The reactions to Rupert's writing and research have been both positive and negative, beginning in 1981 when his seminal book, A New Science of Life was published. New Scientist described him as "an excellent scientist: the proper, imaginative kind that in an earlier age discovered continents and mirrored the world in sonnets". Meanwhile, Nature described his book as "the best candidate for burning there has been for many years."
The editor of Nature, Sir John Maddox, later said, "Sheldrake is putting forward magic instead of science, and that can be condemned in exactly the language that the Pope used to condemn Galileo, and for the same reason. It is heresy." At the other extreme, some have described Rupert as "a visionary genius of the stature of Darwin or Einstein." As Ted Dace wrote, "By devising a testable hypothesis of natural memory, Rupert Sheldrake has established himself as the world's central figure in the evolutionary theory of existence." Recently, The Duttweiler Institute, Switzerland's leading think tank, included Rupert in their rankings of the top 100 Global Thought Leaders for 2013.
Here you'll find detailed the reactions from skeptics, their debates with Rupert and his responses to their arguments.
Some of the more positive and enthusiastic reactions are discussed here, including essays by scientists and philosophers inspired by Rupert's ideas.