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.
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.
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.
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