It All Goes By So Fast, Matthew

A few years ago, Nana and I were talking about how life was when she was a kid. It was a very different world on the farm she grew up on. In the middle of her story, Nana paused and looked at me and said, “It all goes by so fast, Matthew”. She was right.…

Vision of a Fundamentally Different Future

The following is an except from the book, From Healthcare at a Turning Point: A Roadmap for Change by Rita E. Numerof. It’s the year 2024. It’s hard to believe that just a decade ago there was intense debate about healthcare in the United States. Today, we have more options than were ever available before.…

Creationism vs. Evolution: The Debate

Bill Nye and Ken Ham debated the origins of life last night live from the Creationist Museum in Kentucky. The great success of the debate was to inform and raise awareness of how vital science is to our future. Nye made this point many times in the debate. In the end, theism and atheism are…

Turtles All the Way Down

I first read the phrase “Turtles All the Way Down” in a book by Stephen Hawking. According to the story, a big name scientist was giving a lecture on astronomy. After the lecture, an elderly lady came up and told the scientist that he had it all wrong. ‘The world is really a flat plate…

Inequality for All

We’re in the biggest economic slump since the Great Depression, and we can’t seem to get out of it. Why? Because, exactly as in the 1920s, so much of the nation’s income and wealth are going to the top, that the vast middle class doesn’t have the purchasing power to keep the economy going. I’ve…

Scientists Claim That Quantum Theory Proves Consciousness

A book titled “Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness Are the Keys to Understanding the Nature of the Universe” has stirred up the Internet, because it contained a notion that life does not end when the body dies, and it can last forever. The author of this publication, scientist Dr. Robert Lanza who was voted the…

The 10 Dogmas of Science

The science delusion is the nature of reality in principle, leaving only the details to be filled in. This is a persistent delusion within science. Many times in the history of science people have thought that our understanding of nature is almost complete. Today, there are many people who think that science already understands the…

Top 25 Science Stories of 2013

[post_intro]From Science News: Last year it was easy to choose a story to lead our annual Top 25 list. The discovery of the Higgs boson was a watershed moment, ending a decades-long quest by thousands of physicists to fully describe the subatomic realm.[/post_intro] This year, nothing so momentous came to pass. But science isn’t just…

Electric Universe 2013: The Tipping Point

This is Part 1 of a talk by Sheldrake at the conference Electric Universe 2013: The Tipping Point, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Many scientists like to think that science already understands the ways of the natural world. The fundamental questions are answered, leaving only the details to be filled in. The impressive achievements of science…

The 20 Things I Learned in 2013

That sleep helps clean our brain. Or in the words of the journal Science, “Observations showed that when mice sleep, channels between neurons in their brains expand, allowing cerebrospinal fluid to flush out detritus, such as proteins that in human beings are associated with Alzheimer’s disease.” (Source) How truly symbiotic animals we are. “Researchers have…

To Be Loved or Feared?

[post_intro]In early sixteenth century, Machiavelli asks, “Of cruelty and mercy, and whether it is better to be loved than to be feared or the contrary?”[/post_intro] Here is his answer, from The Prince: Turning to the other qualities mentioned above, let me say that every prince must desire to be considered merciful and not cruel; nevertheless,…

Blackfish Tonight

Sea World in San Diego amazed me. I was completely mesmerized by the Killer Whales and watched them swim around the pool for most of the day. Tonight, I watched the documentary Blackfish. Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela…

The Science of Interconnectedness

Sheldrake proposes that “memory” is inherent in cells, and that life exhibits “evolutionary habits,” a quality that Darwin also noted. “Cells come from other cells and inherit fields of organization” and that morphogenesis innately depends on organizing those fields, which he refers to as morphic fields. For instance, since the genetic basis of cell reproduction…

Nelson Mandela: 1918 – 2013

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela From CNN: Word of Nelson Mandela’s death spread quickly across the United States, bringing with it a mix of reverence and grief for a man who was born in South Africa but in the end belonged to the…

The Coca-Cola Co. Does Not need Atlanta

After Martin Luther King Jr. won the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, plans for an interracial celebration in still-segregated Atlanta were not initially well supported by the city’s business elite until J. Paul Austin intervened. In his memoir, activist and former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young wrote: J. Paul Austin, the chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola, and…

Here We Shall Drag Them

The Harpies’ first appearance in Greek literature is incongruously charming. For Hesiod, they are goddesses of the scudding storm clouds, “lovely-haired,” keeping pace “on their swift wings with the blasts of the winds and the birds.” Later the nastier implications of their name “Snatchers” take over. The classical Harpies are monsters, birds with women’s faces,…

Democratize Science!

Let the public decide on the fate of 1% of our science budget. In the 19th century, Charles Darwin was just one of the many independent researchers who, not reliant on grants or constrained by the conservative pressures of anonymous peer review, did stunningly original work. That kind of freedom and independence has become almost…

A Book for Burning?

[post_intro]John Maddox says of Rupert Sheldrake’s work, “I was so offended by it that I said and I said that while it’s wrong that book should be burned. In practice, if book burning were allowed this book would be a candidate. I think it’s dangerous that people should be allowed by our liberal societies to…

Accessing the Mystic: The Via Negativa

[post_intro]What happens when a Cambridge-trained scientist and a revolutionary priest join forces to probe the mystery of spiritual experience? The answer lies in Accessing the Mystic, an unprecedented video featuring Dr. Rupert Sheldrake and Matthew Fox. Each drawing from his own tradition, these radical thinkers reveal how they traveled their respective paths — and ultimately…

The Messiahs: Mithras, Osiris, and Apollonius

[post_intro]A long time ago, in a land far away, a child was born. He was the son of a god and a mortal woman, and he used his miraculous powers to do good and to serve others. Tragically, he was betrayed and was killed by his enemies. But ultimately he rose from death and rejoined…

The Art of Data Visualization from PBS

Humans have a powerful capacity to process visual information, skills that date far back in our evolutionary lineage. And since the advent of science, we have employed intricate visual strategies to communicate data, often utilizing design principles that draw on these basic cognitive skills. In a modern world where we have far more data than…

Brian Greene’s The Fabric of the Cosmos

PBS posted the full episodes of The Fabric of the Cosmos. A four-hour series based on the book by renowned physicist and author Brian Greene, takes us to the frontiers of physics to see how scientists are piecing together the most complete picture yet of space, time, and the universe. With each step, audiences will…

I Died On the Operating Table Last Night

I was being wheeled into the operating room. The hospital staff were running along side the gurney. I had sustained a massive injury to my head and I was unconscious, probably in a coma. Somehow I was still hyperaware of everything that was going on around me and I knew that I could heal myself…

Epigenetics and the Influence of Our Genes

Each mammalian cell has the same genes, yet performs distinct functions. This is achieved by epigenetic control of gene expression; the switching on and switching off of genes. This course will cover the principles of epigenetic control of gene expression, how epigenetic control contributes to cellular differentiation and development, and how it goes wrong in…