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Rupert and Charles Eisenstein talk about the foundations of science, both as an institution and as a path to knowledge. Like all the institutions of modernity, science faces a crisis that is increasingly recognized within science itself.

A dialogue with Erik Davis in his Expanding Mind series on Progressive Radio Network.

The Unconscious

In 1915, 100 years ago this month, Sigmund Freud published a paper in which he described what he had discovered in his psychoanalytic patients: that there is an aspect of the human psyche of which individuals are typically profoundly unaware, namely the unconscious.

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Telephone Telepathy Test
Can you tell who's calling? This test involves three participants, who can use either mobile phones or landlines. It's fun to do, takes less than 10 minutes.

Joint Attention Test
Can you tell when someone is looking at the same photo?

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Boy's Best Friend: a new young adult novel by Kate Banks and Rupert Sheldrake which chronicles the adventures of two school boys and the telepathy experiment they conducted with their pet dogs. is a portal for scientific investigations beyond the dogmas dominating mainstream science, including selected videos, books, journals and articles on open questions in science.

Skeptical About Skeptics is dedicated to countering dogmatic attacks from self-styled skeptics.

Latest Scientific Paper

Automated Tests for Telephone Telepathy Using Mobile Phones

Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing (2015), 11 No. 4, 310-319
by Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, Pamela Smart and Leonidas Avraamides

Objective: To carry out automated experiments on mobile phones to test for telepathy in connection with telephone calls.

Study Method: Subjects, aged from 10 to 83, registered online with the names and mobile telephone numbers of three or two senders. A computer selected a sender at random, and asked him to call the subject via the computer. The computer then asked the subject to guess the caller's name, and connected the caller and the subject after receiving the guess. A test consisted of six trials.

Interactions Evaluated: The effects of subjects' sex and age and the effects of time delays on guesses.

Main Outcome Measure: The proportion of correct guesses of the caller's name, compared with the 33.3% or 50% mean chance expectations.

MainResults: In 2080 trials with three callers there were 869 hits (41.8%), above the 33.3% chance level (P < 1 x 1015). The hit rate in incomplete tests was 43.8% (P=.00003) showing that optional stopping could not explain the positive results. In 745 trials with two callers, there were 411 hits (55.2%), above the 50% chance level (P=.003). Ananalysis of the data made it very unlikely that cheating could explain the positive results. These experiments showed that automated tests for telephone telepathy can be carried out using mobile phones.

Featured Trialogue — Ralph Abraham, Terence McKenna and Rupert Sheldrake

Time: Chapter 8 of The Evolutionary Mind, Hazelwood, Devon, England, June 1993

Changing the way we look at time. Orthodoxy's teachings about time. Apocalyptic intuitions from psychoactive plants. Complexity and novelty in the universe. Terence's attempts to construct a new temporal cosmology. Is the universe being pulled and shaped by a transcendental attractor? Is our planetary crisis really some kind of birth? Using dream, yoga and psychedelics to glimpse the transcendental attractor. Myths of time and their differing impact upon cultures. Life as a strategy for the conquest of dimensionality, including the conquest of time. Metamorphosis and boundary dissolution. Does Terence's vision concern the transformation of this planet or of the entire universe?

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Trialogue on Psychedelics and Mathematical Vision

Rupert, Terence McKenna and Ralph Abraham examine maths as a language of space-time pattern, the psychedelic vision of the logos be externalised through supercomputers, and more. Esalen Institute, 1992.

3 Videos from the recent How The Light Gets In Festival at Hay-on-Wye

Unnatural Laws - Are Eternal Laws an Illusion?

From Newton's laws to E=mc2, we think we have uncovered the secrets of the universe. But some claim these laws evolve and others point to their human and cultural origins. Might eternal natural laws be human hubris? Or is the mind of God in our grasp?

Cycles of Wonder

Can Science revive spirituality? The Science Delusion author Rupert Sheldrake explores a new paradigm of science and religion.

Making Humans

Dawkins’ Selfish Gene has defined how we think about evolution. But now the new science of epigenetics suggests culture and the environment can play a part. Is the age of the selfish gene over? Do we need a new story to replace the survival of the fittest, or is Darwin’s essential insight secure?

Latest Article

Darwinian Inheritance and the Evolution of Evolutionary Theory

Charles Darwin was a firm believer in the inheritance of acquired characteristics. In his book The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Darwin gave many examples of the hereditary transmission of adaptations. He also published an account in Nature about dogs with an inborn fear of butchers. Their father had a violent antipathy to butchers, probably as a result of being mistreated by one, and this fear was transmitted not only to his children but also to his grandchildren.

Darwin knew nothing of genes or random mutations, which only became part of biology in the twentieth century. He put forward his own theory of heredity in the The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, entitled ‘The Provisional Hypothesis of Pangenesis.’ In order to understand, for example, how a dog could inherit something a parent had learned, or how a plant’s descendants could inherit its adaptations to a new environment, Darwin proposed that cells all over the body threw off microscopic ‘gemmules’ which somehow entered the egg and sperm or pollen cells, transforming them to make these characteristics hereditary.

Upcoming Appearances

UK Challenging Orthodoxy: An Evening with Rupert Sheldrake

January 14, Thursday, Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester, 7.30 pm
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UK Lecture: Science and Spiritual Practices

February 4, Thursday, Psychosynthesis Trust, London SE1
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UK Seminars on Mind in Nature

February 17-19, Schumacher College, Dartington, Devon
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