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Prayer for change is the right answer. Violence, hostility, boycotts, bigotry and contempt do not serve anyone well, and are needlessly divisive. If you believe in the efficacy of prayer, however, that's great. Matthew 6:6 comes to mind. 
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Completely absurd. 

Religion is an idea. Why is it somehow worse to suggest that Muhammad may have been somewhat less than ideal- perhaps even a pedophile- than it is to ridicule political figures, public personalities or the pope? Why are ANY expressions of opinion off-limits in this way? 

Nothing that was printed in Charlie Hebdo justifies any of this. Pretending that you empathize with those who were- and are- offended by depictions of Muhammad (including the killers) may give voice to the offence you felt when the Pope was ridiculed- but it's completely misplaced.
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Deepak sets up several strawmen here, all for the purpose of reinforcing his claims. Nothing new for him. 

Suggesting that Richard Dawkins and all Atheists, by extension, know little about spirituality and less about consciousness is fallacious in the extreme. There are a number of researchers in neuroscience and consciousness that continue to make good progress, understanding the human brain and from whence arises consciousness- Deepak's ignoring the science behind consciousness, instead slipping in a little reference to quantum dynamics as though that invalidates anything we think we know.

What's apparent to me in reading this article is that Dr. Chopra misunderstands and mischaracterizes Atheism, Atheists and modern neuroscience. There remains no reason to believe that when we meditate, that we're doing anything more than selectively activating or reinforcing neural pathways and structures that we may find desirable in our lives. We are and will remain  human, we have some ability to exercise and "re-shape" our brains (and therefore our minds and even personalities) just like we can develop any other part of our human body. 

To claim that "quantum physics has totally dismantled the validity of the five senses"... our five senses never functioned at Planck's lengths, which is the place quantum effects become apparent... Newtonian, and if we're more precise, Einsteinian mechanics continue to apply perfectly well. Sometimes our senses deceive us... therefore science, not "therefore god". 
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