Freeing the Spirit of EnquiryThe science delusion is the belief that science already understands the nature of reality. The fundamental questions are answered, leaving only the details to be filled in. In this book (published in the US as Science Set Free), Dr Rupert Sheldrake, one of the world's most innovative scientists, shows that science is ...
Freeing the Spirit of EnquiryThe science delusion is the belief that science already understands the nature of reality. The fundamental questions are answered, leaving only the details to be filled in. In this book (published in the US as Science Set Free), Dr Rupert Sheldrake, one of the world's most innovative scientists, shows that science is being constricted by assumptions that have hardened into dogmas. The 'scientific worldview' has become a belief system. All reality is material or physical. The world is a machine, made up of dead 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. Sheldrake examines these dogmas scientifically, and shows persuasively that science would be better off without them: freer, more interesting, and more fun. In The God Delusion Richard Dawkins used science to bash God, but here Rupert Sheldrake shows that Dawkins' understanding of what science can do is old-fashioned and itself a delusion. 'Rupert Sheldrake does science, humanity and the world at large a considerable favour.' The Independent 'Certainly we need to accept the limitations of much current dogma and keep our minds open as we reasonably can. Sheldrake may help us do so through this well-written, challenging and always interesting book.' Financial Times
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This book was published as Science Set Free in the United States, but, succeeding Dawkins, The Science Delusion, in Great Britain.
Sheldrake has done an excellent job of compiling and explaining the numerous anomalies that permeate the 17-19th Century Reductionist Newtonian Materialist paradigm that continues to control science and medicine in the Western World, and increasingly so in the Eastern World (although fortunately, Traditional Chinese Medicine, like acupuncture, and Ayurvedic Medicine, like Marma Therapy, remain well-established simply because they work so well).
Following Thomas Kuhn's advice (The Structure of Scientific Revolutions), he shows how alternative paradigms eliminate or better explain most, if not all of these anomalies.
He suggests that instead of retaining Dogmas and Taboos, science would be far more effective and could advance at a considerably greater rate if the 10 Dogmas he identifies and their associated Taboos, were to treated as questions rather than unquestioned beliefs.
A very well written, very clear, and highly empirical (rather than BELIEF-based) treatment of several vital issues relating to understanding and working with the world/universe in which we exist, yet function so poorly in today (due largely to reductionist, materialist thinking).
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