The Big Questions in Science: How to Understand Them & Set Yourself Free From Dogmas
Contemporary materialist science is undergoing a credibility crunch. Join this unique online course and free the spirit of inquiry with Rupert Sheldrake, from 4 to 24 November 2021
Contemporary science is based on the claim that all reality is material or physical. There is no reality but material reality. Consciousness is a by-product of the physical activity of the brain. Matter is unconscious. Evolution is purposeless. This view is now undergoing a credibility crunch. The biggest problem of all for materialism is the existence of consciousness.
“As Terence McKenna observed, Modern science is based on the principle: ‘Give us one free miracle and we’ll explain the rest.’ The one free miracle is the appearance of all the mass and energy in the universe and all the laws that govern it in a single instant from nothing.” ― Rupert Sheldrake
The Course Content#
“The dogmas of modern science consist in the faith that we already understand the nature of reality, in principle, and that all that is left to do is to fill in the details.” — Rupert Sheldrake
In this course Rupert Sheldrake shows the ways in which science is being constricted by assumptions that have, over the years, hardened into dogmas. Such dogmas are not only limiting, but dangerous for the future of humanity.
According to these principles, all of reality is material or physical; the world is a machine, made up of inanimate matter; nature is purposeless; consciousness is nothing but the physical activity of the brain; free will is an illusion; God exists only as an idea in human minds, imprisoned within our skulls.
But should science be a belief-system, or a method of enquiry?
In this course Rupert Sheldrake shows that the materialist ideology is moribund; under its sway, increasingly expensive research is reaping diminishing returns while societies around the world are paying the price.
In the skeptical spirit of true science, Sheldrake turns the ten fundamental dogmas of materialism into exciting questions, and shows how all of them open up startling new possibilities for discovery.
This course will radically change your view of what is real and what is possible.
“I am all in favour of science and reason if they are scientific and reasonable. But I am against granting scientists and the materialist worldview an exemption from critical thinking and sceptical investigation. We need an enlightenment of the Enlightenment.” ― Rupert Sheldrake, The Science Delusion: Freeing the Spirit of Enquiry
The Course Format#
In between an introductory and closing session are 10 ‘chapters’, each one inquiring into a different dogma that lies at the heart of scientific materialism. Each session is around 40 minutes.
Interspersed with the 12 prerecorded sessions are 2 live participant Q&A discussions with Rupert Sheldrake, providing the opportunity to bring questions to Rupert and inquire into these ideas in more depth.
The prerecorded sessions will be streamed as well as available on-demand for all course participants.
By the end of this series, you will see that many of the assumptions of science are actually open questions and that they can be illuminated by further research. This however will only occur if we go beyond the narrow framework imposed by this dogmatic belief system.
- Thursday 4 November: Introduction and sessions 1-4 released.
- Wednesday 10 November: Live Q&A with Rupert Sheldrake. 6pm GMT / 1pm EST / 10am PST.
- Thursday 11 November: Sessions 5-8 released.
- Thursday 18 November: Sessions 9-12 released.
- Wednesday 24 November: Live Q&A with Rupert Sheldrake. 6pm GMT / 1pm EST / 10am PST.
“We need to respond to our present ecological crisis practically, by making appropriate social, political, economic, and technological changes. We need to look at the attitudes that have led to such devastation of the earth and to find a more harmonious way of living.” ― Rupert Sheldrake, The Science Delusion: Freeing the Spirit of Enquiry
About Rupert Sheldrake#
Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, is a biologist and author of more than 90 scientific papers and 9 books, and the co-author of 6 books. He is best known for his hypothesis of morphic resonance. His books have been published in 28 languages. He was among the top 100 Global Thought Leaders for 2013, as ranked by the Duttweiler Institute, Zurich, Switzerland’s leading think tank. On ResearchGate, the largest scientific and academic online network, his RG score of 33.5 puts him among the top 7.5% of researchers, based on citations of his peer-reviewed publications. On Google Scholar, the many citations of his work give him a high h-index of 38, and an i10 index of 102. For nine years running he has been recognized as one of the ‘most spiritually influential living people in the world’ by Mind Body Spirit magazine.
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 in Hyderabad, India. From 2005 to 2010 he was Director of the Perrott-Warrick project for research on unexplained human and animal abilities, funded by Trinity College, Cambridge.
“[Sheldrake] throws open the shutters to reveal our world to be so much more intriguing and profound than could ever have been supposed.” – Dr James Le Fanu, author of The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine
“Rupert Sheldrake does science, humanity and the world at large a considerable favour.” – Colin Tudge, The Independent