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Reading Rupert Sheldrake

Lately I've been reading work by Rupert Sheldrake, an English author, public speaker, and researcher in the field of parapsychology, known for his "morphic resonance" concept. He worked as a biochemist and cell biologist at Cambridge University from 1967 to 1973[3] and as principal plant physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics until 1978.

He is himself a trained scientist, with advanced degrees from major universities, but he is intensely disliked by most of the scientific community, because he is willing to investigate things that his colleagues in the sciences have been trained to ignore or even hotly disbelieve. Among other things, he points out that so many of the things that we are taught are "laws of nature" or "inevitable corollaries of X" or things everyone knows" are simply untested assumptions that may or may not be true, but have never been proven true. In his many books, he discusses verboten ideas such as parapsychological/paranormal phenomena, the souls of nonhuman life and even the soul and spirit of nature itself, and so on. He points out that in the 19th century, when atheistic materialism became fashionable, scientists began to entertain ideas which still persist today such as "consciousness is nothing but an illusion of a purely materialistic brain" (gee, how did they come up with THAT, anyway? Probably, as a friend of mine once said, by means of introspection), "only human beings have souls, can feel pain, are creative, etc.), and other equally jarring ideas which, now that we have finally somehow made it into the 21st century, beginning to yield to more observant, intelligent notions. I particularly recommend his book The Science Delusion, which goes into deep detail about such things. More of his works are available on amazon.com.

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