The Science Delusion: Feeling the Spirit of Enquiry

The Science Delusion Feeling the Spirit of Enquiry Teaduslik maailmavaade on k ikeh lmav sellele toetub kogu me progresseeruv tehnoloogiline tsivilisatsioon Samas on t nap eva teadus koormatud suure hulga iganenud dogmaatiliste t ekspidamistega Lubja

  • Title: The Science Delusion: Feeling the Spirit of Enquiry
  • Author: Rupert Sheldrake
  • ISBN: 9781444727944
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Paperback
  • Teaduslik maailmavaade on k ikeh lmav, sellele toetub kogu me progresseeruv tehnoloogiline tsivilisatsioon Samas on t nap eva teadus koormatud suure hulga iganenud dogmaatiliste t ekspidamistega Lubjastunud uskumused on v ga p sivad, need muudavad teaduselu ha sarnasemaks kirikliku v imuv itlusega Rupert Sheldrake on k esolevas teoses ette v tnud materialistliku teadusTeaduslik maailmavaade on k ikeh lmav, sellele toetub kogu me progresseeruv tehnoloogiline tsivilisatsioon Samas on t nap eva teadus koormatud suure hulga iganenud dogmaatiliste t ekspidamistega Lubjastunud uskumused on v ga p sivad, need muudavad teaduselu ha sarnasemaks kirikliku v imuv itlusega Rupert Sheldrake on k esolevas teoses ette v tnud materialistliku teaduse p hilised dogmad ehk 10 k sku Kas mateeria ja energia hulk on alati j v Kas mateeria on teadvusetu Kas m lu salvestub materiaalse j ljena etc Sheldrake anal sib neid sellise p hjalikkusega, nagu tuleks l bi anal sida mistahes teaduslikke h poteese Ta on j rjekindel ning v tab materialismi kanoonilised p hipostulaadid ette ksteise j rel, vaagib argumente, osutab n rkadele kohtadele ja k sib t psustavaid lisak simusi Ta ei anna vastuseid ega paku v lja alternatiivset maailmavaadet, lihtsalt osutab viimase sajandi teadusavastustele kvantf sikast molekulaarbioloogiani, mille valguses need mehhanistlikud postulaadid enam koos ei p si L pptulemusena j b materialistlikust katedraalist alles ksnes pentsik kummitus Nostalgia.M istagi on v ga ebamugav, kui meie maailmakirjelduse vundament laiali pudeneb Rupert Sheldrake on Cambridge i PhD kraadiga bioloog, kelle l bimurre algas kaheksak mnendatel morfogeneetiliste v ljade ja morfilise resonantsi teooriaga teoses The Presence of the Past Vaatamata sellele, et kriitilised k simused materialismile on esitatud v ga kainel toonil, toetudes kontrollitud ja viidastatud faktidele, on Sheldrake i s distatud ebateaduses ja m stitsismis Teda on tsenseerida ja vaigistada p tud isegi TED konverentside korralduskomitee poolt, kelle motoks ometigi on Challenging existing paradigms and redefining values just seesama asi, millega Sheldrake tegeleb Vaigistamisest pole aga abi Need k simused ei kao mitte kusagile.Peeter Laurits, kunstnik

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    1. Half of what's in this quite chunky tome is excellent - the trouble is that I suspect the other bits, which aren't so good, will put off those that really should be reading it.The fundamental message Rupert Sheldrake is trying to get across is that science typically operates in a very blinkered, limited way. And he's right. He shows very convincingly the way that time and again scientists refuse to look at anything outside of a very limited set of possibilities, not because there is good evidenc [...]

    2. Dr Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist with a distinguished track record as fellow of Clare College Cambridge where he served as Director of Studies in cell biology before heading up the Perrott-Warwick Project to investigate human abilities at Trinity College, Cambridge. He has published over 80 peer reviewed scientific papers and ten books. He studied natural sciences at Cambridge University where he got a double first in botany and biology. He then spent a year a Harvard studying the history and [...]

    3. This needs to be two separate reviews. One for past readers of Sheldrake, and one for newbies.Newbies, you get three things here: *The historical background and philosophical/metaphysical background of contemporary scientific ideas. *A collection of areas of scientific thought which have EXPERIMENTAL EVIDENCE which challenge widely held assumptions. *Alternative theories which might explain the challenging evidence.Some people make the mistake of dismissing the first two aspects of the book beca [...]

