Latest Audios

What is Magic?

Rupert Sheldrake and David Abram probe the meaning and manifestation of magic in the world: presented at Hollyhock on Cortes Island, Canada on August 6, 2015.

Beyond Physicalism

Rupert Sheldrake and Mark Vernon consider how a shift from scientific materialism would make a difference in areas from health to parapsychology, and what might happen next.

Nature and Modern Science

A dialogue with Rupert Sheldrake and Joseph Milne on nature and science in our modern world which took place at the Temenos Academy on July 13, 2009.

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Recommended New Websites

Boy's Best Friend: a new young adult novel by Kate Banks and Rupert Sheldrake which chronicles the adventures of two school boys and the telepathy experiment they conducted with their pet dogs.

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

Skeptical About Skeptics is dedicated to countering dogmatic attacks from self-styled skeptics.

Latest Scientific Paper

Automated Tests for Telephone Telepathy Using Mobile Phones

Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing (2015), 11 No. 4, 310-319
by Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, Pamela Smart and Leonidas Avraamides

Objective: To carry out automated experiments on mobile phones to test for telepathy in connection with telephone calls.

Study Method: Subjects, aged from 10 to 83, registered online with the names and mobile telephone numbers of three or two senders. A computer selected a sender at random, and asked him to call the subject via the computer. The computer then asked the subject to guess the caller's name, and connected the caller and the subject after receiving the guess. A test consisted of six trials.

Interactions Evaluated: The effects of subjects' sex and age and the effects of time delays on guesses.

Main Outcome Measure: The proportion of correct guesses of the caller's name, compared with the 33.3% or 50% mean chance expectations.

MainResults: In 2080 trials with three callers there were 869 hits (41.8%), above the 33.3% chance level (P < 1 x 1015). The hit rate in incomplete tests was 43.8% (P=.00003) showing that optional stopping could not explain the positive results. In 745 trials with two callers, there were 411 hits (55.2%), above the 50% chance level (P=.003). Ananalysis of the data made it very unlikely that cheating could explain the positive results. These experiments showed that automated tests for telephone telepathy can be carried out using mobile phones.

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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.


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

US Workshop: Pilgrimage and the Resacralization of the Earth

Co-presented with Marc Andrus, the Bishop of California
and on Thursday evening also with Jill Purce
Sept 10-12, Thursday 7:00pm to Saturday 4:00 pm
At Grace Cathedral, San Francisco.
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UK Lecture: Science and Spirituality - Open Questions in Science

October 8, Thursday, The Meditatio Centre, St Marks, Myddelton Sq, London EC1R 1XX, 6.30-9.00 pm
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UK Lecture: Morphic Resonance, Memory and the Collective Unconscious

November 17, Tuesday, College of Psychic Studies, London, 7:00-8:30 pm
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