Subverting the dogma of modern science

By Andi Boggs | February 2, 2016

Science Set Free, a book by Rupert Sheldrake

Rupert Sheldrake, a British research scientist and author of Science Set Free (U.S. edition) Science delusion (U.K. edition) gave a “TED talk” based on his book. His lecture had to do with what he calls the “10 Dogmas of Science” which make up the “default worldview of most educated people around the world." According to Sheldrake, the science delusion is the belief that science already understands the nature of reality in principle leaving only the details to be filled in. He outlines the 10 dogmas of science, which make up the default worldview of most educated people, and ultimately his purpose in doing so is to show that every one of the dogmas is questionable.

10 Dogmas of Science

  1. Nature is machine like.
  2. Matter is unconscious - no consciousness in stars, plants, or us.
  3. Laws of nature are fixed - they are the same now as they were at the time of Big Bang and will be forever.
  4. Total amount of Matter and Energy is always the same except at the moment of the Big Band when it all sprang into existence from nowhere in a single instant.
  5. Nature is purposeless. Evolutionary process has no purposeful direction.
  6. Biological heredity is material. Everything you inherit is in your genes or … its material.
  7. Memories are stored inside your brain as material traces…
  8. Your mind is inside your head.. all your consciousness is the activity of your brain and nothing more.
  9. Psychic phenomenon like telepathy are impossible, your thoughts and intentions cannot have any effect at a distance because your mind is inside your head. All evidence for psychic evidence is illusory.
  10. Mechanistic medicine is the only kind that really works. That’s why government’s only fund research into mechanistic medicine and ignore complimentary and alternative therapies.

Nearly half of the dogmas which Rupert Sheldrake defines as contributing to the science delusion have to do directly or indirectly with consciousness. One way a person can verify that what Sheldrake says is true is to read a college Anatomy and Physiology text book. While you can find 11 organ systems of the body described in great detail, including the brain, there is no mention of the spirit, which is dismissed as a religious concept by scientists. If our ideas do not come from inside our brains then where do they come from? Are they being transmitted from somewhere else? This would indicate an additional “organ” system that is a function of human consciousness, which extends outside of our brains and into the universe.