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Dr. Rupert Sheldrake
the mind's epicenter is not found in the brain; therefore, consciousness is not extinguished, and continues on, when the physical body fails
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See an excellent interview of Dr. Sheldrake by Alex Tsakiris of skeptiko.com
Also see extensive discussion of Dr. Sheldrake's books on the "Evolution" page.
The following biographical information is taken from Dr. Sheldrake's official website:
Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist and author of more than 80 scientific papers and ten books. He was among the top 100 Global Thought Leaders for 2013, as ranked by the Duttweiler Institute, Zurich, Switzerland's leading think tank. He studied natural sciences at Cambridge University, where he was a Scholar of Clare College, took a double first class honours degree and was awarded the University Botany Prize (1963). He then studied philosophy and history of science at Harvard University, where he was a Frank Knox Fellow (1963-64), before returning to Cambridge, where he took a Ph.D. in biochemistry (1967). He was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge (1967-73), where he was Director of Studies in biochemistry and cell biology. As the Rosenheim Research Fellow of the Royal Society (1970-73), he carried out research on the development of plants and the ageing of cells in the Department of Biochemistry at Cambridge University. While at Cambridge, together with Philip Rubery, he discovered the mechanism of polar auxin transport, the process by which the plant hormone auxin is carried from the shoots towards the roots. (see more on Dr. Sheldrake's site)
Dr. Sheldrake’s professional record:
Double first class honours degree, Cambridge University, awarded the University Botany Prize
Studied philosophy and history of science at Harvard University, Frank Knox Fellow
Ph.D. in biochemistry, Cambridge University
Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge - Director of Studies in biochemistry and cell biology
Rosenheim Research Fellow of the Royal Society
With Philip Rubery, discovered the mechanism of polar auxin transport
Principal Plant Physiologist and Consultant Physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
Director of the Perrott-Warrick Project funded from Trinity College, Cambridge
Fellow of Schumacher College, in Dartington, Devon
Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences near San Francisco
Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute in Connecticut
80+ papers published in scientific journals, including Nature
Few writers or thinkers in the world tempt me toward superlatives. I make an exception in the case of Rupert Sheldrake. He is the quintessential British intellectual, a model and standard, in my opinion, of what a first-rate mind looks like: unprejudiced, thoughtful, always the gentleman even when attacked, witty, fearless to challenge dogmatism and vested interests, spiritually minded, and a scholar's scholar. I hope to someday emulate his best.
The work of Rupert Sheldrake cannot be reduced to a slogan or 1-minute sound-bite. His extensive research over decades is truly ground-breaking, paradigm-shattering, and threatens to upend conventional science. If you think I speak ill-advisedly here, I suggest you read Rupert's Science Set Free...
... wherein he exposes flaws in 10 major tenets of modern science - things we were taught in high school and college, but, in fact, are not true. Much of the error stems from a materialistic view of the universe and of reality itself.
And one of these slain "infallible doctrines" of science concerns the brain, which, it is commonly held, stores our memories and serves as the seat of consciousness. Dr. Sheldrake's research strongly suggests that this is not true.
This subject is far too vast, and, lest it be trivialized, far too important to address here. As primers, I would encourage you to view Dr. Sheldrake's lectures on Youtube [search for the keywords "morphic fields/resonance"]. You'll also want to survey his books exploring telepathy in both humans and animals.
Quotes from Rupert Sheldrake:
Contemporary science is based on the philosophy of materialism, which claims that all reality is material or physical.
I went through the standard scientific atheist phase when I was about 14. I bought into that package deal of science equals atheism.
I’m not confident memories are stored in brains. I think that brains are more like tuning devices, more like TV receivers than like video recorders. Now that’s really a scientific question, how is memory stored? We can do experiments to try and find out how memory works. It has religious implications because materialism says that memories are stored in brains. The brain decays at death, therefore, memories are wiped out at death. There’s no possibility of any kind of personal survival without memory.
an ancient Spirit-Guide offers concurring testimony that memory is not localized in the brain but in the mind, the soul:
“The memory does not reside [primarily] within the brain but within the mind… The memory, after leaving behind the physical shell [the brain], is considerably heightened and increased by comparison with that which is available to you while still in the flesh. The brain acts as a considerable handicap to memory, especially as the body ages.” The Abu Trust CDs, #39
In practice, the goal of skepticism is not the discovery of truth, but the exposure of other people's errors. It plays a useful role in science, religion, scholarship, and common sense. But we need to remember that it is a weapon serving belief or self-interest; we need to be skeptical of skeptics. The more militant the skeptic, the stronger the belief.
The facts of science are real enough, and so are the techniques that scientists use, and so are the technologies based on them. But the belief system that governs conventional scientific thinking is an act of faith.
Science at its best is an open-minded method of inquiry, not a belief system.
I have been a scientist for more than 40 years, having studied at Cambridge and Harvard. I researched and taught at Cambridge University, was a research fellow of the Royal Society, and have more than 80 publications in peer-reviewed journals. I am strongly pro-science.
Right now, any opinion anyone has about whether dogs can or cannot really tell when their owner is coming home by some unknown means... nobody knows. The weight of evidence suggests they can.
It’s almost as if science said, “Give me one free miracle, and from there the entire thing will proceed with a seamless, causal explanation.” The one free miracle was the sudden appearance of all the matter and energy in the universe, with all the laws that govern it.
I still say the 'Lord's Prayer' every day. It covers a lot of ground in our relation to the world.
The assumption that the laws of nature are eternal is a vestige of the Christian belief system that informed the early postulates of modern science in the seventeenth century. Perhaps the laws of nature have actually evolved along with nature itself, and perhaps they are still evolving. Or perhaps they are not laws at all, but more like habits.”
The morphic fields of mental activity are not confined to the insides of our heads. They extend far beyond our brain though intention and attention. We are already familiar with the idea of fields extending beyond the material objects in which they are rooted: for example magnetic fields extend beyond the surfaces of magnets; the earth's gravitational field extends far beyond the surface of the earth, keeping the moon in its orbit; and the fields of a cell phone stretch out far beyond the phone itself. Likewise the fields of our minds extend far beyond our brains.
Editor's last word:
Many are unaware of the propaganda-warfare of mainstream science employed against anyone who dares threaten its materialistic world-view.
Dr. Sheldrake has spoken of an ideal, that, "Science at its best is an open-minded method of inquiry, not a belief system." Sadly, we see little of this high-mindedness today.
Big Science, too often, has become very much like Big Religion, both systems propounding their infallible doctrines, sacred cows, and untouchable laws; both systems are more interested in defending turf and territory than exploring new vistas; both systems ostracizing, as heretics, ones who disagree; both systems disingenuously promoting dogmatism and status-quo while claiming to uphold the pursuit of knowledge and truth.
The quest for the truth must ever and always enjoy philosophical underpinning by "open-minded method of inquiry." To speak otherwise is to say "I know" - patent error, as one shuddering glance at the infinite abyss that is the starry night teaches us that... we do not know.