About Rupert

Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, is a biologist and author best known for his hypothesis of morphic resonance. At Cambridge University he worked in developmental biology as a Fellow of Clare College. He was Principal Plant Physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics and From 2005 to 2010 was Director of the Perrott-Warrick project, Cambridge.

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Determinants of Faraday Wave-Patterns in Water Samples Oscillated Vertically at a Range of Frequencies from 50-200 Hz

Water (2017) Vol 9
by Merlin Sheldrake & Rupert Sheldrake
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The standing wave patterns formed on the surface of a vertically oscillated fluid enclosed by a container have long been a subject of fascination, and are known as Faraday waves. In circular containers, stable, radially symmetrical Faraday wave-patterns are resonant phenomena, and occur at the vibrational modes where whole numbers of waves fit exactly onto the surface of the fluid sample. These phenomena make excellent systems for the study of pattern formation and complex nonlinear dynamics. We provide a systematic exploration of variables that affect Faraday wave pattern formation on water in vertical-walled circular containers including amplitude, frequency, volume (or depth), temperature, and atmospheric pressure. In addition, we developed a novel method for the quantification of the time taken for patterns to reach full expression following the onset of excitation. The excitation frequency and diameter of the container were the variables that most strongly affected pattern morphology. Amplitude affected the degree to which Faraday wave patterns were expressed but did not affect pattern morphology. Volume (depth) and temperature did not affect overall pattern morphology but in some cases altered the time taken for patterns to form. We discuss our findings in light of René Thom’s catastrophe theory, and the framework of attractors and basins of attraction. We suggest that Faraday wave phenomena represent a convenient and tractable analogue model system for the study of morphogenesis and vibrational modal phenomena in dynamical systems in general, examples of which abound in physical and biological systems.

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Rupert summarizes the latest scientific research on what happens when we take part in many common spiritual practices.

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In this Science Set Free podcast, Rupert Sheldrake and Mark Vernon discuss the evolution of ethics, from its deep roots in our nature as social animals to its expansive possibilities for our spiritual potential.

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Church Times, 23 February 2018, by Terence Handley MacMath

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14. Grass Roots Science

Chapter 1 of The Evolutionary Mind. The institutionalisation of mainstream science has alienated the public and marginalised the amateur base of science. A new model for science is both possible and necessary. The need for big science to reintegrate with grassroots science. Examples of important low budget amateur research projects. How the computer revolution and the formulation of specific questions could empower grassroots science. Global environmental problems are likely to provide the main motivation for the revival of grassroots science. Rescuing science from the distorting demands of capitalism. The benefits of combining holistic and analytical research. A grassroots research project on holistic medicine.

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Upcoming Appearances

Germany Die Wiederentdeckung der Spiritualität, Berlin
Vortrag in Englisch mit deutscher Übersetzung

01.10.2018, 19:30 Uhr
Urania Berlin e.V Deutsche Kultur-Gemeinschaft
An der Urania 17
10787 Berlin

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Germany Die Wiederentdeckung der Spiritualität, Erfurt

Vortrag in Englisch mit deutscher Übersetzung

02.10.2018, 19:30 Uhr
Evangelisches Ratsgymnasium Erfurt, Große Aula
Meister-Eckehardt-Str. 1
99084 Erfurt

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Germany Seminar: Die Wiederentdeckung der Spiritualität, Frankfurt-Sachsenhausen

Seminar in Englisch mit deutscher Übersetzung

03.10.2018, 15-18 Uhr
Haus der Jugend, Frankfurt-Sachsenhausen
(in English with German Translation)
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