Tuesday, July 23, 2013

10 Dogmas of Scientism according to biologist and consciousness researcher Rupert Sheldrake

Biologist Rupert Sheldrake is best known for his theory of morphic fields and morphic resonance and psi research involving the feeling of being starred at, parrot and telephone telepathy, dogs that know when their owners are coming home, and more. He is the author of a number of scientific papers and books, including his latest, Science Set Free (US Edition; In the UK: The Science Delusion: Freeing the Spirit of Enquiry, which was recognized by the Scientific & Medical Network with its book of the year award).  

In this book, Sheldrake offers his take on the underlying dogmatic assumptions that frame the contemporary, predominant paradigm for reality.  We have addressed some of these in previous blog entries, including the apriori assumptions that all life is mechanistic and that consciousness is a product of the brain.  Many of these assumptions are so engrained that to question them is often seen as unscientific, though science as a method of inquiry does not necessitate these dogmas, which should themselves be subject to examination and to testing. The book was the subject of a partially-censored TED talk, a polemic we covered in the blog last month as we explore different facets of scientism versus open scientific exploration.

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