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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Latest Scientific Paper

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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Science & Spiritual Practices, Temenos Academy Lecture

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


Rupert talks Science and Spiritual Practices with Brian Rose of the popular channel London Real, 2018.

The Revival of Pilgrimage

In recent years huge numbers of people have taken to old pilgrimage routes in a revival of this ancient spiritual practice.

Science Vs God: Rupert speaks with Russell Brand

A conversation between Rupert and the comedian and philosopher Russell Brand on November 3, 2017.

Psychedelic Experience and Morphic Resonance

Rupert's talk at Breaking Convention 2017: the 4th International Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness, the University of Greenwich London, June 30th, 2017.

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Church Times Interview

Church Times, 23 February 2018, by Terence Handley MacMath

If you want to learn meditation, you can learn it online or go on courses; but if you want to learn how to pray, it’s much harder.
Latest Article

Sacred Song, and Where to Find it

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.

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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

UK Talk: Science and Spiritual Practices, London

April 25, Wednesday, 42 Acres Shoreditch, London EC2A 4LW, 7.30-9.00 pm
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UK Talk: Science and Spiritual Practices, Hampstead, London

May 9, Wednesday, Gaia Foundation and Burgh House, London NW3 1LT, 6.30-9.00pm
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Canada Workshop, co-led with Merlin and Cosmo Sheldrake: Science and Spiritual Practices

August 1-5, Hollyhock, Cortes Island, BC, Canada
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