About the Chopra Library
What is the Chopra Library?
This site is dedicated to the Chopra Library for Integrative Studies & Whole Health, formerly known as ISHAR. This is a scientific reference library funded by the Deepak Chopra Foundation, not to be confused with a personal library of books by Deepak Chopra. We are archiving a world collection of cultural and scientific knowledge, research and discussion with an emphasis on integrative medicine and consciousness studies, eventually including all notable subjects therein. The Chopra Library is a program of ISHAR LLC, which is a Chopra Foundation Initiative and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity.
The Chopra Library offers a practical, open-access resource for both researchers and the public to educate themselves about the status of current findings in integrative studies. Multi-disciplinary subjects will be presented in an interconnected, holistic context while maintaining strict academic standards relating to their field of study, and pursue outreach and collaboration with scholarly organizations relating to integrative studies. The Chopra Library will legally provide all available bodies of knowledge with an open-access ideology.
- Sources of all subjects shall be presented neutrally, comprehensively and objectively.
- All academic sources in the Chopra Library will be held to the scholarly standards of their respective disciplines.
- The Chopra Library does not and will not endorse any particular view, position or claim made within its archive.
- Chopra Library staff have an obligation to promote access to qualified academic sources, making all such content publicly available.
- Any contributions to collaborative editing (e.g. Wikipedia) will abide by the Ethics and Standards of that site in addition to the Chopra Library’s own.
Who Runs the Chopra Library?
Executive Director: Ryan Castle
Director of Research & Academic Liasons: William Bushell, PhD
How do you decide on which sources to include?
That's a very straightforward and yet complex question. The simple part is that the Chopra Library includes all publicly available sources on a given topic that our researchers can obtain. We do not cherry-pick our sources to either confirm or refute a given topic, we work hard to avoid confirmation bias.
The more complex answer relates to how we decide on which sources are academicaly appropriate for a given topic, given the range of publications out there. Continuously expanding, our content encompasses 3 fields of study, each with its own set of discipline-specific standards (marked in parentheticals). This is to determine which discipline’s sources are acceptable for a given topic (e.g. to ensure historical descriptions of a practice are not presented as medical evidence for that practice).
- Integrative Health (Medical sources): All subjects relating to integrative medical or psychological health. A few examples include acupuncture’s palliative effects, yoga’s health benefits, meditation’s psychological benefits and Ayurveda’s efficacy. This is the largest section in ISHAR.
- Integrative Culture (Historical & Anthropological sources): All subjects relating to cultural, historical and social aspects of belief systems, cosmologies, spirituality, cultural traits and practices.
- Integrative Theory (Scientific & Philosophical sources): All subjects relating to theoretical studies into integrative concepts that are scientific but not centered on medicine. Examples include consciousness research, quantum physics’ implications and philosophy.
The archive is in service to researchers, universities, doctors, journalists, libraries and online encyclopedias. The sources are also a valuable asset to laypersons interested in educating themselves and referencing statements on source-based databases like Wikipedia. These functions are only possible if the Chopra Library maintains a high standard of academic rigor.
Contact the Chopra Library
ISHAR's Twitter: https://twitter.com/ISHARonline
To contact ISHAR directly, please email [email protected]ronline.org with any questions, comments or information. If you are an expert in any given field, please note this in the subject line. Please do not hesitate, we want to hear from you.
Share your studies with the Chopra Library, and we will share them with the world.