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The Sound of Silence

Practises of silence are integral to religious and wisdom traditions, so why are they so important? What is silence anyway, and does any science back up the intuitions and experiences? Rupert Sheldrake and Mark Vernon pursue the transformative potential of silence in this Science Set Free podcast.


Rupert Sheldrake and Mark Vernon discuss whether atheism is a phase that many people go through, one widely recognised within spiritual traditions, a transition period in which ideas about God are discarded so that a deeper perception of the divine emerge.

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NEW Telephone Listening Test
Can you tell when you are being listened to?

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Skeptical About Skeptics is dedicated to countering dogmatic, ill-informed attacks leveled by self-styled skeptics on pioneering scientific research, researchers, and their subjects.

Beginning May 1 and continuing through July, will host an in-depth dialogue on the nature of science between Rupert and renowned skeptic Michael Shermer. The three themes covered:

MAY: Materialism in Science, Opening Statements >> Responses to opening statements
JUNE: Mental Action at a Distance
JULY: God and Science

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The Habits of Nature

This 30 min talk from the How The Light Gets In festival, 2014, is one of the best non-technical summaries of the idea that nature forms habits rather than laws, evolving overtime through morphic resonance.

Science... Fiction? a Debate at the How The Light Gets In Festival at Hay-on-Wye

In June, 2014, Rupert took part in a debate with pharmacologist David Nutt, Chair of the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs, and philosopher of physics James Ladyman.

Bridgebuilder Award Acceptance Speech

On September 16, Rupert received the Doshi Bridgebuilder Award at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. The award is given annually "to honor an individual or organization dedicated to fostering understanding between cultures, peoples and disciplines."

Interview With Joe Rogan

Sep 17, 2014: Rupert had a remarkable conversation with Joe Rogan, the host of an immensely popular podcast. Their discussion was far-ranging, covering wolves, morphic resonance, epigenetics, Christianity, atheism, psychedelics, telepathy and intuition.

Science Beyond the Superstitions of Materialism

A discussion between Deepak Chopra and Rupert Sheldrake.

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.

Upcoming Appearances

UK Lecture: Expanding Scientific Assumptions about Consciousness

May 23, Saturday, London W14
The Scientific and Medical Network Conference on the Frontiers of Consciousness
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UK The 2015 Vegetable Sermon: On Flowers

May 27, Wednesday, 7.30 pm. St Leonard's Church, Shoreditch, London E1 6JN
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Wales Dialogue with John Ellis and Nancy Cartwright: Unnatural Laws

May 30, Saturday, Hay-on-Wye, Wales
How The Light Gets In Festival of Philosophy and Music
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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 ...