Wednesday, May 15, 2013
First, this explanation from TED
The debate about Rupert Sheldrake’s talk
Posted by: Tedstaff
March 19, 2013 at 12:01 pm EDT
At TEDxWhitechapel on January 13, 2013, Rupert Sheldrake gave a provocative talk in which he suggests that modern science is based on ten dogmas, and makes the case that none of them hold up to scrutiny. According to him, these dogmas — including, for example, that nature is mechanical and purposeless, that the laws and constants of nature are fixed, and that psychic phenomena like telepathy are impossible — have held back the pursuit of knowledge.
TED’s scientific advisors have questioned whether his list is a fair description of scientific assumptions — indeed, several of the dogmas are actually active areas of science inquiry (including whether physical ‘constants’ are really unchanging) — and believe there is little evidence for some of Sheldrake’s more radical claims, such as his theory of morphic resonance, and claim that the speed of light has been changing. They recommended that the talk be should not be distributed without being framed with caution. Accordingly, we have reposted his talk here, with the above cautionary introduction. We invite scientists, skeptics, knowledge-seekers and supporters — and Sheldrake himself, if he’s willing — to join in a conversation over this talk.
(from Dorothy: This conversation is now closed, but it is possible to view many comments online at the TEDX site. For more information, check out Sheldrake's own website, as well as that of Graham Hancock, whose talk was also removed from the mian TED site. TED claimed that they took down the talks on the advice of a board of anonymous scientists, who insisted his views were "pseudo-science". This is interesting because the purpose of the Whitechapel conference was to investigate challenges to the mainstream scientific paradigms. Apparently, they did repost the talk but under a different category--TEDX. Rupert Sheldrake called this being put in "the naughty corner."
Rupert Sheldrake himself is a highly credentialed scientist, whose unorthodox theories have circulated for many years. Right or wrong, his theories have provided interesting materials for consideration and discussion. Like all innovative thinkers, his views have sparked much controversy in orthodox (establishment) circles.
As Sheldrake himself pointed out, the act of suppression proved his point--that "science" as a field is tied to certain dogmas (beliefs that cannot be challenged) and thus will not tolerate any questioning of these dogmas. Somehow, for me, the whole controversy is strongly reminiscent of the famous case in earlier centuries when Galileo was punished by the Church for claiming that earth was not in fact the center of the universe--only today the "establishment" is science itself which is intolerant of any challenge to its enshrined belief systems.
This dispute is of special importance to all of us who experience or believe in the reality of Kundalini --an experience totally outside the purview of mainstream science, which ignores its actual presence and, if confronted, would, I suspect vigorously deny that Kundalini exists. In the meantime, those of us blessed with the pleasures and pains of Kundalini, experience in our own bodies its constant presence in our lives.)