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The Science Delusion

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The Science Delusion

Post by Kitkat on Sun 13 Oct 2013, 00:40

Interesting talk ...



From the sleeve-notes of the book:
“The science delusion is the belief that science already understands the nature of reality. The fundamental questions are answered, leaving only the details to be filled in. In this book, Dr Rupert Sheldrake, one of the world’s most innovative scientists, shows that science is being constricted by assumptions that have hardened into dogmas. The ‘scientific worldview’ has become a belief system…Sheldrake examines these dogmas scientifically, and shows persuasively that science would be better off without them: freer, more interesting, and more fun.”

Rupert Sheldrake writes that the materialist belief-system became dominant within science in the late nineteenth century and is now taken for granted: “Many scientists are unaware that materialism in an assumption: they simply think of it as science, or the scientific view of reality, or the scientific worldview. They are not actually taught about it, or given a chance to discuss it. They absorb it by a kind of intellectual osmosis…In the spirit of radical skepticism, I turn each of [the ten core] doctrines into a question. Entirely new vistas open up when a widely accepted assumption is taken as the beginning of an enquiry, rather than as an unquestionable truth. For example, the assumption that nature is machine-like or mechanical becomes a question: ‘Is nature mechanical?’ The assumption that matter is unconscious becomes ‘Is matter unconscious?’ And so on...”
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Re: The Science Delusion

Post by Kitkat on Sun 13 Oct 2013, 01:13

Mary Midgley's review of the book in The Guardian:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/jan/27/science-delusion-rupert-sheldrake-review

Mary Midgley is a moral philosopher & ethicist who has written extensively on science, its myths and human nature.

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