Plenary 3,

Tuesday, May 3  

2:00 pm to 4:10 pm

Consciousness and Reality I        


DEEPAK CHOPRA, Chopra Foundation,  Vedic Approaches To Consciousness

LEONARD MLODINOW, Physicist and Author , Grand Design

PAOLA ZIZZI, Padua, Consciousness In The Early Universe

 DEEPAK CHOPRA                LEONARD MLODINOW                 PAOLA ZIZZI

 DEEPAK CHOPRA                                                LEONARD MLODINOW                                     PAOLA ZIZZI

 Chopra Foundation                                              Physicist and Author                                       Padua


Deepak Chopra, MD is the Founder and Chairman of the Chopra Foundation, and Founder and co-Chairman of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing and Gallup Senior Scientist. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over fifty-five books with eighteen New York Times best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. He is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and Washington Post On Faith and contributes regularly to,, and Huffington Post. Chopra’s Wellness Radio airs weekly on Sirius/XM Stars, Channels 102 and 55, which focuses on the areas - success, love, sexuality and relationships, well-being, and spirituality.  -- Time Magazine heralds Deepak Chopra as one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century, and credits him as “the poet-prophet of alternative medicine.”     – Time Magazine, June 1999

Leonard Mlodinow holds a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of California at Berkeley, has been an Alexander von Humboldt fellow at the Max-Planck-Institut fuer Physik und Astrophysik in Munich, and on the physics faculty of California Institute of Technology.  He has authored numerous publications in academic physics journals as well as in the popular press, and has written 5 popular science books, which now appear in 25 languages -- Euclid's Window: The story of geometry from parallel lines to hyperspace (2001); Feynman's Rainbow: a search for beauty in physics and in life (2003)A Briefer History of Time (2005, co-authored with Stephen Hawking); the New York Times best-seller, editor’s choice, and notable book of the year, The Drunkard’s Walk: the story of randomness and its role in our lives (2008), short listed for the Royal Society book award; and the #1 best seller The Grand Design (2010, co-authored with Stephen Hawking).  With Matt Costello, he co-authored the children’s book series The Kids of Einstein Elementary.  Dr. Mlodinow also wrote for network television for many years, including the series MacGyver, and Star Trek, Next Generation, and the comedy Night Court, has appeared in front of the camera on numerous television talk shows including Larry King Live on CNN.  His writing awards include the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry’s Robert P. Balles Prize in Critical Thinking and the Liber Press Award from the Spanish publisher.  He was also a pioneer in computer games, as producer, executive producer and designer of several award-winning games.  Between 1997 and 2003 he was Vice President for software development for the New York publisher Scholastic Inc., the U.S. publisher of the Harry Potter series, where he created a children’s games division and built it into one of the top five in the United States.

Paola Zizzi is with the Department of Pure and Applied Mathematics, University of Padova, Italy. She is also guest scientist at the Department of Astronomy, University of Padova and meember of the International Quantum Structure Association and the Quantum Consciousness Group at the University of Arizona