Explore comparisons with Ben Goertzel's Morphic Pilot Wave theory, David Bohm's Implicate order, and Bernardo Kastrup's Analytic Idealism. Hear Professor Richard Tarnas, Graham Hancock, Ken Wilber and others reflect on Rupert as a person and a scientist. Read Phillip Stevens' masters thesis, a sort of grade-card on how reactionary the scientific community has been to his ideas. This collection of essays and constructive reflections by scientists, philosophers, journalists and authors paint a more balanced and open-minded picture of Rupert than certain skeptics, magicians, dogmatic materialists, and theoretically neutral websites like Wikipedia would have you believe.

Guy Hayward, Paradigm Explorer 2022/2: A Generous Lightness of Being

Rupert's post-doctoral assistant, Guy writes with depth and heart about meeting and working with Rupert.

Alex Gomez‐Marin, BioEssays 2021: Sheldrake's “Heretical” Hypothesis Turns 40



A Generous Lightness of Being

"He has so much fun doing good in the world. It never seems a slog for him"
- Dr Guy Hayward

"Despite the triumphant rhetoric of mechanistic materialism, current biology has no shortage of unsolved fundamental problems. In 1981, seeking a way forward, Rupert Sheldrake proposed the hypothesis of 'formative causation' as a unifying organizing principle of life."

Physicist David Bohm and Rupert Sheldrake (PDF)

A dialogue from A New Science of Life, Appendix B, in which Rupert and David Bohm compair and contrast morphic resonance and the implicate order hypothesis.

AI Researcher Ben Goertzel's Morphic Pilot Wave Theory

Ben writes on the similarity of morphic resonance and related theories from Lee Smolin, Charles Peirce and his own morphic pilot wave.

Bernardo Kastrup's Philosophy Related to Morphic Fields

On his website, Bernardo Kastrup's Metaphysical Speculations, the idealist philosopher and author recasts Rupert's hypothesis of morphic fields in light of his own philosophical idealism, wherein all of reality resides within the mind, and consciousness is all there is (March, 2012).

Professor Richard Tarnas: In Appreciation of an Open-Minded Scientist

In this ten minute introduction Richard Tarnas, Professor of Philosophy at California Institute of Integral Studies, and author of The Passion of the Western Mind outlines Sheldrake's qualities as an open-minded scientist.

Rupert in top 100 Global Thought Leaders for 2013 (PDF)

The Duttweiler Institute in Zurich, Switzerland's leading think tank, has measured the influence of the world's most important thinkers, placing Rupert at 68th.

Graham Hancock

A warm introduction to Rupert by author and journalist Graham Hancock at the SYNCHRONICITY: Matter & Psyche Symposium, 2015.

Physicist Hans-Peter Duerr: Sheldrake's Ideas From The Perspective of Modern Physics

An essay published in Frontier Perspectives (Vol 16 No 1, 2007), an English translation of the essay which first appeared in the book Rupert Sheldrake In Der Diskussion which presents a diversity of opinions about Sheldrake's hypothesis.

Phillip Stevens: Sheldrake and the Wider Scientific Community, a Masters Dissertation

In his Masters dissertation Phillip Stevens examined whether scientists have treated Rupert fairly or not, given the precepts of the scientific community itself, and concludes that they have not. Stevens was interviewed about his dissertation on Skeptiko.

Ken Wilber: Sheldrake's Theory of Morphogenesis

"I find his hypothesis to be one of the most innovative, careful, and refreshing scientific presentations of the last decade"
Ken Wilber

A Critique of Modern Scientific Dogmatism in the West (PDF in Chinese)

By Prof Dehong Sun, Social Sciences Abroad 5, 2012

Ted Dace: The Anti-Sheldrake Phenomenon

An Essay from February 2010.

Matthew Cromer on Skeptiko: Skepticism and (Dis)confirmation Bias

Confirmation bias distorts thinking and causes people to slant all facts towards their preferred theory and away from opposing points of view. Matthew Cromer's June 4, 2007 post on — Science is a Method not a Position, Tracking experiments and observations that shine light on the blind spots of reductionistic materialism — a blog of outstanding interest.

Dr George N Malek: Sheldrake's Morphic Resonance

A Spiritual Paradigm Shift For Healing And Wholeness: Biology Revisited, May 2006.

Dr Chris Brauer: Comments on Rupert's Whitehead Lecture

From Chris Brauer's blog, 14th January 2006.

Dr Peter Fenwick Talks Dogma in Science

"Challenging Dogmas in Science" Hosted by David Lorimer, from The Scientific and Medical Network

Paul Rich and David Merchant: The Search for Morphic Resonances PDF Download

An article from Contemporary Philosophy, 2000.

Frank Visser: Sheldrake and the Evo-Devo Revolution A Comparative Evaluation

Morphogenetic Fields: Rupert's Reply to Frank Visser

Brad Lemley in Discover

"Heresy", Discover magazine, August 2000.

Book Reviews

Deepak Chopra, San Francisco Chronicle

"Science Set Free - Good News for Lumbering Robots"

Colin Tudge, The Independent

"The Science Delusion: Freeing the Spirit of Enquiry"

Ashok Gangadean, Haverford College Department of Philosophy (DOC)

"The Evolutionary Significance of Rupert Sheldrake's Science Set Free / The Science Delusion" by Ashok Gangadean, Margaret Gest Professor of Global Philosophy at Haverford College, Founder/Director of the Global Dialogue Institute.

Robert McLuhan: A Powerful Challenge to the Materialist Worldview

James Le Fanu, The Spectator

"More big questions", The Spectator, 14 January 2012.

Mary Midgley, The Guardian

"We must find a new way of understanding human beings", The Guardian, Friday 27 January, 2012

Jason Goodwin, Country Life (PDF)

In "Searching for truths" Jason Goodwin applauds a book that avoids the usual dogma and reminds us of the excitement of scientific inquiry.

Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times

"Rupert Sheldrake's Alternative Science", Sunday Times, 19 February 2012.

Frank Armstrong, London Magazine (PDF)

John Poynton, Journal of the Society for Psychical Research Vol. 76.2, No. 907 (PDF)

"The Science Delusion: Freeing The Spirit of Enquiry"