by Rupert Sheldrake
and Anthony Freeman (Editor)
A special edition of the Journal of Consciousness Studies (JCS Vol 12 No. 6, 2005) in paperback format.
In 1981 Rupert Sheldrake outraged the scientific establishment with his hypothesis of morphic resonance. Subsequently he devoted his research to pioneering science, winning popular acclaim and continued establishment opprobium with a series of ground-breaking works. In this special edition of JCS, Rupert summarises his case for the 'non-visual detection of staring'. His claims are scrutinised by fourteen critics, to whom Rupert then responds. Anthony Freeman, in his editorial introduction, explores the concept of "heresy" in science and in religion and asks why it provokes such hostility.
Editorial Introduction by Anthony Freeman
Rupert's Papers From the Journal
The Sense of Being Stared At - Part 1: Is it Real or Illusory? (PDF)
The Sense of Being Stared At - Part 2: Its Implications for Theories of Vision (PDF)
The Non-Visual Detection of Staring - Response to Commentators (PDF)
List of Contributors (PDF)
Anthony P. Atkinson
Staring at the Back Of Someone's Head Is No Signal, And a Sense of Being Stared At Is No Sense
Ian S. Baker
Nomenclature and Methodology
Confusion Worse Confounded
The Sense of Being Stared At: Fictional, Physical, Perceptual, or Attentional/Intentional?
Jean E. Burns
Detection of Staring Psi or Statistical Artifact?
Does Scopesthesia Imply Extramission?
The Sense of Being Stared At: Its Relevance to the Physics of Consciousness
The Ambiguity of 'In Here/Out There' Talk: In What Sense Is Perception 'Out in the World'?
Rupert Sheldrake and the Staring Effect
Christopher C. French
A Closer Look at Sheldrake's Treatment of Rattee's Data
The Sense of Being Stared At: A Preliminary Meta-Analysis
The Discourse of Controversial Science: The Sceptic-Proponent Debate on Remote Staring
Comments on Sheldrake's 'The Sense of Being Stared At'
Are We Out of Our Minds?