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The Atheist Experiment

Rupert Sheldrake and Mark Vernon ask what history can tell us about atheism as a way of life, as an account of being human, and what the future of atheism might bring.

The Sound of Silence

Practises of silence are integral to religious and wisdom traditions, so why are they so important? What is silence anyway, and does any science back up the intuitions and experiences? Rupert Sheldrake and Mark Vernon pursue the transformative potential of silence in this Science Set Free podcast.

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NEW Joint Attention Test
Can you tell when someone is looking at the same photo?

NEW Telephone Listening Test
Can you tell when you are being listened to?

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Research with pets.

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Recommended New Websites

OpenSciences.org is a portal for scientific investigations beyond the dogmas dominating mainstream science, including selected videos, books, journals, links to researchers and organisations, and articles on open questions in science.

Skeptical About Skeptics is dedicated to countering dogmatic, ill-informed attacks leveled by self-styled skeptics on pioneering scientific research, researchers, and their subjects.

Beginning May 1 and continuing through July, TheBestSchools.org will host an in-depth dialogue on the nature of science between Rupert and renowned skeptic Michael Shermer. The three themes covered:

MAY: Materialism in Science
» Opening Statements
» Responses
» Replies to responses

JUNE: Mental Action at a Distance
» Opening Statements
» Responses
» Replies to responses

JULY: God and Science (pending)

There's also an extensive interview with Rupert Sheldrake and an interview with Michael Shermer on TheBestSchools.org.

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The 2015 Vegetable Sermon in Shoreditch Parish Church

Thomas Fairchild was a pioneering plant breeder who lived in Shoreditch, in the East End of London. When he died in 1729, he left a legacy for a "Vegetable Sermon" to be preached each year in Shoreditch Parish Church in the week following Pentecost on "the wonderful works of God in creation". This sermon, on May 15, 2015, by Rupert Sheldrake, was on flowers.

The Habits of Nature

This 30 min talk from the How The Light Gets In festival, 2014, is one of the best non-technical summaries of the idea that nature forms habits rather than laws, evolving overtime through morphic resonance.

Science... Fiction? a Debate at the How The Light Gets In Festival at Hay-on-Wye

In June, 2014, Rupert took part in a debate with pharmacologist David Nutt, Chair of the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs, and philosopher of physics James Ladyman.


Bridgebuilder Award Acceptance Speech

On September 16, Rupert received the Doshi Bridgebuilder Award at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. The award is given annually "to honor an individual or organization dedicated to fostering understanding between cultures, peoples and disciplines."

Interview With Joe Rogan

Sep 17, 2014: Rupert had a remarkable conversation with Joe Rogan, the host of an immensely popular podcast. Their discussion was far-ranging, covering wolves, morphic resonance, epigenetics, Christianity, atheism, psychedelics, telepathy and intuition.


Latest Blog Post

Epigenetics and Soviet Biology

One of the biggest controversies in twentieth-century biology was about the inheritance of acquired characteristics, the ability of animals and plants to inherit adaptations acquired by their ancestors. For example, if a dog was terrified of butchers because he had been mistreated by one, his offspring would tend to inherit his fear. Charles Darwin wrote a letter to Nature describing just such a case. The opposing view, promoted by the science of genetics, asserted that organisms could not inherit features their ancestors had acquired; they only passed on genes that they themselves had inherited.

Upcoming Appearances

UK Lecture: Beyond the Science Delusion

July 1, Wednesday, University of Winchester, West Downs Campus, 6:30 PM
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Canada Co-lecture with Jill Purce: Resonance - Liberating Minds and Voices

July 17, Friday, 7:00pm
Canadian Memorial United Church, Vancouver, Canada, V6J 2M3
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Canada Workshop: Science and Spiritual Practices

Co-presented with Cosmo Sheldrake
August 5-9, 2015, Hollyhock, Cortes Island, British Columbia
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Latest Scientific Paper

Telepathy in Connection with Telephone Calls, Text Messages and Emails

Journal of International Society of Life Information Science (2014), 32 No. 1, 7-15
by Rupert Sheldrake

Abstract
Telepathy in connection with telephone calls is the commonest kind of apparent telepathy in the modern world. It usually occurs between people who have strong bonds or emotional connections with each other, such as parents and children, husbands and wives, and good friends. In experimental tests in which subjects had to identify who, out of four callers, was calling, the average scores were very significantly above the 25% hit rate expected by chance ...