    4. Upon finishing “The Science Delusion”, I’m left wondering why scientists are so unpopular. In the present US presidential campaign, the viable Republican candidates all run on an anti-science platform. (Don’t believe in evolution; don’t believe in global warming). Opinion polls also indicate a public skeptical of science. In the UK, public confidence in scientists isn’t particularly high either. A scientific endorsement of GM crops doesn't carry very far. According to recent polls, a [...]

    5. Sheldrake has produced here a take on the limitations of science that inhere in a materialist approach to the world and the subject. It is very much the sort of thing one might expect from an author with a strong science background who also has Deepak Chopra on his shelf next to Darwin. In fact, I suspect that his volumes of Darwin have much more dust than do his more iconoclastic authors. I declined to continue reading after chapter 3 (of 12), as I was convinced by the preface, introduction, an [...]

    6. Essential, for me, anyway: a scientist who outs reductive materialism in the sciences as an ideology, rather than a testable hypothesis, and suggests ways to test it. I was raised an atheist, and continue to feel that organized religion is basically superstition used as a form of social control. But as issues of ecology and the survival of natural systems began to seem more crucial to me, I began to wonder, is it really possible for people to fight with all their strength to "save" something tha [...]

    7. He should go back and do some more science instead. logic, philosophy not his forte. He starts off on the wrong foot with ten straw men and then claims success when he ( sometimes successfully) shoots them down. This book is annoyingly difficult to read, the writing is accessible enough but digging for the occasional nuggets ( some are really good) in a mountain of fluff is hard work. Some of his comments are really good but way too often he is away with the fairies. His morphogenesis idea is ju [...]

    8. If this book proves nothing else (and it doesn't) it proves that Andy Kaufman is alive and well, and pulling off his greatest prank so far: baffling deep thinkers everywhere by publishing gibberish under the guise of "philosophy". I almost expected to find "had you going there for a while, didn't I?" printed on the final page. This book IS a bad joke, and I can't imagine who could take this string of flawed arguments seriously.

    9. An excellent, thoughtful work that scientists should get a great benefit from. Sheldrake, himself a scientist of good repute, here reminds scientists what the fundamental nature of scientific inquiry is, and restates the limits of scientific knowledge, which many scientists have either forgotten or are too uneducated about their own disciplines to have ever learned in the first place.I am highly amused by the vitriol directed at this book by the self-proclaimed defenders of science. Such people [...]

    10. In the words of John Greenbank, it is "a preposterous confection. It may unsettle some general readers and turn others away from science, but for the scientifically-initiated it is simply incoherent." (philosophynow/issues/93/T)

    11. Most people think science is free from bias and fashion. This is not true. If a scientist does not work within the current paradigms they don't get tenure or get published. In this book Sheldrake takes on ten of the core beliefs that shape science's biases, including "nothing but physical matter exists," "nature has no purpose," and "all matter is unconscious." Sheldrake is a scientist and attacks these beliefs from a scientific perspective. The only problem is the evidence he uses, the experime [...]

    12. Some scientists don't take Sheldrake seriously, but broad-minded scientists do. He challenges several scientific dogmas and orthodoxies that deserve to be examined. Chapter titles indicate the topics he undertakes to explore and question: Is Nature Mechanical? Is the total Amount of Matter and Energy Always the Same? Are the Laws of Nature Fixed? Is Matter Unconscious? Is Nature Purposeless? Is All Biological Inheritance Material? Are Minds Confined to Brains?The subtitle is apropos: freeing the [...]

    13. This is a book thinking people ought to read. It made me realize how much of my worldview, which I confidently (arrogantly?) thought was based on solid reason and a basic grasp of science, was really just dogma that I couldn't defend against Sheldrake's examinations. It doesn't really matter, in my opinion, whether one ultimately comes out doubting their previous views and considering new ones, or if they reinforce the old and make it stronger; either way, this book will challenge people's perce [...]

    14. I am sorry, but any book that proclaims to be about science, then tries to squeeze anecdotal "evidence" by me gets an instant failure. I only got as far as the third chapter before I called it quits on this author who makes unproved assumptions in his meandering prose on what he thinks is wrong with science. I did try to give him a chance, but I knew before the end of the first chapter that this book was going to be hard going for me to try to retain an open mind on.

