Richard Dawkins, emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford, is an atheist and humanist. He came to prominence with his 1976 book “The Selfish Gene”, which popularized the gene-centered view of evolution and introduced the term meme. He is well known for his criticism of creationism and intelligent design, and he promotes the “Out Campaign”, where Atheists proudly display a scarlet-A letter.
Deepak Chopra (born in New Delhi, India) began his career as an endocrinologist and later shifted his focus to alternative medicine. By the late 1980s, he was publishing self-help books on New Age spirituality and alternative medicine, and today, often commands $75,000 to speak at an event.
In a recent interview with the Canadian TV show “Hot Type”, Chopra said:
Dawkins is a scientist who is frozen in an obsolete world view. He is a materialist a reductionist, a mechanist who is is really a fundamentalist.
And I think fundamentalists in science are even more dangerous than fundamentalists in religion, because they put on the veneer of respectability. “I am the Oxford professor, I wrote the “Selfish Gene”, I have all these rational explanations.” Isn’t your rationality also an activity of the universe?
Chopra then goes on to describe his upcoming book”The Third Jesus” – first is historical, second is the one “hijacked by the Christians“, i.e. the Western Pauline Jesus, the third is more cosmic.
It’s amazing two people in such anti-Judeo-Christian camps don’t get along better.
Below is the 23 minute interview of Depak Chopra where I heard the quotes above: