The universe is not in a steady state; there's an ongoing creative principle in nature, which is driving things onwards.

— Rupert Sheldrake

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The science delusion is the belief that science already understands the nature of reality in principle, leaving only the details to be filled in.

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What you do, what you say and what you think can influence other people by morphic resonance. There is no immoral filter in morphic resonance, which means that we have to be more careful about what we are thinking if we are concerned about the affect we have on others.

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The idea is that there is a kind of memory in nature.

Each kind of thing has a collective memory. So, take a squirrel living in New York now. That squirrel is being influenced by all past squirrels.

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Basically, morphic fields are fields of habit, and they've been set up through habits of thought, through habits of activity, and through habits of speech. Most of our culture is habitual.

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The morphic fields include all kinds of organizing fields.

..: The organizing fields of animal and human behaviour, of social and cultural systems, and of mental activity can all be regarded as morphic fields which contain an inherent memory.

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Contemporary science is based on the philosophy of materialism, which claims that all reality is material or physical.

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Bad religion is arrogant, self-righteous, dogmatic and intolerant.

And so is bad science. But unlike religious fundamentalists, scientific fundamentalists do not realize that their opinions are based on faith. They think they know the truth.

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Science at its best is an open-minded method of inquiry, not a belief system.

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The Gaia Hypothesis of James Lovelock [and Lynn Margulis] puts forward a scientific view of the living Earth, which in one respect is modern, empherical, scientific, in another respect re-awakens an ancient archetype, which in fact is so clearly suggested by the very name of the hypothesis, Gaia, the Greek name for Mother Earth.

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There's a certain kind of scepticism that can't bear uncertainty.

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The biggest bursts of speciation that we know about in the history of the earth are soon after great cataclysms, like the extinction of the dinosaurs, which create new opportunities, and all sorts of new forms spring up... So, quite often, the reasons for creativity depend on accidents or disasters that prevent the normal habits being carried out.

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The facts of science are real enough, and so are the techniques that scientists use, and so are the technologies based on them. But the belief system that governs conventional scientific thinking is an act of faith.

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About Rupert Sheldrake

Quotes 42 sayings
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Birthday June 28, 1942

The fact that you can forge a twenty dollar bill doesn't prove that all twenty dollar bills are forgeries.

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I have been a scientist for more than 40 years, having studied at Cambridge and Harvard. I researched and taught at Cambridge University, was a research fellow of the Royal Society, and have more than 80 publications in peer-reviewed journals. I am strongly pro-science.

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Most of nature is inherently chaotic.

It's not rigidly determined in the old sense. It's not rigidly predictable.

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Not every good idea survives. Not every new form of art is repeated. Not every new potential instinct is successful. Only the successful ones get repeated. By natural selection and then through repetition they become probable, more habitual.

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To describe the overwhelming life of a tropical forest just in terms of inert biochemistry and DNA didn't seem to give a very full picture of the world.

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If there is no randomness in the universe, then what do we mean by chaos?

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Right now, any opinion anyone has about whether dogs can or cannot really tell when their owner is coming home by some unknown means... nobody knows. The weight of evi dence suggests they can.

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For more than 200 years, materialists have promised that science will eventually explain everything in terms of physics and chemistry. Believers are sustained by the faith that scientific discoveries will justify their beliefs.

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Unfortunately, at present, practically no one under thirty goes to workshops.

It's a system of education entirely for the middle aged.

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The cumulative nature of the evolutionary process, the fact that memory is preserved, means that life grows not just through a random proliferation of new forms, but there's a kind of cumulative quality.

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Because a truly skeptical position would be a very uncertain one.

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In both religion and science, some people are dishonest, exploitative, incompetent and exhibit other human failings.

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When people see one of these new forms of art for the first time, often they can't make sense of it. Then, if it's around long enough, a lot of people get used to it and it becomes assimilated into culture. So there's a morphic field both for the kind of art and for the appreciation of it.

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The assumption that the laws of nature are eternal is a vestige of the Christian belief system that informed the early postulates of modern science in the seventeenth century. Perhaps the laws of nature have actually evolved along with nature itself, and perhaps they are still evolving. Or perhaps they are not laws at all, but more like habits.

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Over the course of fifteen years of research on plant development, I came to the conclusion that for understanding the development of plants, their morphogenesis, genes and gene products are not enough.

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A lot of us have all sorts of ideas, and we select some rather than others and give expression to those... and some works of art are more successful than others. Some languish in obscurity and are never heard of again, while others form the foundation of a whole school of art.

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Of the seven experiments, the ones that have been most investigated so far have been the pets. The dogs who know when their masters for coming home, and the sense of being stared at.

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In practice, the goal of skepticism is not the discovery of truth, but the exposure of other people's errors. It plays a useful role in science, religion, scholarship, and common sense. But we need to remember that it is a weapon serving belief or self-interest; we need to be skeptical of skeptics. The more militant the skeptic, the stronger the belief.

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At the moment of insight, a potential pattern of organized behavior comes into being.

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Machines are designed not to be random.

When you call up a word processing program on your computer, you don't want it to be different every time you call it up. You want it to stay the same.

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I still say the Lord's Prayer every day. It covers a lot of ground in our relation to the world.

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I went through the standard scientific atheist phase when I was about 14.

I bought into that package deal of science equals atheism.

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I think that creativity depends on having sufficient indeterminacy around for a new pattern to arise up within it.

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In no other field of scientific endeavor do otherwise intelligent people feel free to make public claims based on prejudice and ignorance. Yet in relation to psychic phenomena, committed materialists feel free to disregard the evidence and behave irrationally and unscientifically, while claiming to speak in the name of science and reason. They abuse the authority of science and bring rationalism into disrepute.

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I'm talking about science on the leading edge, where it's not clear which way things are going be cause we don't know, and I'm dealing with areas which we don't know about.

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So there’s a kind of resurgence of the sense of freedom and spontaneity in nature. From nature being bound into a rigid, deterministic model, freedom, spontaneity and openness are emerging once again. It’s now recognized the future is open, not determined by the past. And this is true in many realms, the astronomical realm, the human realm, the meteorological realm in many ways.

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I think that the 'laws of nature' are also prone to evolve;

I think they are more like habits than laws.

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Creativity gives new forms, new patterns, new ideas, new art forms.

And we don't know where creativity comes from. Is it inspired from above? Welling up from below? Picked up from the air? What? Creativity is a mystery wherever you encounter it.

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Matter is merely mind deadened by the development of habit to the point where the breaking up of these habits is very difficult.

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