From Rupert Sheldrake
London, January 14, 2016

I have just posted a blog on The Replicability Crisis in Science About two-thirds of the papers in leading psychology journals turn out to be non-replicable, and more than 75% of papers in top-tier biomedical journals cannot be validated. Since governments spend about $59 billion a year on biomedical research, this is not a trivial issue.

Last month I gave at talk at the Royal Geological Society in London, called "Is the Sun Conscious?" in which I explored the possibility that the sun and other stars may be conscious, as opposed to unconscious and inanimate, as conventionally assumed. This is now online Is the Sun Conscious?

Over the Christmas holidays, I read an amusing novel called "When the Professor Got Stuck In The Snow" by Dan Rhodes. The protagonist, Richard Dawkins, is on his way to give a talk to the Women's Institute in a remote village when he is trapped by a blizzard in a small town, where the only available lodging is with a retired Anglican vicar and his wife. Not many books make me laugh out loud, but this one did.

My latest dialogue with Mark Vernon is on Dreams

This year I am travelling very little, and planning to give only one workshop, from July 27-31, on Science and Spiritual Practices, which I will be co-leading with my sons Cosmo and Merlin at Hollyhock, on Cortes Island, British Columbia, Canada, one of my favourite places. Workshop Details

I am a patron of the recently launched British Pilgrimage Trust which is re-opening ancient pilgrimage routes across the British countryside to holy places, on foot. I am currently collecting stories from people all over the world about their experience on pilgrimage, and if you have a story you would like to share please email it to me at sheldrake@sheldrake.org

My online joint attention test is working well and is fun to do. It takes less than 5 minutes. Can you tell when a friend or family member is looking at the same picture as you are, and hearing the same music? Please have a go!

One of the most exciting recent developments in science is the growing evidence for a new source of energy through so-called Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR). There are now several different devices that give out more energy than they ought to according to orthodox physics. Ever since an early version was unveiled in 1989, and dubbed "cold fusion", this has been a taboo area within institutional science. Yet, under the radar, there has been some remarkable progress. Obviously there is a huge potential for a new non-polluting, carbon-free source of energy to change the world. An excellent summary by Carl Page has just gone online on the Edge website here: Low Energy Nuclear Reactions

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Links

The Skeptical About Skeptics website

Rupert's new children's book, co-authored with Kate Banks, about dogs that know when children are coming home from school: Boy's Best Friend

The Boy's Best Friend website with details of how families can conduct simple experiments with return-anticipating dogs.

Cosmo Sheldrake's website

The Open Sciences website A portal for the post-materialist sciences.

Rupert's wife's, website Jill Purce