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Science Set Free: 10 Paths to New Discovery [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Rupert Sheldrake
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4. September 2012
The bestselling 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 (originally published to acclaim in the UK as The Science Delusion), 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 ten 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.


  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 400 Seiten
  • Verlag: Deepak Chopra (4. September 2012)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0770436706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0770436704
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 24,1 x 16,3 x 3,2 cm
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"Science is ready to evolve beyond materialism and dogma. Rupert Sheldrake is a pioneer who is paving the way for the future of the sciences."  
—Deepak Chopra, M.D., author of War of the Worldviews
“This provocative and engaging book will make you question basic assumptions of Western science.  I agree with Rupert Sheldrake that, among other problems, those assumptions hinder medical progress because they severely limit our understanding of health and illness. I will recommend Science Set Free to my colleagues, students, patients, and friends.”
—Andrew Weil, M.D., author of Spontaneous Happiness

“Rupert Sheldrake may be to the 21st century what Charles Darwin was to the 19th:  someone who sent science spinning in wonderfully new and fertile directions.  The only thing that is certain in science is that it will change.  In SCIENCE SET FREE, Sheldrake gives us an inspiring picture of what these changes are likely to be."
—Larry Dossey, M.D. author of Reinventing Medicine
 “Science is often portrayed as a paragon of intellectual freedom. It's a quaint idea, but it's not true. Some key concepts in science have hardened into unshakeable, unquestioned dogma. Science Set Free exposes ten of the key dogmas of modern times. If even one is slightly off, then the scientific world is in for a shock, and the aftershocks will have huge impacts on technology, medicine, and religion. Rupert Sheldrake skillfully examines each dogma and argues, with evidence, that all ten dogmas are wrong. After reading this book I am persuaded that he's right. If you agree that science must be freed from the shackles of antiquated beliefs, then read this book. If you don't agree, then read it twice.”
—Dean Radin, Ph.D., author of The Conscious Universe
“This is a terrific, engrossing book that throws open the shutters to reveal our world to be so much more intriguing and profound than could ever have been supposed.”
—James Le Fanu, author of The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine
“Certainly we need to accept the limitations of much current dogma and keep our minds as open as we reasonably can. Sheldrake may help us do so through this well-written, challenging, and always interesting book.”
—Sir Crispin Tickell, Financial Times
“Rupert Sheldrake does science, humanity and the world at large a considerable favor.”
—Colin Tudge, Ph.D., Independent
“A fascinating, humane, and refreshing book that any layman can enjoy. . . . Dr. Sheldrake wants to bring energy and excitement back into science . . . He has already done more than any other scientist alive to broaden the appeal of the discipline, and readers should get their teeth into the important and astounding book.”
—Jason Goodwin, Country Life

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DR. RUPERT SHELDRAKE is a biologist and author of more than 80 technical papers and ten books, including A New Science of Life and Dogs That Know When Their Owners Come Home. He was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, where he was Director of Studies in cell biology, and also was a Research Fellow of the Royal Society. From 2005-2010, he was the Director of the Perrott-Warrick Project for research on unexplained human abilities, funded from Trinity College, Cambridge. He is currently a Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences in California, and a Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute in Connecticut. He is married, has two sons, and lives in London. His web site is

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Expected more 13. April 2013
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While I admire his courage to ask unpopular science questions, I was expecting more details in his explanation of possible experiments. It was all very general, I wanted specifics. I came into the book excited, I left it with "Na, ja..."
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It gives you something to ponder on what science has really become. Anybody who gives a damn about science should read it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Readable, fascinating and crucial 4. September 2012
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We all have assumptions that frame how and what we know; without them we couldn't think at all much less discover a cure for Alzheimer's. But assumptions can take on a life of their own and choke off the pursuit of knowledge; especially vulnerable are those who sit atop powerful hierarchies for long periods of time. The medieval Church required astronomers to assume that the earth was at the center of the solar system. Science overthrew such groundless imperatives but today seems unable to disenthrall itself from its own long and tautly held assumptions. In "Science Set Free," Rupert Sheldrake names ten of these assumptions and explains, without raising his voice, why science needs to have another look at each one.

His arguments make sense to me. For example, the first assumption Sheldrake takes on is the hypothesis of materialism: the idea that only matter and energy exist and that the cosmos is a machine with no original purpose and a bleak entropic future. Under this assumption, held as an unassailable dogma by science, existence is purposeless, consciousness is an illusion, we have no free will, and God is out of the question. These are not small issues.

