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The Science Delusion

Rupert Sheldrake at TEDxWhitechapel
The science delusion is the belief that science already understands the nature of reality, in principle. The fundamental questions are answered, leaving only the details to be filled in. The impressive achievements of science seemed to support this confident attitude. But recent research has revealed unexpected problems at the heart of physics, cosmology, biology, medicine and psychology. Dr Rupert Sheldrake shows how the sciences are being constricted by assumptions that have hardened into dogmas. Should science be a belief-system, or a realm of enquiry? Sheldrake argues that science would be better off without its dogmas: freer, more interesting and more fun.


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Asclepius's picture

Science’s Looming ‘Tipping Point’

Keep in mind that Sheldrake only had 19 minutes to present this talk, which is basically an overview of his recent book. Having followed Sheldrake's research and writings since the early 90's, everything he says here is supported by empirical evidence.

For those interested in the paradigm shift currently underway in astrophysics, read the following article:


Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery; none but ourselves can free our minds. - Bob Marley

Can we update the link?

And I can delete my duplicate post.


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interesting talk

i'd like to hear more..


The science is settled. End of discussion ;)



Has anyone noticed that he's got no shoes on?

That's an eccentric for you...and you can take that to the bank

AND he was standing on a

patch of sod.

He just got done walking on hot coals


Leges sine moribus vanae


Science sure did make many people mega rich off big pharma products.

Hope they helped many people too?

Is there a correlation?


Rupert Sheldrake's "morphic field theory" is the basis of...

Attractor Field Technique (Dr. Kurt Ebert, PhD)


You will find cures for virtually every disease, including AIDS and ALS, either published for free or available for a small fee.


She blinded me, with science!

I love that he mentioned Terence Mckenna. If Mckenna was around to do a Ted talk he'd be quite entertaining. Anyone interested in this subject should listen to his speeches which are easy to find online. There is one from '94 called "Eros Eschaton: What Science Forgot" which Sheldrake touches on here.

It is important to realize that there is no one right belief system. Some people may be able to entertain many different belief systems. Many people have a hard time accepting that people have different belief systems.

Science enjoys imagining it is the one right way like many other belief systems. As long as you can look past the Big Bang Theory (that the universe sprang up out of nothing, for no reason) then it appears very convincing.

Sheldrake and Mckenna are true scientists the way Dr. Paul is a true statesman.

Wounderful speech!

its posts like these that provide rational insight to this movement, oppose to the speculative.

Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are a part of the mystery that we are trying to solve. ~Max Planck

His name is Edward Snowden

What is Capitalism?

Summary of his 10 points of scientific dogma.

Says science has unproven dogmas. He comments on the asterisked ones.
1. universe is mechanical
2. matter is unconscious
3. The parameters/laws of nature are fixed*
4. total energy and mass is conserved.
5. (Biological) Nature is purposeless
6. (Parental) Inheritance is material
7. Memory is stored a physical trace.
8. Your mind is the activity of your brain*
9. Psychic phenomena are illusory
10. mechanistic medicine is the only kind that works.

Critiques the claim of fixed natural law.
-the big bang is a bad theory as it says something comes from nothing.
-Cites possible evidence universal constants are time varying.
-alternative: morphic resonance with collective memory creates appearance of natural law.

Consciousness is in your brain.
Alternative: Minds are extended beyond the brain and the mind projects out the image. This image interacts with the object (morphic resonance).

In terms of objectivity of

human reason, Ayn Rand had already answered that in her Objectivism philosophy. Kantian "things in themselves" and "pure reason" was debanked.

DMT opens the door between physical and spiritual....

consciousness. Although science today can't measure spirituality doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

We've entered the period of spiritual enlightenment according to the Mayans, 12/21/12. Maybe we'll find a way to make that connection and measure it.

It was only 150 years ago since we discovered every kind of wave (sound, gamma, etc.) that we take for granted today.

We don't know what we don't know as much as we think we do.

I was interested

until you brought up the Mayans. Their civilization is GONE; I'm not inclined to pay any attention to a ruined civilization whose remnants got curb-stomped by a few hundred Spaniards and their screaming native allies.

Also, here's an awkward fact: my calendar ends on December 31st, 2013. You know what happens after that? January 1st, 2014. I'm going to go out on a limb and say the Mayan one probably worked the same way.

I just don't understand people's obsession with a dead civilization that didn't predict ANYTHING.

Then you should keep your mind closed.....

Do all the planets align with the sun when your calendar ends every year?

Mayans aren't a dead society. Many still live today.

When the US falls as predicted and as we see before our eyes, should no one listen to those that discuss liberty, free-market capitalism and sound money because we are a dead society?

The Mayans never predicted the end of the earth. That prediction was made by "scholars" that misinterpreted their calendar and their beliefs. Mayans living today we're screaming that it was not so since the idea went mainstream.


Planetary alignments aren't

Planetary alignments aren't magic... neither is knowing when they'll happen.

Who claimed they are magical?

They are celestial events that time-periods are based. Interesting though that the Mayans knew what they did about planetary alignment without the technology we have today.

I for one could not look into the sky without a telescope and distinguish a star from a planet.

Also interesting that in an age of sticks and stones, they were able to carve a calendar into a stone that accurately predicted when the event would repeat.

Maybe you can explain it.

sticks and stones? have you

sticks and stones? have you seen their architecture?

The way you would distinguish a star from a planet is by tracking its movement night after night. Planets move differently in the sky than other objects because of their own orbits. Ancient peoples were much more familiar with the night sky than we are. Its the kind of thing every ancient civilization knew about.

"Ancient peoples were much more familiar with the night sky...

...than we are." Wonder what else they knew that we don't today? Yet, we write-it off because we believe we are so much more advanced.

it wasnt advanced knowledge.

it wasnt advanced knowledge. It was ancient knowledge. It's the only markers they had and they could see them better cause they didn't have street lights. and they worshiped them so they paid more attention.

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I enjoy Ted

How could anyone quite possibly put our entire world into a box and label it finished?

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect" - Mark Twain

I disagree that any of those are dogmas

This guy doesn't actually seem to understand science. His criticisms are fallacies. It's like he never heard of the uncertainty principle.

Garan's picture

Not sure that "uncertainty principle" applies here.

..or I might be missing your point.

From wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncertainty_principle):

"Thus, the uncertainty principle actually states a fundamental property of quantum systems, and is not a statement about the observational success of current technology."

I was mixing participles

Maybe thats the wrong usage of participles. I don't know... but i was mixing science and language.

At any rate, the dude is nuts.

Dogma checklist

1. true
2. true
3. very probably
4. very probably
5. true
6. true
7. true
8. true
9. very probably
10. true, if one includes placebo effect

Nice accent though. Suave.

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How do you know...

... these to be true? #2 for example?

Garan's picture

Of Course #2 is True.

Just read the list. #2. True. ;)

#2 seems to conflict with #8

#2 seems to conflict with #8

Total anesthesia

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