When you look into the blue sky on a sunny day do you glimpse a ball of nuclear fire or, as the London poet and mystic, William Blake, reported, the heavenly host singing God's praises? It's an old question, revived today by the notion of panpsychism which suggests that the sun might in some way be considered conscious.
A dialogue at Hollyhock, Cortes Island, BC between Rupert and Marc Andrus, the Episcopal Bishop of California, on praying for ancestors and on pilgrimage.
A conversation with Ralph Abraham in London in December 2015. We discuss recent consciousness research.
Test Your Intuition
from Rupert Sheldrake
for testing your intuitive
connections to others.
Can you tell when people are staring at you? Why not find out experimentally?
Can you tell who's calling? Get a couple friends and find out in under 10 minutes.
Can you tell when someone is looking at the same photo?
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Research with pets.
From Resurgence & Ecologist, Jan/Feb 2016, page 56
I was an atheist when I was an undergraduate at Cambridge and for several years afterwards, yet I still went to choral evensong because I found it so inspiring and uplifting. Whatever your religious faith, or lack of it, no one is going to question you about your beliefs or your motives when you attend.
Latest Scientific Papers
Journal of the Society for Psychical Research (2015) 79 No. 4: 193-200
by Rupert Sheldrake
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This study investigated whether people could tell when another person was looking directly at the same object. Participants worked in pairs. They were separated by a wall in such a way that they could not see each other, but both could see a target object such as an apple. Tests consisted of 20 trials, each lasting about 10 seconds. One of the participants (the ‘looker’) either looked at the object or did not look, in a random sequence, and the other participant (the ‘guesser’) had to guess whether or not the other person was looking at the object. Altogether there were 310 tests with 6,200 trials. The total number of hits was 3,255 (52.5%), significantly above the chance level of 50% (p = 0.00003).
Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing (2016) 12 No.1: 34-41
by Rupert Sheldrake and Ashweeni Beeharee
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Joint attention is the shared focus of two or more individuals on the same object. The aim of this study was to find out whether people could feel when another person was looking at the same picture, and in some cases hearing the same music, at the same time, even when the participants were miles apart. Hit rates were significantly above chance.
Featured Trialogue Ralph Abraham, Terence McKenna and Rupert Sheldrake
Consciousness and Machines
A discussion on the evolution of consciousness as it relates to machines. Symbolic logic, nanotechnology and the possibility of a synthetic super-intelligence. Artificial Intelligence as a part of ourselves that could shape our evolution. Virtual computers as the source of the AI. Partnership or conflict between human and machine? How much control do we have in the evolution of machine intelligence? Challenges to the premises of the AI argument. Quantum computers, machine-time and the possibilities of the World Wide Web.
Rupert, Terence McKenna and Ralph Abraham examine maths as a language of space-time pattern, the psychedelic vision of the logos be externalised through supercomputers, and more. Esalen Institute, 1992.
3 Videos from the recent How The Light Gets In Festival at Hay-on-Wye
From Newton's laws to E=mc2, we think we have uncovered the secrets of the universe. But some claim these laws evolve and others point to their human and cultural origins. Might eternal natural laws be human hubris? Or is the mind of God in our grasp?
Can Science revive spirituality? The Science Delusion author Rupert Sheldrake explores a new paradigm of science and religion.
Dawkins’ Selfish Gene has defined how we think about evolution. But now the new science of epigenetics suggests culture and the environment can play a part. Is the age of the selfish gene over? Do we need a new story to replace the survival of the fittest, or is Darwin’s essential insight secure?
Lecture: Morphic Resonance., Rituals and the Memory of Nature
November 5, Saturday, The Hoxton, Shoreditch, 81 Great Eastern Street, London EC2 3HU
Lecture: The Extended Mind: Experimental evidence for the effects of attention at a distance
January 10, 2017, Tuesday. Goldsmiths College, New Cross, London SE14 6NW. 6.10pm