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- Listening Length: 12 hours and 51 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 12 July 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008KNAXXI
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The Science Delusion Audio Download – Unabridged
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Published in the US on 4 September 2012 as Science Set Free: 10 Paths to New Discovery, this book summarises much of Sheldrake's previous work and advances a broader critique of philosophical materialism.
Its title apparently mimics that of 'The God Delusion' by one of his critics, Richard Dawkins. However, In an interview with Fortean Times, Sheldrake denied that Dawkins' book was the inspiration for his own, saying, "The title was at the insistence of my publishers, and the book will be re-titled in the USA as Science Set Free... Dawkins is a passionate believer in materialist dogma, but the book is not a response to him".
In the introduction to 'The Science Delusion', Sheldrake insists that this book is pro-science and that his intention is liberate the field from the dogmas that constrict it. he then goes on to list what he calls the ten core beliefs that most scientists take for granted.Read more ›
The potential for wasted time, effort and resources in this are obvious, though I fully acknowledge the manifest benefits that the technological application of scientific discoveries has brought to the human condition. Bad science will never get us to truth. Good science (requiring the toleration of great uncertainty and the ongoing retention of the awareness of the underlying assumptions and therefore the qualified nature of the conclusions drawn) might get us eventually to ultimate truth and it might then harmonise with what might be called "good religion" i.e. the, as yet, uncovered meanings in some of the mystical material therein. The over-arching requirement that postulated fact should be demonstrable would remain (i.e. the essence of the scientific method would survive) but it is unlikely that it would look like the system of science practiced in the last 300 years. We will have to abandon (further abandon) the "luxury" of perceiving ourselves as outside the field of observation (the experiment, if you like) but that's another issue.Read more ›
Finally, at long last, after fifteen years, here is the first credible, thoughtful, perceptive and imaginative book by a scientific mind which explains why science is floundering on all fronts, and why its chief proponents seem so strangely detached from reality. It turns out they are! Science has decayed from an intriguing humanitarian investigation, coloured and directed with feeling and intuition - the chief levers by which original discoveries were made - to a dry, unreadable chore in which the self is actually abandoned. As a result, science is losing its credibility at precisely the same rate at which it is chopping up and dispensing with its humanity.
As Sheldrake points out, the scientific habit of presenting experimental activity as if it performed itself, without a thinking being at the helm, is a deceptive front intended to feign impartiality. But because the performer disappears, it causes the audience, too, to wander off disinterested.
This steady reductionism has caused science itself to be left behind by the advancing human mind, like a sandcastle eroded by the tide. The book shows how imaginative and adventurous science COULD be. And it turns out science turns out as an adventure where the human mind itself mingles with reality. This is a book anyone in the sciences should read, today, before that coffee, before they do anything else.
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A superb book by Brian Goodwin, sadly, his final one. A book which is stimulating and thought provoking.Published 17 days ago by sheila preston
What a waste of money. The first couple of pages generate interest from any critical thinker, whetting the appetite for some really deep stuff .... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
That is an excellent read, I never thought the author was such a good writer and made so many good points at so many different levels, the author chooses to analyse 10 scientific... Read morePublished 4 months ago by carlo sansolo
I knew of R.Sheldrake's thoughts and ideas for years now but never really owned or read any of his works. Read morePublished 10 months ago by kwabena2
Potentially this could be a fascinating book, but Sheldrake promotes his "morphic resonance" hypothesis too much for me. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lady reader