Latest Audio Discussions

Spiritual Senses

The latest Science Set Free podcast, with Mark Vernon and Rupert, discussing the idea of spiritual senses. In what ways do people still experience the presence of God?

More Names of God

The third in a new series of dialogues on consciousness and spirituality between Rupert and Matthew Fox, an American theologian and Episcopalian priest.

Online and Phone

Participate in Rupert's
research on human
telepathy with your friends
by doing simple experiments
with mobile phones or online.

NEW Telephone Telepathy Test (UK only). Can you tell who's calling?

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Upcoming Workshop

Spiritual Practices and Scientific Intuition
With Marc Andrus, the Bishop of California, from Grace Cathedral, San Francisco.
September 5-7, Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California. View Details

More Appearances in California

Latest Interview

Scientific American Cross-Check, by John Horgan

Scientific Heretic Rupert Sheldrake on Morphic Fields, Psychic Dogs and Other Mysteries
For decades, I've been only dimly aware of Rupert Sheldrake as a renegade British biologist who argues that telepathy and other paranormal phenomena (sometimes lumped under the term psi) should be taken more seriously by the scientific establishment. Since I'm one of those fuddy-duddy establishment doubters of psi, I never bothered to examine Sheldrake's work closely. But I was intrigued, and amused, by the vehemence of his critics, notably John Maddox, the long-time editor of Nature, who once called Sheldrake's views "heresy" that deserved to be "condemned."

Latest Videos

Science Beyond the Superstitions of Materialism

A discussion between Deepak Chopra and Rupert Sheldrake.

Beyond the Machine: Metaphors of the Body

A discussion between Oxford neuroscientist Colin Blakemore, award-winning novelist Joanna Kavenna and Rupert Sheldrake, hosted by David Malone, with a surprise intervention by Daniel Dennett, and Rupert's response to him.

Science and Spiritual Practices: Schumacher College Lecture

In this lecture at Schumacher College, Rupert Sheldrake shows that post-materialist science opens up new ways of thinking about a variety of spiritual practices.

Latest Blog Post

Epigenetics and Soviet Biology

One of the biggest controversies in twentieth-century biology was about the inheritance of acquired characteristics, the ability of animals and plants to inherit adaptations acquired by their ancestors. For example, if a dog was terrified of butchers because he had been mistreated by one, his offspring would tend to inherit his fear. Charles Darwin wrote a letter to Nature describing just such a case. The opposing view, promoted by the science of genetics, asserted that organisms could not inherit features their ancestors had acquired; they only passed on genes that they themselves had inherited.

In Darwin's day, most people assumed that acquired characteristics could indeed be inherited. Jean-Baptiste Lamarck took this for granted in his theory of evolution published more than 50 years before Darwin's, and the inheritance of acquired characters is often referred to as "Lamarckian inheritance." Darwin shared Lamarck's assumption and cited many examples to support it in his book The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication (1875).

Upcoming Appearances

US Workshop: Spiritual Practices and Scientific Intuition

Co-presented with Marc Andrus, Bishop of California
September 5-7, Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California.
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UK Lecture: Extended Minds: Recent Experimental Evidence

September 8, Monday, Santa Barbara City College, CA, 7:30PM
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UK Evening Programme with Jill Purce: Liberating Minds and Voices

September 9, Tuesday, Ojai Foundation, Ojai, CA, 7:00PM
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Latest Scientific Paper

Telepathy in Connection with Telephone Calls, Text Messages and Emails

Journal of International Society of Life Information Science (2014), 32 No. 1, 7-15
by Rupert Sheldrake

Telepathy in connection with telephone calls is the commonest kind of apparent telepathy in the modern world. It usually occurs between people who have strong bonds or emotional connections with each other, such as parents and children, husbands and wives, and good friends. In experimental tests in which subjects had to identify who, out of four callers, was calling, the average scores were very significantly above the 25% hit rate expected by chance ...