For this friendly debate, Rupert met up with Tanya Luhrmann, Professor of Anthropology at Stanford, along with neuroscientist and author Anil Seth, to look at the deep scientific and philosophical mystery of consciousness. The debate was chaired by David Malone, livestreamed from the University Aula in Bergen on December 2nd, 2023. The Holberg Debate is an annual event organized by the Holberg Prize.
Rupert and skeptic Michael Shermer engage in a spirited debate over the scope and limitations of scientific inquiry. While Shermer champions the scientific method as our best path to truth, Sheldrake argues for broadening the field to include phenomena often sidelined by mainstream science. Though both prioritize evidence, they diverge on what qualifies as strong enough to shake existing paradigms.
Rupert joins Robert Plomin, Anne Bowcock, Bret Weinstein, David Pearce, Güneş Taylor, Jacob Appel, Kári Stefánsson, Matt Ridley, and Natalie Kofler to discuss current trends in genetics. They unpack the intricate relationship between genetics and human traits, challenging deterministic views and exploring the ethical frontier of 'designer babies.' The panel questions the extent to which genetics can be manipulated to achieve societal equality, and scrutinizes the promises and pitfalls of genetic research.
00:38 DNA (Anne Bowcock)
04:46 Nature vs nurture (Robert Plomin, Matt Ridley)
13:44 CRISPR and gene editing (Natalie Kofler, Güneş Taylor, Bret Weinstein)
22:05 Eugenics (David Pearce, Kári Stefánsson, Jacob Appel)
28:36 Sequencing the genome (Rupert Sheldrake)
A debate at the 2016 "How The Light Gets In" Festival, at Hay-on-Wye, with Rupert Sheldrake, philosopher Massimo Pigliucci and CERN physicist Tara Shears, chaired by Philip Ball.
This surprise exchange between Daniel Dennett and Rupert Sheldrake at Hay on Wye came at the end of a longer discussion between Rupert, neuroscientist Colin Blakemore and novelist Joanna Kavenna on the machine as metaphor.
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Debate with Metaphysician John Heil and Philosopher Daniel Stoljar
Rupert debates the existence of matter with American metaphysician John Heil and Australian philosopher of mind Daniel Stoljar, 2015.
In this 1993 documentary on PBS, Journalist Wim Kayzer interviewed Oliver Sacks, Daniel C. Dennett, Stephen Jay Gould, Rupert Sheldrake, Freeman Dyson, and Stephen Toulmin individually before bringing them together for a roundtable discussion to consider a variety of broad questions. Watch an excerpt from the discussion as well as Rupert's interview.