Deepak’s Upgrade to God 2.0
In the ABC Nightline debate between myself and Sam Harris v. Deepak Chopra and Jean Houston, Deepak read quotes from Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking indicating that they believe in God. I pointed out that both scientists stated quite clearly that they do not believe in God. Deepak responded that of course they (and he, Deepak) don’t believe in the old white male bronze-age god of the Bible, and that we need to upgrade our ideas about god to include the findings of modern science, especially physics, most notably quantum physics. In response to this, one of my cycling training partners named Stephen Beckner outlined the best summary I have seen of what Deepak is proposing. Stephen writes me:
I finally got around to watching your debate with Deepak over at abc.com. Chopra has improved his debating skills a little over time, or perhaps it’s better to say his tactics have evolved. His method is to attempt to make the skeptics appear stodgy and intransigent. In a brilliant turn of the tables, suddenly it’s you who’s stuck in the “dungeon of orthodoxy”. He subtly invites his opponent to actually explain why his interpretations of quantum mechanics are wrong. But if the opponent steps into that trap, the audience will find the ensuing cascade of jargon alienating. They will feel stupid, and blame the skeptic. In light of this, I was inspired to create a visual aid for the next time you or Sam debate with him. This chart will help the audience to understand what Deepak really means when he speaks of God.
Deepak, if you read this, please let us know if this is, indeed, pretty much what you mean by upgrading our notions of the deity.
Upgrade to the all new version of God. Key improvements include the following:
GOD (beta version) GOD 2.0
Hell Dark Matter
Eternity Space/Time Continuum
Holy Trinity Particle/Wave Duality
Leap of Faith Quantum Leap
10 Commandments E = MC2
Council Of Rome Copenhagen Interpretation
Peter’s Denial Quantum Erasure
Judas’ Kiss Decoherence
Parting of the Sea Sea of Consciousness
Loaves and Fishes Quarks and Bosons
Apostles String Theorists
Money Changers Quants
Burning Bush Roadside IED
Godhead General Relativity
Reincarnation Special Relativity
Karma Quantum Entanglement
Deepak (and anyone else), please feel free to reconfigure the God 2.0 chart as you think best.