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RUPERTSHELDRAKE. Part I: Mmd, Memory, and Archetype. Morphic Resonance and the. Collective Unconscious. Rupert Sheldrake is a theoretical biologist. Also by Rupert Sheldrake The right of Rupert Sheldrake to be identified as the Author of the taufeedenzanid.cf PDF | On Feb 1, , Terry Hyland and others published The science The science delusion: freeing the spirit of enquiry, by Rupert Sheldrake, London.

Thanks Barleybannocks talk , 19 December UTC " What follows provides support for Sheldrake's hypothesis, and refutes counter-arguments: Victor Stenger attempts to attack David Bohm in "Quantum Gods", claiming to cite the book "Undivided Universe" in his attack p. In some sense, both photons keep in contact through space and time. Vlatko Vedral also challenges other aspects of Stenger's arguments though he does not mention Stenger - particularly, the allegation that quantum effects do not apply to macro systems - in the article "Living in a quantum world", where he says - "Although quantum effects may be harder to see in the macroworld, the reason has nothing to do with size per se but with the way that quantum systems interact with one another.

Until the past decade, experimentalists had not confirmed that quantum behavior persists on a macroscopic scale. Today, however, they routinely do.

These effects are more pervasive than anyone ever suspected. They may operate in the cells of our body. Pairs of subjects were allowed to interact and were then separated inside semisilent Faraday chambers Only one subject of each pair was stimulated by flashes. Control subjects showed no such transferred potentials. Single assays were negative, showing that the cell lines contained no spontaneous mutants, or that these were present in a number below detectable limits. To obtain such mutants, we designed experiments of mutant isolation by serial assays.

The cells were kept growing without selection and, at each passage, cell samples were withdrawn and assayed for resistance in separate cultures. As a result, we found no mutants at the beginning, then a few and, finally, a great number.

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This was in conflict with the postulate of random occurrence of mutants and, furthermore, with their spontaneousness. On the contrary, the results provided evidence that mutants occurred as an appropriate response to selection pressure. The most amazing feature was that this response could be detected in cells growing without selection and never exposed to selection pressure before.

If one tried to explain the adaptive response in terms of signals, the signals would have to travel from the exposed to the unexposed cultures. The results are instead discussed in terms of adaptive states and the nonseparability of cellular states due to quantum entanglement of cells, in particular daughter cells, distributed between the exposed and unexposed cultures.

Sheldrake suggests that such interspecies telepathy is a real phenomenon and that morphic fields are responsible for it. Sheldrake examined more than 1, case histories of dogs and cats that seemed to anticipate their owners' return by waiting at a door or window, sometimes for half an hour or more ahead of their return. He did a long series of experiments with a dog called Jaytee, in which the dog was filmed continuously during its owner's absence.

In filmed tests, on average the dog spent far more time at the window when its owner was on her way home than when she was not. Sheldrake interpreted the result as highly significant statistically.

Sheldrake performed 12 further tests, in which the dog's owner travelled home in a taxi or other unfamiliar vehicle at randomly selected times communicated to her by telephone, to rule out the possibility that the dog was reacting to familiar car sounds or routines. They concluded that their evidence did not support telepathy as an explanation for the dog's behaviour, [65] and proposed possible alternative explanations for Sheldrake's conclusions, involving artefacts, bias resulting from experimental design , and post hoc analysis of unpublished data.

Under this behaviour, the final measurement period, ending with the owner's return, would always contain the most time spent at the window. Blackmore interpreted the results of the randomised tests as starting with a period where the dog "settles down and does not bother to go to the window," and then showing that the longer the owner was away, the more the dog went to look.

Sheldrake reported subjects exhibiting a weak sense of being stared at, but no sense of not being stared at, [68] [69] and attributed the results to morphic resonance. This "delusion" is what Sheldrake argues has turned science into a series of dogmas grounded in philosophical materialism rather than an open-minded approach to investigating phenomena. He argues that there are many powerful taboos that circumscribe what scientists can legitimately direct their attention towards.

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Philosopher Mary Midgley writing in The Guardian welcomed it as "a new mind-body paradigm" to address "the unlucky fact that our current form of mechanistic materialism rests on muddled, outdated notions of matter. Most of the experimental evidence is contested, though Sheldrake argues there are 'statistically significant' results. New Scientist 's deputy editor Graham Lawton characterised Science Set Free as "woolly credulousness" and chided Sheldrake for "uncritically embracing all kinds of fringe ideas.

His work has also received popular coverage through newspapers, radio, television and speaking engagements. The attention he receives has raised concerns that it adversely affects the public understanding of science. Sheldrake and theoretical physicist David Bohm published a dialogue in in which they compared Sheldrake's ideas to Bohm's implicate order.