"Science Set Free" takes us through the history of materialist theory, showing how it emerged in the Renaissance in a religious context, acquired self-confidence in the deism of the Enlightenment, and in the 19th and 20th centuries attained megalomania, leading to the notions of reality mentioned above. Sheldrake rejects materialism and depicts nature as an organic whole with boundless evolutionary potential. His arguments are based on the sound science in which he is grounded as a Cambridge and Harvard-trained biologist; but what I admire especially is that he is also a man of "scientia sacra," which reveres the poetry and beauty of life and knows that there is more to knowledge than measurement.

"Science Set Free" is readable, fascinating and, no matter what you believe, crucial.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen 10 reasons for reading this book 3. Oktober 2012
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SCIENCE SET FREE is an excellent work, well worth the reading. Here are ten reasons why.
1. Good writing. The sine-qua-non of all good books... and the test is that once started it is hard to put down.
2. Personal. One can feel the engagement of the writer in the prose. He is there in light touches of humour: but more importantly, he is there in his conviction, in his willingness to share data and in his reporting of the way his work has been marginalized - not because it is wrong- but because it challenges some of the current assumptions of Science.
3. Coherent Structure. All the chapters follow the same pattern, and this gives the book a special kind of unity. Each chapter begins with a question followed by a historical analysis of how that question has been answered in different epochs, and leading to an up-to-date analysis of the available data.
4. Superb bibliography. Enough reading here for a lifetime.
5. Breaks new ground. No one can tell where research will lead, but an openness to fresh ideas is necessary for progress.
6. Educational. Whether one agrees with Sheldrake or not, SCIENCE SET FREE serves as an introduction to many areas of scientific research. Where the jargon of science is necessary to avoid confusion, he explains not only the meaning of a given term, but its etymology. That is a courtesy to the reader and greatly facilitates understanding.
7. Interdisciplinary. The text moves easily from scientific research to conclusions from ancient and modern philosophy. Also, it is not restricted to one science but ranges from physics to botany, to the experiences of shamans, to telepathy, and yes, to religion somewhat.... Hence we gain a comprehensive picture. The quest is for knowledge and understanding with an open mind, but with a humanitarian conscience to guide it.
8 Challenges the imagination.
9 Tackles subjects rarely tackled. Telepathy, precognition, etc.
10 Explores and explains Morphic resonance, an exciting hypothesis which may, in time, be conclusively proven.
Basically, Morphic Resonance argues that similar patterns of activity resonate across time and space with subsequent patterns. This hypothesis applies to all self-organizing systems, including atoms, molecules, crystals, cells, plants, animals, and animal societies. All draw on a collective memory and in turn contribute to it. Thus, when an orb web spider starts spinning its web, it follows the habits of countless ancestors, resonating with them directly across space and time. The more people who learn a new skill, the easier will it be for others to learn it because of morphic resonance.
What excited my attention regarding this is that it explained the way that rehearsals for a play can suddenly come alive. I have noticed this often. At a certain point, repetition becomes resonance, and the whole play/rehearsal moves forwards with greater coherence. Actors suddenly find they know their lines and the whole emotional tone lifts. When the experience is too fragmented this does not happen.
And of course, if Sheldrake's theory is correct, then the more people who begin to think and seek for morphic resonance, the more it should manifest.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Powerful challenge to the materialist worldview 5. September 2012
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For those of us who are suspicious of the claims of materialism it's astonishing, and also heartening, to hear a scientist agree that it's a hidebound ideology, dismiss the belief in determinism as a 'delusion' and call on the 'high priests' of science to abandon their 'fantasy of omniscience'.

This all sounds rather rhetorical, but this is as polemical as his language gets; the book certainly has little about religion. For the most part it's a dispassionate expose of materialism's failures, and a plea for scientists to open up to new thinking. Despite his reputation as a heretic, gained from his controversial theory of morphic resonance and his psychic research, Sheldrake has impeccable credentials as a biochemist - Cambridge, Harvard, ground-breaking research and a stint in India helping to develop high-yield crops - that demand respect.

Sheldrake identifies ten core beliefs that scientists take for granted: that people and animals are complex mechanisms rather than goal-driven organisms; that matter is unconscious and human consciousness an illusion; that the laws of nature are fixed; that nature is purposeless; that all biological inheritance is carried via material structures like genes, and so on. Each is the basis of a chapter, in which he draws attention to unresolved tensions, problems and dilemmas. Most scientists think these will eventually be ironed out. However Sheldrake argues they are symptoms of a deeper malaise, and that the failure of the materialist model to make good on its predictions will eventually lead to its demise.

