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The Spirituality of Popular Science

Rupert Sheldrake and Mark Vernon discuss how the communication of science routinely exploits notions of wonder and beauty, and what this might tell us about how science opens onto wider dimensions of reality.

Psychic Pets

Rupert's talk to the Theosophical Society in London on December 3, 2014.

Memory, Morphic Resonance and the Collective Unconscious

Rupert's Lecture at the UK Council for Psychotherapy on Nov 26 2014.

Online and Phone
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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?

NEW: Results of the Online Staring Experiment, 2003-2014


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OpenSciences.org is a portal for scientific investigations beyond the dogmas dominating mainstream science, including selected videos, books, journals, links to researchers and organisations, and articles on open questions in science.

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

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."

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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: Post-Materialist Science: New Frontiers in Consciousness Studies

January 20, Tuesday, 2015, College of Psychic Studies, London, 7:00pm
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UK Short Course: Mind in Nature

January 29-31, 2015, Schumacher College, Devon
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UK Guest Appearance: Short Course with Iain McGilchrist

Finding meaning in a Machine-Led World
February 2, Monday, 2015, Schumacher College, Devon
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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

Abstract
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 ...