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Earlier this year there was a bit of a clash of the titans in science. Professor Lewis Wolpert and Dr. Rupert Sheldrake took each other on over the reality of telepathy.

Wolpert puts forward an erudite, though rather standard, brush off of the phenomenon, and in reply Sheldrake presents a cursory and occasionally hilarious response. To listen to the debate click here. You’ll need Real Player. For those that prefer reading, a transcript can be found here.

Supplementary materials which aid listening to the debate include the dog that either did or did not know when his owner was coming home depending on who you talk to, and a parrot after Hugh Heffner’s heart.