A key idea for Sheldrake is the existence of information fields that act as a kind of universal memory. Once a form or activity has come into being it provides the blueprint for other similar effects, which may then multiply with ease. The classic example is the formation of crystals, for which Sheldrake has elsewhere provided evidence, but in principle he thinks it can apply to anything, from the development of organisms to the acquisition of new skills.

This has implications for cosmology, he believes. Far from being set in stone since the Big Bang, nature's laws should be considered as evolving habits that grow stronger through repetition; the universe is an ongoing creative process, of which human creativity is part. In biology the machine metaphors beloved of materialist thinkers are misleading, he insists. No machine starts from small beginnings, grows, forms new structures within itself and then reproduces itself. Yet plants and animals do this all the time and to many people - especially those like pet owners and gardeners who deal with them on a daily basis - it's 'blindingly obvious' that they are living organisms. For scientists to see them as machines propelled only by ordinary physics and chemistry is an act of faith.

Despite the excitement over gene science in the past two decades, and the $100 billion biotechnology boom that it fuelled, only a very limited genetic basis has been discovered for human disease, he points out. The genes associated with development have turned out to be almost identical in mice, humans, flies and reptiles, offering no insights as to why these forms differ so dramatically.

On the subject of consciousness Sheldrake points out that even materialists can't decide what causes it, which is why there are so many rival theories. He quotes Galen Strawson, himself a materialist, who is scathing about the way fellow philosophers are willing to deny the reality of their own experience - testament to the power of the materialist faith. He approves Strawson's interest in panspychism, the doctrine that all matter is invested with mental as well as physical aspects.

There is just one chapter on psychic research: this covers telepathy and precognition, with especial focus on animal telepathy. (The sense of being stared at is covered in a chapter on consciousness.) There is also a chapter on mechanistic medicine, in which he acknowledges its record of success, but questions whether it is the only kind that works.

This is a superb and timely book. My own academic research has convinced me that psychic phenomena genuinely occur, and that the rejection of it is driven largely by ideology and personal antipathy. That being the case, it's hard to conceive that the materialist model is the whole story. Most scientists will brush off Sheldrake's arguments as a persistence of discredited vitalism, but it may encourage some to be open about the more sympathetic views that Sheldrake claims they often express to him in private.

There's also a need for a book like this that's authoritative, wide ranging and accessible, and that challenges the materialist paradigm for the benefit of a wider audience. That applies especially to young people whose ideas have not yet been shaped by it, and their curiosity tamed and dulled as a result. It would be good to think that their generation may have a greater opportunity to question the prevailing dogmas and perhaps eventually forge a new science, one that describes more closely what humans observe and feel about their world.

(Robert McLuhan is author of Randi's Prize: What sceptics say about the paranormal, why they are wrong and why it matters)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The fall of materialism! Excellent book by Sheldrake! 8. August 2013
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Unlike other scientists who restrict themselves to discussing only ideas in their own specific fields, Dr. Sheldrake (who has a PhD in Biochemistry) has mastered and addressed mainstream materialistic dogma in the vastly different fields of quantum physics, chemistry, biology, and even ancient philosophy where he relates the history of how humankind has not always thought that materialism was the only prevailing paradigm.

There are a lot of abstract concepts from others he cites as well as his own research which make it difficult to read, but if you make the effort, up to the very end, it's a richly rewarding read, making you question all the assumptions of mainstream science.

Before the age of quantum superstring theory with its multiuniverses which has now prevailed, 20 years ago, Dr. Sheldrake's morphic resonance theory would have been considered quackery and even I from the biology field was a bit skeptical when he first came out with it on a Noetic Institute metaphysics tv program. He would have been laughed out of my genetics class by my world renown prestigious genetics researcher professor and the class would have laughed right along with him. The problem was not that Dr. Sheldrake's ideas were quakery, but that our ideas in science were still pretty primitive. Dr. Sheldrake was AHEAD OF HIS TIME. His ideas in the biology field are still considered flakey (only because the biology field is still too buried in materialistic ideology), but if addressed from the physics standpoint of entanglement, he's right on target!!

Basically, his research states that anything that is learned or done by organisms in one species is transferred by a "morphic resonance field" to others of the same species. For example, if cats in San Francisco learn to fetch, then this becomes easier and more automatic for cats in, say Denver, to fetch, without any physical interaction by any of these cats from one city with another. Basically, distance doesn't matter. Sounds far-fetched? Yeah, that's what I thought, too, until you meld it with the physics standpoint of entanglement and consciousness.

