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Science Set Free: 10 Paths to New Discovery | [Rupert Sheldrake]

Science Set Free: 10 Paths to New Discovery

Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, one of the world's most innovative scientists, here 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; and God exists only as an idea in human minds.
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The best-selling 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, 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 10 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.

©2012 Rupert Sheldrake (P)2012 Random House Audio

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    Lander Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States 12-13-12
    Lander Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States 12-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting, convincing, very dry."
    If you could sum up Science Set Free in three words, what would they be?

    Sheldrake makes the convincing argument our current methods of scientific inquiry are shackled by dogma and tradition.


    Would you recommend Science Set Free to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes.


    How could the performance have been better?

    While a brilliant scientist and one of the great thinkers of our time, the author has a rather dull monotone voice making it difficult to stay with.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No surprises for me.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen with an open mind.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Louisville, KY, United States 12-15-12
    Steve Louisville, KY, United States 12-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Dear Science: Put up or shut up."

    Sheldrake lays out the strongest and most logical confrontation of assumed science dogma to date. He doesn't claim to have ALL answers, but he clearly identifies many huge holes in the hyper-materialist perspectives, then proposes alternate possibilities, which are unified by an overarching theory. This book is complex, rich in detail, and historically expansive and instructive. Throughout, the histories and the threads of current scientific thought are laid out, giving the reader/listener an exceptionally lucid understanding of current debates and perspectives.

    One caveat: If you have made up your mind (as one reviewer clearly has), this book will infuriate you. Fair warning: This book is for strong, open minds only.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    John San Francisco, CA, United States 09-08-13
    John San Francisco, CA, United States 09-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Researcher, don't need the cheesy accents"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes,
    great ideas


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rupert Sheldrake of course.


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    There is a second narrator that makes the historical quotes with a series of cheesy accents. Audio books seem to be plagued with these. Less is more when it comes to narration!


    Any additional comments?

    Love Rupert Sheldrakes approach.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Diana 01-27-14
    Diana 01-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting history to present state of Science"

    This is a long audio book! But Rupert Sheldrake has a lot of territory to cover since he explains the history of science, the prominent scientists and their theories and discoveries, the changes over time, and shows the present state of science.

    As a lay person with a general education, not focused on science, I realized there was a lot left out in my education as I listened to a lot of new information that I wish I had learned in school. I also found that Rupert Sheldrake made previously boring science interesting and relevant. More teachers should teach like he does.

    With regard to the narration. There have been some audio books where I wondered who was talking - the author? was this a quote? In this book, especially in the first half of the audio book where there is a lot of history and various early scientists are being quoted, there is a lot of over-the-top acting by the narrators doing *voices* for various scientists. I guess these are supposed to be accents for people in old England, or France, or Italy, or early colonial? America. Because Rupert Sheldrake's own voice is quiet, dry, and calm, the accents come across as jarring. However, I never had to wonder *who* was talking. It was pretty clear that Rupert Sheldrake was quoting someone. I do think the narrator(s) doing the quotations could have been just as effective without going over-the-top.

    In the second half, Rupert Sheldrake reads some of the quotes himself, so the quotation *voices* are less, plus now that he has established the history of science, and laid out the foundation for the present state of science, he doesn't have to do so much quoting.

    The second half was much more interesting. Rupert Sheldrake makes brilliant observations and points. Science is controlled and restricted by money, and by the human beings - scientists who limit the boundaries and usefulness of scientific research by where the funding is given. Amazingly, a lot of the restrictions of where science is now is simply by the refusal of many scientists to examine certain topics.

    They won't even look! Rupert Sheldrake lays it all out.



    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Yael 10-21-14
    Yael 10-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Institution of Science under it's own's microscope"
    Where does Science Set Free rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    There is more than dissent from the Royal Academy of Sciences here, there is growth to a broader perspective of how we must conduct science removing special interests.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    It's his own voice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    GREGORY 09-10-12
    GREGORY 09-10-12

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    "Google "Morphic Resonance" Before Buying This Book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Alan Furst. Mission to Paris.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Without the narration I would have to learn to read a book and drive at the same time.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Science Set Free?

    Not applicable. This is a popular (alternative to) science book.


    Any additional comments?

    Google author's name and the term "morphic resonance" and if it doesn't sound like a bunch of nonsense then maybe this book is for you. The book is certainly well written but that doesn't make the nonsense it proposes any less of a nonsense, in my opinion. It's well narrated as well. Maybe the foreign accents when quoting non-native English speakers are corny.I didn't make it through the whole book. The title of the book refers to freeing science from the constraints of reality and let it roam free in the realm of metaphysics. The author suggests that issues such as possibility of making a perpetuum mobile deserves a second look. As a matter of fact he suggests that the first law of thermodynamics, the law of preservation of energy might have been a result of peer pressure and hierarchy in the scientific community. He also believes that there really are people who don't eat, drink, pee, or poop for decades. That they live on the energy of life which science has not discovered yet or possibly that living organisms can tap into the energy of quantum vacuum. If these things are your things then enjoy the book but if you have a skeptical bone in your body this book will make you cringe and shout obscenities.

    22 of 45 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Colorado Springs, CO, United States 07-31-13
    Bruce Colorado Springs, CO, United States 07-31-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not Really About Science"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who believes in Intelligent Design perhaps.


    Has Science Set Free turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It is someone's viewpoint.


    Any additional comments?

    No--just a waste of my time.

    3 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Karsten VERMILLION, SD, United States 05-21-13
    Karsten VERMILLION, SD, United States 05-21-13
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    "Audible stinks"
    Where does Science Set Free rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Science Set Free is a great title. Audible's software to play it is a joke.


    1 of 12 people found this review helpful
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