He and developmental biologist Lewis Wolpert have made a scientific wager about the importance of DNA in the developing organism. Wolpert bet Sheldrake "a case of fine port" that "By 1 May , given the genome of a fertilised egg of an animal or plant, we will be able to predict in at least one case all the details of the organism that develops from it, including any abnormalities.

In reality, Sheldrake's argument is in no sense a scientific argument but is an exercise in pseudo-science Many readers will be left with the impression that Sheldrake has succeeded in finding a place for magic within scientific discussion — and this, indeed, may have been a part of the objective of writing such a book. He said Sheldrake's proposals for testing his hypothesis were "time-consuming, inconclusive in the sense that it will always be possible to account for another morphogenetic field and impractical.

The publicists for Sheldrake's publishers were nevertheless delighted with the piece, using it to suggest that the Establishment Nature was again up to its old trick of suppressing uncomfortable truths. Although they were Methodists , Sheldrake's parents sent him to Worksop College , a Church of England boarding school.

I went through the standard scientific atheist phase when I was about I bought into that package deal of science equals atheism. I was the only boy at my high Anglican boarding school who refused to get confirmed. When I was a teenager, I was a bit like Dawkins is today, you know: At Clare College, Cambridge , Sheldrake studied biology and biochemistry, and after a year at Harvard studying philosophy and history of science, he returned to Cambridge where he gained a PhD in biochemistry for his work in plant development and plant hormones.

The system is circular. It does not explain how [differentiation is] established to start with. After nine years of intensive study, it became clear to me that biochemistry would not solve the problem of why things have the basic shape they do. The idea came to me in a moment of insight and was extremely exciting. It interested some of my colleagues at Clare College — philosophers, linguists, and classicists were quite open-minded.

But the idea of mysterious telepathy-type interconnections between organisms and of collective memories within species didn't go down too well with my colleagues in the science labs. Not that they were aggressively hostile; they just made fun of it. Since , [42] Sheldrake has been a visiting professor at the Graduate Institute in Bethany, Connecticut , [41] where he was also academic director of the Holistic Learning and Thinking Program until Sheldrake reported "being drawn back to a Christian path" during his time in India, and self-identifies as Anglican.

They have two sons, [41] the biologist Merlin Sheldrake [45] and the musician Cosmo Sheldrake. Reviews of Sheldrake's books have at times been extremely negative over their scientific content, but some have been positive. In , Adam Rutherford , geneticist and deputy editor of Nature , criticised Sheldrake's books for containing research that was not subjected to the peer-review process expected for science, and suggested that his books were best "ignored.

Sheldrake's A New Science of Life: The Hypothesis of Morphic Resonance proposed that through morphic resonance, various perceived phenomena, particularly biological ones, become more probable the more often they occur, and that biological growth and behaviour thus become guided into patterns laid down by previous similar events.

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He generalised this approach to assert that it explains many aspects of science, from evolution to the laws of nature which, in Sheldrake's formulation, are merely mutable habits that have been evolving and changing since the Big Bang. John Davy wrote in The Observer that the implications of A New Science of Life were "fascinating and far-reaching, and would turn upside down a lot of orthodox science," and that they would "merit attention if some of its predictions are supported by experiment.

The morphic resonance hypothesis is rejected by numerous critics on many grounds, and has been labelled pseudoscience and magical thinking. These grounds include the lack of evidence for it and its inconsistency with established scientific theories. The idea of morphic resonance is also seen as lacking scientific credibility because it is overly vague and unfalsifiable. Furthermore, Sheldrake's experimental methods have been criticised for being poorly designed and subject to experimenter bias.

His analyses of results have also drawn criticism. In The Presence of the Past: Morphic Resonance and the Habits of Nature , Sheldrake expanded on his morphic resonance hypothesis and marshalled experimental evidence which he said supported the hypothesis.

Today, attitudes have hardened and Sheldrake is seen as standing firmly on the wilder shores of science," adding that if New Scientist were to review the re-issue, the book's publisher "wouldn't be mining it for promotional purposes. David Jones , reviewing the book in The Times , criticised the hypothesis as magical thinking and pseudoscience, saying that morphic resonance "is so vast and formless that it could easily be made to explain anything, or to dodge round any opposing argument Sheldrake has sadly aligned himself with those fantasists who, from the depths of their armchairs, dream up whole new grandiose theories of space and time to revolutionize all science, drape their wooly generalizations over every phenomenon they can think of, and then start looking round for whatever scraps of evidence that seem to them to be in their favour.

