The Journal of Consciousness Studies (JCS) has just released its latest issue. The entire issue is devoted to exploring some of Sheldrake’s most controversial ideas. I would like to applaud the courage of Anthony Freeman in publishing the latest issue of JCS. I think the correlation Freeman makes between science and religion is still true; the most dogmatic and close minded professions in our world are still science and religion.
I’ve followed Sheldrake’s work since the early 90’s and have found his ideas opening up my world view of both science and nature. Sheldrake’s work is based on exploring the unexplained. He doesn’t seem attached to his theories as much as to the questions those theories are trying to answer. Though I majored in cognitive science as an undergraduate, I’m not a scientists, I’m in business. One of the beautiful things about business is that people don’t pay much attention to theories. Business is highly pragmatic and will always go with the solution that works – even if a new idea defies common sense and everything we know, if it works, it will be implemented.
When I talk to common people (not those indoctrinated in the way we’re “supposed” to think) they take for granted the ideas that Sheldrake puts forward. “Of course my pet knows when I’m coming home.” “Of course I know when I’m being stared at, everyone does.” The problem with science today is there is no accepted theory to explain how these things work. Therefore, to hell with the facts if they don’t fit the theory. If businesses followed this logic, they would all be bankrupt. I fear that science today is bankrupt. Not bankrupt of talent, because the number brilliant people in science is staggering, but bankrupt of creativity and passion.
I know many JCS readers also read the journal Nature. Nature recently released a list of 125 major questions facing science today. These are not trivial problems. The idea that science has figured out the whole of nature is laughable. It seems to me we’re just beginning to understand what’s going on. There is plenty of room in science for alternative views. After all, science is seeking the truth, isn’t it?
Find out more at The Journal of Consciousness Studies and read the full-text papers at Sheldrake Online.