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.
Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)
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.
I have always wounded why science that I love was so closed minded to so many events of life like the search for aliens, past civilizations, knowledge of the Ancients why are these things not treated serious by scientist . I never could understand why. This book has helped me understand why. I so love the author brilliant presentation and insight
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
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.
Enthusiastic learner of great ideas!
Thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook because I love Sheldrake's speaking style and the different voices of the actors portraying different scientific voices in the past and the present. Skepticism and materialism have poisoned and stifled creative scientific inquiry and have created a generation of narrow minded cynics with nothing to offer that is new.
This audiobook was both mind expanding and enlightening...and I hope future generations of researchers ponder the elegant questions that Sheldrake proposes.
So upon reading this I remained a skeptic - as it took me about a month to listen to this audio book, but I kept going onward.
My own personal disagreement with the author is when he comments on Israel and the Palestinians. It was biased, and a common view, that I know to be historically wrong.
However with that aside, his book was well done. It opened my eyes to the materialist views that had influenced me to a certain degree. I like his honesty in presenting this work, and I would like to meet him. The scientific community needs a more unbiased approach to research like this.
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