Published in , Sheldrake's The Rebirth of Nature: The Greening of Science and God [55] addressed the subject of New Age consciousness and related topics.

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Even if it is nonsense Music critic of The Sunday Times Mark Edwards reviewed the book positively, arguing that Sheldrake "challenges the complacent certainty of scientists," and that his ideas "sounded ridiculous David Sharp, writing in The Lancet , said that the experiments testing paranormal phenomena carried the "risk of positive publication bias ," and that the scientific community "would have to think again if some of these suggestions were convincingly confirmed.

Science journalist Nigel Hawkes, writing in The Times , said that Sheldrake was "trying to bridge the gap between phenomenalism and science," and suggested that dogs could appear to have psychic abilities when they were actually relying on more conventional senses.

He concluded by saying, "whether scientists will be willing to take [Sheldrake] seriously is While I do not think this book will change the world, it will cause plenty of harmless fun. Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home , published in , covered his research into proposed telepathy between humans and animals, particularly dogs. Sheldrake suggests that such interspecies telepathy is a real phenomenon and that morphic fields are responsible for it.

The book is in three sections, on telepathy, on sense of direction, including animal migration and the homing of pigeons , and on animal precognition , including premonitions of earthquakes and tsunamis. Sheldrake examined more than 1, case histories of dogs and cats that seemed to anticipate their owners' return by waiting at a door or window, sometimes for half an hour or more ahead of their return.

He did a long series of experiments with a dog called Jaytee, in which the dog was filmed continuously during its owner's absence.

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In filmed tests, on average the dog spent far more time at the window when its owner was on her way home than when she was not. Sheldrake interpreted the result as highly significant statistically.

Sheldrake performed 12 further tests, in which the dog's owner travelled home in a taxi or other unfamiliar vehicle at randomly selected times communicated to her by telephone, to rule out the possibility that the dog was reacting to familiar car sounds or routines.

They concluded that their evidence did not support telepathy as an explanation for the dog's behaviour, [65] and proposed possible alternative explanations for Sheldrake's conclusions, involving artefacts, bias resulting from experimental design , and post hoc analysis of unpublished data. Under this behaviour, the final measurement period, ending with the owner's return, would always contain the most time spent at the window.

Reviewing the book, Susan Blackmore criticised Sheldrake for comparing the 12 tests of random duration — which were all less than an hour in duration — to the initial tests where the dog may have been responding to patterns in the owner's journeys. Blackmore interpreted the results of the randomised tests as starting with a period where the dog "settles down and does not bother to go to the window," and then showing that the longer the owner was away, the more the dog went to look. Sheldrake's The Sense of Being Stared At explores telepathy, precognition, and the " psychic staring effect.

Sheldrake reported subjects exhibiting a weak sense of being stared at, but no sense of not being stared at, [68] [69] and attributed the results to morphic resonance.

Several independent experimenters were unable to find evidence beyond statistical randomness that people could tell they were being stared at, with some saying that there were design flaws in Sheldrake's experiments, [27] [20] [72] such as using test sequences with "relatively few long runs and many alternations" instead of truly randomised patterns.

David Jay Brown , who conducted some of the experiments for Sheldrake, states that one of the subjects who was reported as having the highest hit rates was under the influence of the drug MDMA Ecstasy during the trials.

In the book Sheldrake proposes a number of questions as the theme of each chapter which seek to elaborate on his central premise that science is predicated on the belief that the nature of reality is fully understood, with only minor details needing to be filled in.

This "delusion" is what Sheldrake argues has turned science into a series of dogmas grounded in philosophical materialism rather than an open-minded approach to investigating phenomena. He argues that there are many powerful taboos that circumscribe what scientists can legitimately direct their attention towards. Sheldrake questions conservation of energy; he calls it a "standard scientific dogma," [78]: Reviews were mixed.

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Philosopher Mary Midgley writing in The Guardian welcomed it as "a new mind-body paradigm" to address "the unlucky fact that our current form of mechanistic materialism rests on muddled, outdated notions of matter. Bryan Appleyard writing in The Sunday Times commented that Sheldrake was "at his most incisive" when making a "broad critique of contemporary science" and " scientism ," but on Sheldrake's "own scientific theories" Appleyard noted that "morphic resonance is widely derided and narrowly supported.

Most of the experimental evidence is contested, though Sheldrake argues there are 'statistically significant' results. Other reviews were less favourable. New Scientist ' s deputy editor Graham Lawton characterised Science Set Free as "woolly credulousness" and chided Sheldrake for "uncritically embracing all kinds of fringe ideas. Adam Ford, reviewing the book for the Church Times , says that Sheldrake "takes issue with the new atheism of many scientists, which arises out of a mechanical and materialist view of the universe," arguing that "consciousness and the Spirit are the true fundamental realities of everything.

