The Science Delusion, the banned TedTalk
By Mike Searle, Animal X
Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist and author of more than 80 scientific papers and ten books. He was among the top 100 Global Thought Leaders for 2013, as ranked by the Duttweiler Institute, Zurich, Switzerland’s leading think tank. He studied natural sciences at Cambridge University, where he was a Scholar of Clare College, took a double first class honours degree and was awarded the University Botany Prize (1963).
He has appeared in a number of Animal X epsiodes. See below.
Richard Sheldrake TedTalk
On January 12th, 2013, Rupert gave a talk entitled The Science Delusion at TEDxWhitechapel. The theme for the night was Visions for Transition: Challenging existing paradigms and redefining values (for a more beautiful world). In response to protests from two militant materialist bloggers in the US, the talk was later taken down by TED and placed in a special corner of their website. Before it was removed from their main website it had had about 35,000 views. Since it was “banned” it has been seen by at least half a million people.
Dr. Sheldrake says science claims to already know the nature of reality in principle and we just have to fill in the blanks. This is a very wide spread belief system that says ‘I don’t believe in God I believe in science”.
But there’s a conflict in science as a method of inquiry based on reason, evidence, examination and investigation; and science as a belief system and a world view. This world view, he says has come to restrict and inhibit the very essence of science, which is the life blood of scientific investigation.
Since the late 19th century science has been investigated under the world belief system of ‘philosophical materialism’.
Sheldrake says that the sciences are now wholly owned subsidiaries of the materialist world view.
He says there are 10 dogma’s in science that holds the official ‘default worldview’ together. These are embraced by the vast majority of scientists, world governments, National Health Service, Medical Councils et el. But are they solid and unchanging as science would have us believe?
Rupert Sheldrake, author and biologist says these 10 dogmas of science need to be challenged. He says they are not consistent and should be challenged if science isn’t to stagnate. default view of most educated
The ten dogmas are:
- We live in a machine world. That the universe is a machine animals are machine, we are machines. Lumbering robots as Richard Dawkins puts it. That our brains are genetically programmed computers.
- All matter is unconcious. The universe is made up of unconscious matter. No consciousness in stars, planets, animals, plants, or even us!
- The laws of nature and the constants of nature are fixed. The same now as they were in the beginning (the Big Bang)
- The total amount of mater and energy is the same today as it was in the beginning
- There is no purpose in nature. Nature is purposeless. Evolution has no purpose or direction.
- Bio hereditary is material. Everything you are is in your genes.
- Memories are stored in your brain as material traces, modified nerve endings, chemicals and electrical impulses
- Your mind is restricted is inside your head. All your consciousness is the activity of your brain. Again chemicals squirting around.
- Psychic phenomenon is impossible. Telepathy is impossible. Paranormal activity is impossible. it’s all an illusion.
- Mechanistic medicine is all there is. No value or import in alternative forms of medicine.
He’s his TedTalk by the way was eventually banned by TedTalk.
Here is Rupert Sheldrake talking about Psychic Pets in Animal X. It’s the third story in the episode.
And here about animal psychic abilities in general in Animal Heroes