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
Sheldrake makes the convincing argument our current methods of scientific inquiry are shackled by dogma and tradition.
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.
No surprises for me.
Listen with an open mind.
Rupert Sheldrake of course.
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!
Love Rupert Sheldrakes approach.
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.
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.
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.
It's his own voice.
Even if he's wrong about half of the hypotheses in this book, even if he's right about only one single hypothesis out of the ten, he ought to change the frontiers of science.
Science in its most stagnant ages has always been advanced by those who the mainstream of science looks down upon. The current scientific machine is a hydra, one head dogma, the other head a pauper begging for money from the government like sniveling drooling children.
Regardless of the effectiveness of any results, new methods that don't fit within current paradigms are rejected out of hand, even in spite of positive results.
At least half of the scientifically reliable effects for positive change in my life have come from my religion, beliefs, or "non scientific" treatments and supplemented with modern medicine only later. For example, my solutions to depression and anxiety were found largely within the former and symptoms treated with modern medicine later.
If the brain is the seat of consciousness, this makes no sense. But if the brain is an antennae and resonates in the same frequencies as my bloodline (which shares a strong defeatist mentality) then it makes perfect sense. I have to be the one to make new frequencies for my family and not resonate on the same defeatist ones as those who've come before me. Modern medicine has been essential in helping me with this, but it can only help. Ultimately I have to take action to resolve these things, not because something is inherently wrong with my brain, maybe just because my brain is so good at picking up negative resonances.
The bottom line is this: no scientist or amateur should be barred from attempting to do honest science experiments testing ANY question using the scientific method. The only role of a scientific "priesthood" to weed out false results is on an individual and competitive case by case basis, not as a monopolistic bureaucracy with preset dogmas that preclude cases in bulk without doing any examination.
Rupert Sheldrake is exploring new frontiers and providing some of the most logical hypotheses to scientific questions which have baffled the modern man for decades.
While Rupert presents a well thought and researched argument, and I do agree with him it's amazing to what levels we've all been programmed by the prevailing paradigm and simply don't ask as it controls...
This is a brilliant introduction to the history of our 'dominant' Western science and possible probable futures as we enter new ages and the old wick is burnt low we need new visions of science to be implemented.
Well done Mr. Sheldrake
Alan Furst. Mission to Paris.
Without the narration I would have to learn to read a book and drive at the same time.
Not applicable. This is a popular (alternative to) science book.
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.
Someone who believes in Intelligent Design perhaps.
It is someone's viewpoint.
No--just a waste of my time.
Science Set Free is a great title. Audible's software to play it is a joke.
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