Dr. Sheldrake's ideas inspired scientific people like me who've seen or heard things we shouldn't see nor hear - ghosts, past life deja vu's, precognitive warnings in our head to stay away from a certain area at a certain time because of danger, pet cats who know when we come home before our own family does, etc. Materialistic mainstream dogma has never been able to address these things, but Dr. Sheldrake's have.

Chapter 1 - discussion of how God and nature were viewed from Traditional Christianity times to the mechanistic age to the romantic age to now

Chapter 2 - he questions the law of conservation of matter and energy in relation to the quantum vacuum field (aka zero-point field), the Big Bang theory, dark matter, dark energy, perpetual motion, and the 2nd law of thermodynamics, citing people who survive without eating

Chapter 3 - he questions whether the laws of nature are fixed, citing "fixed constants" that are data-wise not fixed at all. He makes fun of the "mathematical formulae" that most scientists endlessly search for. He suggests that the laws of nature could be due to habit, such as his morphic resonance theory. Laws may evolve or be like a mix of habits and creativity rather than being fixed.

Chapter 4 - He suggests that subjective experience is not irrelevant, that matter may be conscious.

Chapter 5 - He suggests that nature has purpose that is unconscious, citing specific biological systems based on attractors, that humans are not unique in having purposes and goals.

Chapter 6 - He explains how DNA is overrated as being determinants. He explains the 2 camps of thinking: vitalism (the soul determines the physicality) and materialism (the DNA determines the physicality). It's funny when he describes Richard Dawkins (who popularizes the genes as being selfish, basically vested with anthropomorphic motives) using "soul" terminology to describe DNA, that he is a "vitalist in molecular clothing."

Chapter 7 - Psychic phenomena are real.

Chapter 8 Mechanistic Medicine is not the only type of medicine that is effective in the world.

Chapter 9 Illusions of Objectivity - Scientists are not without bias. Scientists practice fraud and deceit just like everyone else. "Objectivity" can be used as a weapon against other researchers, especially in the psi fields.

There are 2 more chapters and the ending summary chapter.

In one chapter, he cites the research of a scientist who found that a brain was NOT needed at all in order for there to be consciousness.

In another chapter, he makes fun of scientists' results as being objective, citing researchers who have excellent results with their research ONLY WHEN CERTAIN OTHER RESEARCHERS ARE PRESENT, that their very presence has an effect on the results.

Whereas, materialsts think that we are only the sum of our DNA, Dr. Sheldrake goes back to ancient philosophy when Forms, Ideas, Souls, basically an entire framework like building a house is needed first before we are who and what we are.

Science is about exploration and submitting evidence to support theories. Basically, Dr. Sheldrake clearly articulates and supports/defends his points that mainstream scientists use materialistic dogma against scientists who have "fringe" theories such as his and they demand overwhelming evidence in order to be believed, YET they give NO EVIDENCE for thinking materialistically the way THEY do.

I was quite entertained as well as clearly educated by reading his book and his well-defended points. His book is an excellent read for all scientists in all fields as well as for the layman.

I'd also like to come to the semi-valid points that the mainstream science establishment bases their "objective" conclusions on when they bash Dr. Sheldrake's research because they say his research has not been reviewed in a peer-review academic scientific journal. The reason?? What kind of objective mainstream science "peers" would risk their reputations, livelihoods on reviewing psi research, even if conducted by a PhD graduated Oxford scientist?? The answer is obviously zero(0). Even if you were to find them, they'd most likely negatively impact Dr. Sheldrake's research articles such that they wouldn't see the light of day! And, in fact, as has been stated in my review, just the research protocols could NEVER be the same as mainstream science protocols because the PERSON(s) involved matter, the TIME may matter, the situation, and number of times the situation occurs in the same place, may matter and so you may NOT get the same result consistently. Also, Dr. Sheldrake conducts double-blind studies even, when as he states, over half of mainstream science doesn't when they're supposed to! Dr. Sheldrake's research is not primarily to convert the mainstream scientists but to bring his research and understanding to a wider audience beyond academia.

Update Sept 3, 2013

I was conducting some personal experiments to focus sustained conscious thought like long, sustained meditation on a certain goal and while not all my detailed goals were achieved, my broader goals were. It was quite energy draining. We are more than just brains and bodies. We are conscious thought, emotions, memories, energy, and love. If more people were trained/educated in psi knowledge, we would have a much more happy, peaceful, productive goal-driven world.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Science set free 6. Juli 2013
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What an amazing read! Profoundly thought provoking and inspiring. I highly recommend this enlightening piece of literature. Rupert Sheldrake has earned my total respect and adoration.
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