2012An excellent look at how the science establishment is constraining the open minded attitude necessary for future discovery that they pretend to have. A fascinating insight and some interesting theories of other ways of thinking. This is much more than an answer to Dawkins' God Delusion, Sheldrake sets out his stall as a sceptic of scientific materialism, asking questions that do bear considering. You may not agree 100%, but you will be challenged and I would say, rather than dismiss Sheldrakes ideas out of hand, read with an open mind and rise to the challenge of proving him wrong instead. You might be surprised at where it takes you. It is interesting to speculate why do some unorthodox scientific theories attract such vehement ridicule, while others are merely contentious? From adaptive mutation to psi phenomena to water memory to UFOs, from plant consciousness to Sheldrake's morphic resonance, these exceptions to the rule in science point to a transition from the existing materialistic paradigm to one that eventually might embrace them. However, these controversial viewpoints suggest a universe in which intelligence, purpose, and consciousness are not under the exclusive ownership of human beings, thus challenging a key pillar of traditional dualistic thinking. It is hardly surprising therefore that because they pose such an ideological and psychological threat, these theories tend to provoke a backlash that is often more emotional than intellectual. It is worth being in mind that in April 2008, Sheldrake was stabbed by a man during a lecture in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The man told a reporter that he thought Sheldrake had been using him as a "guinea pig" in telepathic mind control experiments for over five years. Sheldrake suffered a wound to the leg and has since recovered while his assailant was found "guilty but mentally ill" (AmReview)
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