TEDx Talk: Rupert Sheldrake on 'The Science Delusion'

Update: TED have pulled Rupert Sheldrake's talk for being 'unscientific'. You can read more details about the this controversy here on TDG.

Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D. is a biologist and author of more than 80 scientific papers and 10 books, including The Science Delusion (Science Set Free in the US). Here he is talking about 'The Science Delusion' at a TEDx event held recently at Whitechapel:

The science delusion is the belief that science already understands the nature of reality, in principle. The fundamental questions are answered, leaving only the details to be filled in. The impressive achievements of science seemed to support this confident attitude. But recent research has revealed unexpected problems at the heart of physics, cosmology, biology, medicine and psychology. Dr Rupert Sheldrake shows how the sciences are being constricted by assumptions that have hardened into dogmas. Should science be a belief-system, or a realm of enquiry? Sheldrake argues that science would be better off without its dogmas: freer, more interesting and more fun.

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Read "A Glorious Accident," wherein Sheldrake does the typical fringe science whine about fantastic phenomena that science ignores...the usual guff an interviewer usual can't refute on the fly. But in the later roundtable with actual scientists who are familiar with the science research Sheldrake pretends doesn't exist, he gets ripped to shreds.

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terry the censor wrote:

Read "A Glorious Accident," wherein Sheldrake does the typical fringe science whine about fantastic phenomena that science ignores...the usual guff an interviewer usual can't refute on the fly. But in the later roundtable with actual scientists who are familiar with the science research Sheldrake pretends doesn't exist, he gets ripped to shreds.

No need to read, you can watch the actual video of the roundtable:

See video

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what a beautiful meeting of worldviews :3

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Curious, I think, how people can listen to the same discussion and yet perceive it very differently.

The 'Glorious Argument' discussion I'd not seen before, so I was intrigued to see Sheldrake 'torn to shreads'. However, I simply saw a number of people often either failing to grasp his points or refusing to engage with his arguments.

Strange also that the programme is of a date that I would consider recent, and yet a number of the illustrious panel are now dead and Sheldrake looks like his 'mini-me'*.

*[I hate using those sort of references, but it just seemed to fit so well.]

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jackinthegreen wrote:

Curious, I think, how people can listen to the same discussion and yet perceive it very differently.

Which is pretty much the topic of this:

http://www.dailygrail.com/Reviews/2013/2...

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Greg
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jackinthegreen wrote:

Curious, I think, how people can listen to the same discussion and yet perceive it very differently.

that's one of the things i so adore aboot people, the fascinating, maddening lot we all are :3

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