Sheldrake's ideas have been discussed in academic journals and books.

His work has also received popular coverage through newspapers, radio, television and speaking engagements. The attention he receives has raised concerns that it adversely affects the public understanding of science. Sheldrake and theoretical physicist David Bohm published a dialogue in in which they compared Sheldrake's ideas to Bohm's implicate order.

Following the publication of A New Science of Life , New Scientist sponsored a competition to devise empirical tests for morphic resonance. In , the Journal of Consciousness Studies devoted a special issue to Sheldrake's work on the sense of being stared at. Sheldrake denies that DNA contains a recipe for morphological development.

He and developmental biologist Lewis Wolpert have made a scientific wager about the importance of DNA in the developing organism. Wolpert bet Sheldrake "a case of fine port" that "By 1 May , given the genome of a fertilised egg of an animal or plant, we will be able to predict in at least one case all the details of the organism that develops from it, including any abnormalities.

Sheldrake's book is a splendid illustration of the widespread public misconception of what science is about. In reality, Sheldrake's argument is in no sense a scientific argument but is an exercise in pseudo-science Many readers will be left with the impression that Sheldrake has succeeded in finding a place for magic within scientific discussion — and this, indeed, may have been a part of the objective of writing such a book.

Maddox argued that Sheldrake's hypothesis was not testable or "falsifiable in Popper's sense," referring to the work of philosopher Karl Popper. He said Sheldrake's proposals for testing his hypothesis were "time-consuming, inconclusive in the sense that it will always be possible to account for another morphogenetic field and impractical.

In , an editorial in The Guardian compared the "petulance of wrath of the scientific establishment" aimed against Sheldrake with the Galileo affair and Lysenkoism.

In a letter to The Guardian in , a scientist from Glasgow University referred to the title "A book for burning? The publicists for Sheldrake's publishers were nevertheless delighted with the piece, using it to suggest that the Establishment Nature was again up to its old trick of suppressing uncomfortable truths. An editor for Nature said in that Maddox's reference to book burning backfired. In , Sheldrake described his experiences after publication of Maddox's editorial review as being "exactly like a papal excommunication.

From that moment on, I became a very dangerous person to know for scientists. In one of these, he wrote that the idea that "memories were stored in our brains" was "only a theory" and "despite decades of research, the phenomenon of memory remains mysterious.

Sheldrake responded to Rose's article, stating that there was experimental evidence that showed that "memories can survive the destruction of the putative memory traces. In his next column, Sheldrake again attacked Rose for following " materialism ," and argued that quantum physics had "overturned" materialism, and suggested that "memories may turn out to depend on morphic resonance rather than memory traces.

They [ who? Sheldrake published his paper stating that the results matched his prediction that day-old chicks would be influenced by the experiences of previous batches of day-old chicks. Sheldrake responded to Rose's paper by describing it as "polemic" and "aggressive tone and extravagant rhetoric" and concluding that "The results of this experiment do not disconfirm the hypothesis of formative causation, as Rose claims. They are consistent with it. Sheldrake was the subject of an episode of Heretics of Science , a six-part documentary series broadcast on BBC2 in The Hypothesis of Morphic Resonance.

Maddox said that morphic resonance "is not a scientific theory. Sheldrake is putting forward magic instead of science, and that can be condemned with exactly the language that the popes used to condemn Galileo, and for the same reasons: An experiment involving measuring the time for subjects to recognise hidden images, with morphic resonance being posited to aid in recognition, was conducted in by the BBC popular science programme Tomorrow's World.

In the outcome of the experiment, one set of data yielded positive results and another set yielded negative results. Sheldrake debated biologist Lewis Wolpert on the existence of telepathy in at the Royal Society of Arts in London. There are sound reasons for doubting Sheldrake's data.Junior de Arruda.

He concluded by saying, "whether scientists will be willing to take [Sheldrake] seriously is By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

As an undergraduate, Sheldrake explained that he began looking for alternatives to this mechanistic view. Esther Hicks and Jerry Hicks.

This is bad science". Other scientists, however, including the well- known physicists Paul Davies and John Gribbin. They concluded that their evidence did not support telepathy as an explanation for the dog's behaviour, [65] and proposed possible alternative explanations for Sheldrake's conclusions, involving artefacts, bias resulting from experimental design , and post hoc analysis of unpublished data. Trialogues at the Edge of the West: And Other Aspects of the Extended Mind.

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