Rupert Sheldrake Talks About the Lack of Credibility of Modern Science

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In a fascinating podcast entitled “Beyond Physicalism,” Mark Vernon interviews famed radical biologist Rupert Sheldrake:

Sheldrake talks of a new “humility” in science. This emerges from some of the recent research which indicates that the file drawer effect in science is far more pronounced than previously thought, and that a great many of the experiments in science are not repeatable.

The file drawer effect is the tendency for researchers to publish only results that support their research agendas or personal biases.


Sheldrake claims that psychic science (parapsychology) is actually the leader in helping to establish open and accountable scientific protocols, as they have had to deal with accusations of the file drawer effect for many years. Now it turns out that mainstream science itself has a widespread problem in this respect.

Sheldrake mentions the “questionable research practices” which underpin the loss of confidence in science – scientists only publish 5-10% of their data. This means there is scope for tremendous distortion. One recent study by a pharmaceutical company attempted replication of 50 top papers in medical journals, and found that 45 were not replicable.

Sheldrake says that the problem is also present in psychology and chemistry, where many experiments are not replicable.

Sheldrake mentions philosopher Mathew Colborn, who points out that psychology and science encourages us not to believe our own minds – there is a systematic attempt to distrust such experiences. We are training educated people not to trust their own experience, but instead trust scientific authority. Yet as we are now beginning to understand, the latter has a whole culture of distortion and denial, and many of its own experiments are not replicable.

Thus many ideas and beliefs common to mainstream sciences are actually grounded on unstable foundations, despite the fact that most laymen assume them to be solid.

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Marcus

Marcus T Anthony, PhD is the author of ten books about human awakening, including Discover Your Soul Template. He is also a life coach and teacher of profound intuition. His web site is www.mind-futures.co

Marcus T Anthony, PhD is the author of ten books about human awakening, including Discover Your Soul Template. He is also a life coach and teacher of profound intuition. His web site is www.mind-futures.co

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  1. 10206616598427056@facebook.com' Pa Ka Ba says:

    We need more beings like Shaldrake in the present world…

    • 111938435827705@facebook.com' Jase Thompson says:

      Yes…..but we need less of the “if you can’t prove it with physical evidence and peer reviewed studies, then it either doesnt exist or it’s ‘pseudoscience'” kind of scientists first. Any time I hear the word “pseudoscience”, I start taking an interest in the subject, as it is probably true and being methodically attacked by morons who truly belive degrees make them more highly evolved. When in truth, they are just more indoctrinated into a system with less real world experience.

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