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'The Science Delusion' was published on 1 January 2012 in the UK. I remember queuing up at a talk given in London by the author book to launch his book, only to discover that all the seats had been sold out and they couldn't let me in; I should have booked a ticket in advance. I was disappointed; as a member of the Scientific and Medical Network, I knew from previous presentations given by Rupert Sheldrake for the SMN, that he is an engrossing speaker with a wide range of interests. So I had to settle for downloading 'The Science Delusion' as an e-book rather than getting an autographed hard cover as I hoped. Nevertheless, it turned out to be such an interesting read that I finished it in next to no time and it came as no surprise to me that 'The Science Delusion' was selected as SMN book of the year in 2013.

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.
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As an erstwhile physicist, but more essentially a seeker of truth, it has become apparent to me that in many respects the way science is frequently conducted resembles more a faith based religion than open minded objective (or even subjective) enquiry. It has in many ways become as non-cognisant of the underlying assumptions its models rest upon as the certainties endemic in religion 300 years ago and now reigns similarly unchallenged and is likewise tempted to an inflated confidence bordering on arrogance.

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.
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One of the best books I have ever read. You can tell that Rupert's thinking is out of the box. I have read this book three times already, I am reading it for the fourth time as every time I read something I missed the last time around. I cannot recommend it enough, it will make you think that's for sure.
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As the author of [...] I get dozens of books from writers hoping to either bridge the gap between the two fields, or use one to ridicule and negate the other.

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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