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.
Rupert's post-doctoral assistant, Guy writes with depth and heart about meeting and working with Rupert.
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."
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.
Ben writes on the similarity of morphic resonance and related theories from Lee Smolin, Charles Peirce and his own morphic pilot wave.
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).
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.
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.
A warm introduction to Rupert by author and journalist Graham Hancock at the SYNCHRONICITY: Matter & Psyche Symposium, 2015.
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.
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.
"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
An Essay from February 2010.
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.
A Spiritual Paradigm Shift For Healing And Wholeness: Biology Revisited, May 2006.
From Chris Brauer's blog, 14th January 2006.
"Challenging Dogmas in Science" Hosted by David Lorimer, from The Scientific and Medical Network
An article from Contemporary Philosophy, 2000.
"Heresy", Discover magazine, August 2000.
"Science Set Free - Good News for Lumbering Robots"
"The Science Delusion: Freeing the Spirit of Enquiry"
"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.
"More big questions", The Spectator, 14 January 2012.
"We must find a new way of understanding human beings", The Guardian, Friday 27 January, 2012
In "Searching for truths" Jason Goodwin applauds a book that avoids the usual dogma and reminds us of the excitement of scientific inquiry.
"Rupert Sheldrake's Alternative Science", Sunday Times, 19 February 2012.
"The Science Delusion: Freeing The Spirit of Enquiry"