Category: Science

Launch Your Career in Data Science

Ask the right questions, manipulate data sets, and create visualizations to communicate results. This Coursera Specialization covers the concepts and tools you’ll need throughout the entire data science pipeline, from asking the right kinds of questions to making inferences and publishing results. In the final Capstone Project, you’ll apply the skills learned by building a ...

The Science Delusion: Why Materialism is not the Answer

Since 1981, Dr. Rupert Sheldrake has been researching morphic fields – his hypothesis about form-giving, immaterial fields which serve as a kind of blueprint for creation. Although he succeeded to find more and more evidence supporting his case, his hypothesis has been mainly rejected by the mainstream scientific community. In his lecture “The Science Delusion”, ...

Laniakea: Our Home Supercluster

Analysis of galaxies shows local supercluster to be 100 times larger than previously thought. The supercluster of galaxies that includes the Milky Way is 100 times bigger in volume and mass than previously thought, a team of astronomers says. They have mapped the enormous region and given it the name Laniakea — Hawaiian for ‘immeasurable ...

Evidence for Cosmic Inflation Theory Bites the (Space) Dust

In online French documents briefly released and then removed last night and confirmed by the European Space Agency today, physicists have announced that last year’s much-publicized ‘discovery’ of gravitational waves embedded in the ‘echo’ of the Big Bang was a misstep. Preempting the official research paper that is planned to be published next week, the ...

What if Age Is Nothing but a Mind-Set?

Placebo effects have already been proven to work on the immune system. But this study could show for the first time that they work in a different way — that is, through an act of will. “As far as we know today, the placebo responses in the immune system are attributable to unconscious classical conditioning,” ...

Drop Into Water

The Phenomenon of Consciousness

From The Consciousness Chronicles. The phenomenon of consciousness is fundamental to our existence, yet it remains the most profound mystery we can imagine. Down through the ages, generations of scientists, philosophers, mystics and poets have gone in search for a deeper understanding of consciousness and the true nature of reality, whether through scientific research, reasoning ...

Do Natural Laws Evolve Over Time?

This 30 min talk from the How The Light Gets In festival, 2014, is one of the best non-technical summaries of the idea that nature forms habits rather than laws, evolving overtime through morphic resonance.

Epigenetics: The Sins of the Father

The roots of inheritance may extend beyond the genome, but the mechanisms remain a puzzle. As a postdoc in Kerry Ressler’s laboratory at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, Brian Dias had spent much of the two years before his son’s birth studying these kinds of questions in mice. Specifically, he looked at how fear associated ...

Rupert Sheldrake on Joe Rogan Experience

From Rupert’s newsletter: “In Los Angeles I had a remarkable two-and-a-half hour conversation with Joe Rogan, the host of an immensely popular podcast, with a mainly young-male demographic. Joe is a martial arts expert and commentator on UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). Not my usual scene. Joe was very keen for me to be on his ...

Voices from the Edge: Extended Minds

Rupert Sheldrake in a Voices from the Edge presentation in London on the extended mind. Our minds seem to extend far beyond our brains. Many experiments have now shown that people can influence others at a distance just by looking at them, even when all normal sensory clues are eliminated. The sense of being stared ...

Flocks, Fields, Teams and Telepathy

Rupert Sheldrake in Dialogue with Craig Hamilton – The remarkable dance of birds in flight, the bonds between people and their pets, the creative synergy of a sports team in flow—these are but a few of the examples that this pioneering biologist uses to illustrate how social animals create fields of connection. In fact, Sheldrake ...

An Airborne Ebola Mutation?

Today, the Ebola virus spreads only through direct contact with bodily fluids, such as blood and vomit. But some of the nation’s top infectious disease experts worry that this deadly virus could mutate and be transmitted just by a cough or a sneeze. Airborne diseases are spread when droplets of pathogens are expelled into the ...

Rediscovering God with Rupert Sheldrake

Many people used to think that belief in God would disappear with the advance of science. But that has not happened, and some prominent atheists are now trying to reinvent religion. What is going on? Is the universe ultimately conscious or unconscious? And if consciousness pervades all nature, how does it work? A talk by ...

The Triple Aim

The Triple Aim: Care, Health, And Cost

Improving the U.S. health care system requires simultaneous pursuit of three aims: improving the experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing per capita costs of health care. Preconditions for this include the enrollment of an identified population, a commitment to universality for its members, and the existence of an organization (an “integrator”) ...

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 ...

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 ...

Do I have Φ?

Panpsychism, the ancient doctrine that consciousness is universal, offers some lessons in how to think about subjective experience today. Unlike classical panpsychism, not all physical objects have a Φ that is different from zero. Only integrated systems do. A bunch of disconnected neurons in a dish, a heap of sand, a galaxy of stars or ...

The Closing of the Scientific Mind

From David Gelernter in Commentary Magazine: “The huge cultural authority science has acquired over the past century imposes large duties on every scientist. Scientists have acquired the power to impress and intimidate every time they open their mouths, and it is their responsibility to keep this power in mind no matter what they say or ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

Edward Tufte

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 ...