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The bestselling author of "Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home" offers an intriguing new assessment of modern-day science that will radically change the way possibilities are viewed. Library Journal (04/15/2012): Biologist Sheldrake, author of the best-selling "Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home", aims to...
The bestselling author of "Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home" offers an intriguing new assessment of modern-day science that will radically change the way possibilities are viewed.
Library Journal (04/15/2012):
Biologist Sheldrake, author of the best-selling "Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home", aims to persuade fellow scientists that a strictly materialist worldview will eventually hold back their work. The lead title in Deepak Chopra's new imprint. Copyright 2012 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews (07/15/2012):
A proponent of New Age science offers a broad-ranging critique of modern science and presents an alternative approach. An opponent of what he deems to be the mechanistic materialism of current science, Institute of Noetic Sciences fellow Sheldrake (The Sense of Being Stared At, 2003, etc.) urges a return to vitalism, "the theory that living organisms are truly alive, and not explicable in terms of physics and chemistry alone." He claims that his discovery of what he calls the "morphic resonance," activity patterns that "resonate across time and space with subsequent patterns," offers "a range of new possibilities for research." Further, this morphic field holds the key to cures for migraine headaches, the prediction of earthquakes and tsunamis and the solution to many still-open questions in science--e.g., the existence of dark matter. According to his theory, morphic fields operate over time and space so that past events shape the present and resonate simultaneously throughout the universe. They embrace chemical events such as the crystallization of sugars and are responsible for telepathic abilities in animals and humans, as well as other paranormal events such as premonitions. Sheldrake suggests that living organisms inherit a "collective memory of the species, on which each individual draws," and he speculates about the possibility that organisms experience feelings and that animals are not only conscious, but are, to some degree, capable of free will. While there are many open questions remaining in science--from the existence of the Higgs boson to the existence of free will--these continue to fuel debate within the mainstream of science as well as on its fringes. Will appeal to like-minded readers but may be unconvincing to others. COPYRIGHT(2012) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
"Science is ready to evolve beyond materialism and dogma. Rupert Sheldrake is a pioneer who is paving the way for the future of the sciences."
--Deepak Chopra, M.D., author of "War of the Worldviews"
"This provocative and engaging book will make you question basic assumptions of Western science. I agree with Rupert Sheldrake that, among other problems, those assumptions hinder medical progress because they severely limit our understanding of health and illness. I will recommend "Science Set Free" to my colleagues, students, patients, and friends."
--Andrew Weil, M.D., author of "Spontaneous Happiness
"Rupert Sheldrake may be to the 21st century what Charles Darwin was to the 19th: someone who sent science spinning in wonderfully new and fertile directions. The only thing that is certain in science is that it will change. In SCIENCE SET FREE, Sheldrake gives us an inspiring picture of what these changes are likely to be."
--Larry Dossey, M.D. author of "Reinventing Medicine"
"Science is often portrayed as a paragon of intellectual freedom. It's a quaint idea, but it's not true. Some key concepts in science have hardened into unshakeable, unquestioned dogma." Science Set Free "exposes ten of the key dogmas of modern times. If even one is slightly off, then the scientific world is in for a shock, and the aftershocks will have huge impacts on technology, medicine, and religion. Rupert Sheldrake skillfully examines each dogma and argues, with evidence, that all ten dogmas are wrong. After reading this book I am persuaded that he's right. If you agree that science must be freed from the shackles of antiquated beliefs, then read this book. If you don't agree, then read it twice."
--Dean Radin, Ph.D., author of "The Conscious Universe"
"This is a terrific, engrossing book that throws open the shutters to reveal our world to be so much more intriguing and profound than could ever have been supposed."
--James Le Fanu, autho
DR. RUPERT SHELDRAKE is a biologist and author of more than 80 technical papers and ten books, including "A New Science of Life" and "Dogs That Know When Their Owners Come Home." He was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, where he was Director of Studies in cell biology, and also was a Research Fellow of the Royal Society. From 2005-2010, he was the Director of the Perrott-Warrick Project for research on unexplained human abilities, funded from Trinity College, Cambridge. He is currently a Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences in California, and a Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute in Connecticut. He is married, has two sons, and lives in London. His web site is www.sheldrake.org.
Originally published in hardcover in Great Britain as The Science Delusion by Coronet, an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton, a Hachette UK company, London" -- T.p. verso.
"In Science Set Free, Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, one of the world's most innovative scientists, shows the ways in which science is being constricted by assumptions that have hardened into dogmas that are not only limiting, but also dangerous for the future of humanity" -- Front jacket flap.
The bestselling author of "Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home" offers an intriguing new assessment of modern day science that will radically change the way we view what is possible.
In "Science Set Free" (originally published to acclaim in the UK as" The Science Delusion"), Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, one of the world's most innovative scientists, shows the ways in which science is being constricted by assumptions that have, over the years, hardened into dogmas. Such dogmas are not only limiting, but dangerous for the future of humanity.
According to these principles, all of reality is material or physical; the world is a machine, made up of inanimate matter; nature is purposeless; consciousness is nothing but the physical activity of the brain; free will is an illusion; God exists only as an idea in human minds, imprisoned within our skulls.
But should science be a belief-system, or a method of enquiry? Sheldrake shows that the materialist ideology is moribund; under its sway, increasingly expensive research is reaping diminishing returns while societies around the world are paying the price.
In the skeptical spirit of true science, Sheldrake turns the ten fundamental dogmas of materialism into exciting questions, and shows how all of them open up startling new possibilities for discovery.
"Science Set Free" will radically change your view of what is real and what is possible.
Library Journal 04/15/2012 pg. 60 (EAN 9780770436704, Hardcover)
Kirkus Reviews 07/15/2012 (EAN 9780770436704, Hardcover)
Contributor Bio: Sheldrake, Rupert
Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist, a former research fellow of the Royal Society at Cambridge, a current fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences near San Francisco, and an academic director and visiting professor at the Graduate Institute in Connecticut. He received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Cambridge University and was a fellow of Clare College, Cambridge University, where he carried out research on the development of plants and the ageing of cells. He is the author of more than eighty scientific papers and ten books, "including Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home"; "Morphic Resonance"; "The Presence of the Past"; "Chaos, Creativity, and Cosmic Consciousness"; "The Rebirth of Nature"; and "Seven Experiences That Could Change the World."