Glorious Accident Interview with Rupert Sheldrake

“Through no fault of our own, and by dint of no cosmic plan or conscious purpose, we have become, by the power of a glorious evolutionary accident called intelligence, the stewards of life’s continuity on earth. We did not ask for this role, but we cannot abjure it. We may not be suited to such responsibility, but here we are.” -Stephen Jay Gould

Ever wanted to know Rupert Sheldrake’s thoughts on some of the most basic questions about life?

  1. What is the nature of our consciousness?
  2. What concepts has our consciousness developed about our temporal existence?
  3. What will we derive most from our consciousness: knowledge or understanding?
  4. What were the questions that fascinated you when you were growing up?
  5. What questions keep you spellbound today?

From the popular PBS series, A Glorious Accident. This is the complete interview with Dr. Rupert Sheldrake. From the back cover: Some of the most brilliant minds and creative thinkers of our time meet … Oliver Sacks, neurologist, psychiatrist, and author of Awakenings. Rupert Sheldrake, controversial cell biologist and biochemist. Daniel C. Dennett, philosopher of consciousness and author of Consciousness Explained. Stephen Toulmin, physicist and philosopher of science. Freeman Dyson, a physicist with particular interest in mathematics, nuclear physics, and astrophysics. Stephen Jay Gould, paleontologist and popular writer on evolutionary biology all scientists and philosophers, minds of reputed extraordinary scope and imagination, to publish the presumed boundaries of scientific theories and philosophical ideas in a series of unprecedented interviews.

Each interview covers the major ideas, work, philosophy, and questions that confound each of these intellectual giants. The series of six individual interviews concludes with a “clashing of minds” as all six scholars join in a three-hour discussion to ponder the fundamental scientific, philosophical, and ethical questions of our time. Do they have the answers? If they don’t, who does?

[vimeo 34528463 width=480]

Discussion — 7 Responses

  • HEIDI GUEDEL August 16, 2009 on 6:35 pm

    I’m wondering what consideration and/or credence Rupert Sheldrake might accord Dr. Ian Stevenson’s “Children Who Remember Past Lives”.

    Since he alluded to attending church in Hampstead, I take it he might be resistant to theories and research pertaining to possible reincarnation. I hope not, though. I hope he is open to this research and information, since Dr. Stevenson’s research is quite thorough, and scholarly and covers over 40 years of child psychology and investigation carried out in the field in various parts of the world.

    Reply
  • Merwyn Rickey February 21, 2010 on 6:03 pm

    I find Sheldrake very convincing.

    Reply
  • Arjen March 3, 2010 on 5:50 am

    I read about his morphic resonance theory a few years ago.
    Recently i started studying on the quantum entanglement phenomena.
    I surely can recommend that because there are very interesting comparisons possible.

    Reply
  • Algis Kemezys June 24, 2010 on 12:05 am

    These ideas and theories are some of the most thrilling I have ever heard. Upon hearing them they just sound right to me. Thanks for having such a great site.

    Your Fan

    Algis

    Reply
  • Ira June 15, 2011 on 9:19 pm

    This is still the very best television
    “show” I have ever seen , it may have Been 20 years ago but I still remember what RS was wearing , the trees behind him when they interviewed him at his home …
    To me it was like “religion” …

    Reply
  • wayne rice October 11, 2011 on 12:51 pm

    Marvelous! This is a new concept to me, and quite brilliant. Too bad, at least on my PC, that the video stops before the interview concludes. But now that you’ve done it that way, it should be easier for you to learn how to include more of the interview, or all of it before ending the video.
    A morbid thought has occurred to me – how will the military incorporate this idea into its science of death?
    Homo sapiens: ‘best self-destructive force in the cosmos’ may be our legacy, but with gentle, rational, well-thought-out and marvelously articulated presentations like Dr. Sheldrake’s, I remain hopeful that this new perception will be good for the planet.

    Reply