    15. Years ago I was fascinated by Sheldrake's theories on morphic resonance, and my own concept of the world has been influenced by him. It seems to sit very comforably alongside teachings of the Buddha. When the author was in Brighton this week I was delighted to hear him speak about this new book, and to acquire a signed copy. It might take a while to plough through it. There is a lot to think about in this new offering of the Sheldrake view of the world.

    16. This book was simply boooooring and uninspired. I finished the book have gained no greater understanding of anything. That is not to say that I had nothing to learn. It's just really hard to latch on to these concepts when the author/narrator make everything sound so bland. This guy really shouldn't be talking about science.

    17. Nothing here but straw man arguments against so-called materialists. Pseudoscience posing as real science yet failing, at least for those who do not believe in the supernatural. This book is aimed at a specific audience who are likely confused about science and already angry towards mainstream science.

    18. An important discussion of where scientific enquiry has been hampered by the politics of science. This book points out some of the fundamental misdirections that are generally accepted as scientific fact.

    19. Overall a good read but generally the tone gets more and more strawmannish towards the end of each of the ten questions he sets out to explore.

    20. If there’s bias in scientific experiments, it’s usually put down to something subtle but essentially mundane - subconscious cues in the behaviour of experimenters being picked up by their subjects, for instance. In a characteristically radical claim, Rupert Sheldrake suggests we should be looking for much more exotic causes like “mind-over-matter effects or psychokinesis”. The vast majority of scientists would scoff: we don’t need to worry about effects that seem more like magic than s [...]

    21. This is a book that I wish more people would read, not just readers like you and I, but scientists and editors of science journals. Science has dug itself a materialistic hole and refuses to get out of it, but just keep on digging the hole deeper and deeper. More than humans have feelings, thoughts and consciousness. Anyone who has ever owned a dog or cat or lived on a small farm where animals are not treated like commodities, knows that animals are not automated beings; they have emotional live [...]

    22. This book will hopefully begin a discussion amongst academics about the bad habits that the scientific community have developed, especially regarding those dogmas that are considered unquestionable. Sheldrake makes a convincing case not that there is a supernatural, but that the principles and dogmas of materialism haven't been adequately established scientifically, and have failed to explain certain phenomena. There's so much good stuff in this book, on so many different topics, including anima [...]

    23. This is an important contribution to science. And if you (without reading it) are willing to dismiss it as pseudo-science, you might want to check what it is that made you trigger that automatic defense mode. And this is exactelly the point. The bigger context for this, today, is the one that got us into, for instance, such things as the terrible rise of modern creationism, that has millions and millions of dollars invested so that a child can be raised into an adult without ever being "exposed" [...]

    24. This was so interesting! Recommended to anyone with an open mind and an interest in science. I want this book to change the culture and standards of science.

    25. Having just recently read Kelly Mitchell's excellent [[ASIN:1897244681 Spiritual Autopsy of Science and Religion]], I was happy to see Rupert Sheldrake had a new book on a similar theme. It turns out, Sheldrake's book covers some of the same ground as Mitchell: cosmology, medicine, genetics, philosophy. According to Sheldrake, the practice of science is at a crossroads. While many of the tenets of materialism have been challenged by new discoveries, scientists cling to an outmoded philosophy - m [...]

    26. Most other reviews will give you a general idea of what the book is about and what Sheldrake is trying to achieve or rather convey with this book, so I will spare my opinion on those aspects for this review would look all too repetitive otherwise.I will however tell you about the great density of knowledge that is provided by Sheldrake. He's as excellent of a writer as he is a scientist so the book has a flow comparable to a well written story. It guides you through the timeline of science and p [...]

    27. This is one of the best books I've read. I think it came as a reaction to 'The God Delusion' by Dawkins. This book not only sets forth evidence in favor of God's existence but also acquaints the reader with the current scientific dilemma. If I were to compare Dawkins' book and Sheldrake's, I would say that Dawkins did nothing but restate the old arguments against God's existence. On the other hand, Sheldrake supports his stand by current evidence from science and philosophy. It's really inspirin [...]

    28. Man, what a mixed bag - I really want to give this 2.5 stars. There's some good material in here and I recommend the penultimate chapter on the messiness of scientific research and publication. If only Sheldrake had been able to concentrate on discussing the problems with rigid doctrinaire scientific materialism, this would have been an interesting and provocative read. But partway into almost every chapter he finds an excuse to start pushing his own pet theory, morphic resonance, which is uncon [...]

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