher
Nancy Abrams, we may be far more central
to the universe than we think. WIE speaks with this
dynamic husband-and-wife duo about the fascinating
ways in which science is coming to understand our
true cosmic significance, revealing a surprising new
context in which to answer the perennial spiritual
questions: Who are we? and Why are we here?
by Elizabeth Debold
Featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson · Paul Davies · Janna Levin
Deno Kazanis · Bernard Haisch
Cosmologists say that ninety-six percent of the universe’s mass is
actually invisible, consisting of enigmatic entities called “dark matter”
and “dark energy.” The question is, what is this stuff? And why are
some physicists invoking Eastern philosophy to explain it?
by Tom Huston
He is the most famous face in the world of East-meets-West
spirituality. But what’s the real story behind
Deepak Chopra’s success? In this candid interview
with spiritual teacher and WIE founder Andrew Cohen,
Chopra offers a never-before-seen look at his remarkable
life, proceeding from his formative years in India
to his rise in the ranks of the Transcendental Meditation
movement to the dramatic separation from his guru
that set him on the path to spiritual stardom.
by Andrew Cohen
Atheists with Attitude
God has some new enemies. Led by Richard Dawkins and
other outspoken voices, the “New Atheists” are on a mission
to debunk religious faith once and for all. In an entertaining
field guide, WIE surveys the personalities and tactics being
employed in this latest iteration of an age-old culture war.
by Carter Phipps and Joel Pitney
THE GURU AND THE PANDIT
Andrew Cohen and Ken Wilber
What is the purpose of the universe? Is the evolutionary
process God’s merry-go-round, repeating in infinite cycles,
or is it a deadly serious endeavor charting ever-new ground?
Metaphysical sparks fly between the Guru and the Pandit as
they tackle some of the biggest questions that philosophers
have wrestled with for millennia.
PULSE: news from an emerging culture
Eckhart Tolle and Oprah enlighten millions
online; the Lake Wobegon Effect; Amit
Goswami’s quantum crusade; Shawn Phillips’s
Strength for Life; news on WIE’s next issue;
and the hottest diet question of the last two
thousand years: Was Jesus a juicer?
The Dutch are embracing the revolutionary
green design philosophy known as Cradle to
Cradle in ways never seen before. But will the
rest of the world follow their lead?
by Carol Ann Raphael
Featuring Stewart Brand and Rupert Sheldrake
Reviews of books, film, and other media