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Rediscovering God

Many people used to think that belief in God would disappear with the advance of science. But that has not happened, and some prominent atheists are now trying to reinvent religion. What is going on? Is the universe ultimately conscious or unconscious? And if consciousness pervades all nature, how does it work?

A talk by Rupert at Hollyhock on Cortes Island, Canada in August 2014.

Online and Phone
Experiments


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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Bridgebuilder Award


Watch Rupert's 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."

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

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.


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.

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

UK Lecture: Science and Spiritual Practices

September 25, Thursday, St George's Bloomsbury, London, 7:00pm
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UK Lecture: Morphic Resonance: Habits, Creativity and Evolution

September 27, Saturday, North Oxford Association, Oxford, 7:30pm
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UK Lecture and Book Signing: The Science Delusion

October 5, Sunday, Tara Yoga Centre, London, 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

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 ...