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A wide ranging discussion of consciousness at the intersection of science and spirituality with Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, a biologist and author best known for his hypothesis of morphic resonance. At Cambridge University Rupert worked in developmental biology as a Fellow of Clare College. He was Principal Plant Physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics in Hyderabad, India. From 2005 to 2010 he was Director of the Perrott-Warrick project for research on unexplained human and animal abilities, funded by Trinity College, Cambridge.

Navigating Consciousness with Rupert Sheldrake Rupert Sheldrake

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 49 Ratings

A wide ranging discussion of consciousness at the intersection of science and spirituality with Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, a biologist and author best known for his hypothesis of morphic resonance. At Cambridge University Rupert worked in developmental biology as a Fellow of Clare College. He was Principal Plant Physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics in Hyderabad, India. From 2005 to 2010 he was Director of the Perrott-Warrick project for research on unexplained human and animal abilities, funded by Trinity College, Cambridge.

    Presentiment: Waking Before Alarms, Making Millions Through Day Trading

    Presentiment: Waking Before Alarms, Making Millions Through Day Trading

    Most people have had the experience of waking soon before an alarm clock goes off and some can even wake before a specified time without an alarm. The usual assumption is that this depends on an exquisitely sensitive time sense, but Rupert argues that it may be explained better in terms of presentiment, or ‘feeling the future’, or even in terms of an ‘extended present’. 

    We already know that our sense of the present is not a mathematical instant, but has width, and perhaps it widens over ranges of seconds to include portions of the near future, Presentiment is now a well-established phenomenon in laboratory experiments, carried out at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Cornell University and elsewhere, and may be widely distributed among people and non-human animals. 

    It could play an important part in everyday life, and become especially significant in fast-moving sports like downhill skiing, tennis and ping pong. Some people may make use of this ability in day trading where they make decisions on movements of the markets over very short time periods, sometimes only a few seconds. 

    Rupert discusses how this ability could potentially be trained, enabling airline pilots and racing drivers to be better prepared for potential accidents, and helping some people to get rich quick – as some day traders already have – by using intuitive abilities that cannot be duplicated by computers. 


    References
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    An Experiment with Time
    by John William Dunne
    https://archive.org/details/AnExperimentWithTimeEbook
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    Listen to the Animals: Why did so many animals escape December's tsunami?
    https://www.sheldrake.org/tsunami
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    Predicting the unpredictable; evidence of pre-seismic anticipatory behaviour in the common toad
    https://www.sheldrake.org/toads
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    Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home
    https://www.sheldrake.org/dogs
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    Unconscious Perception of Future Emotions: An Experiment in Presentiment
    by Dean Radin, Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol. 11, No. 2, pp. 163-180, 1997
    https://www.sheldrake.org/RadinPresentiment

    • 50 min
    My scientific explorations through fieldwork in Asia and Europe

    My scientific explorations through fieldwork in Asia and Europe

    March 18th, 2024
    University College London Expeditions and Fieldwork Society

    In this talk given Rupert Sheldrake explores the allure of expeditions and fieldwork, delving into his own adventures exploring Mayan ruins in Mexico and studying tropical plants in Malaysia. Throughout the talk he illustrates how these experiences broadened his scientific and spiritual horizons, connecting this intrinsic human curiosity to our ancestral hunter-gatherer roots.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    The Science Delusion: TEDx Whitechapel, the "banned" talk

    The Science Delusion: TEDx Whitechapel, the "banned" talk

    TEDx Whitechapel, Jan 12, 2013

    The theme for the night was Visions for Transition: Challenging existing paradigms and redefining values (for a more beautiful world). In response to protests from two hardcore materialists in the US, the talk was taken out of circulation by TED, relegated to a corner of their website and stamped with a warning label.

    Room for discussion was made, but those who condemned the talk never showed up. The vast majority of those who spoke out were outraged, including those who'd never heard of morphic resonance. Ironically, at the time of removal the video had a modest 35,000 views on YouTube; since then, its clones have been watched over 7 million times. The video has been translated into 24 languages by generous members of the YouTube community. 

    Read more: https://www.sheldrake.org/ted

    • 18 min
    Desert Island Discs in Hampstead: Music in Rupert’s Life

    Desert Island Discs in Hampstead: Music in Rupert’s Life

    Modelled on the BBC radio series, this long-standing local programme was produced live by a group in Hampstead, London, in 2023. As the castaway  on a theoretical desert island, Rupert could bring with him eight pieces of music (listed below), a few books, and one luxury item.

    1:07 If you had not been a scientist what would you have been?
    2:27 Getting to the island

    4:47 Bach, Mass in B minor (Gloria)
    7:25 Purcell, Music for a While 
    16:47 Monteverdi, Madrigal
    24:33 Beatles, Because
    36:41 Subbulakshi, Devotional Song
    45:07 Mozart, Laudate Dominum
    54:55 Cosmo Sheldrake, Solar Walz
    1:03:19 Tallis, Salvator Mundi, Hampstead Parish Church Choir

    Some music was cut for copyright reasons, or poor audio quality.
    Here's the playlist on Youtube: 
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQNvVzO_W4EzTopdM6ZxrrYBQoIvhxNGe

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Psychedelics and Consciousness, University of Sussex

    Psychedelics and Consciousness, University of Sussex

    A lecture for the Psychedelic Research Society at the University of Sussex, Nov 6th, 2023.

    https://www.facebook.com/sussex.uni.psychesociety/

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Dr Iain McGilchrist - The Intersection of Consciousness and Matter

    Dr Iain McGilchrist - The Intersection of Consciousness and Matter

    This was recorded at the Beyond the Brain 2023 conference, by The Scientific and Medical Network: https://scientificandmedical.net/

    Video is also available here: https://youtu.be/KyNgE6RsGnw

    Iain McGilchrist and Rupert Sheldrake delve into a spectrum of profound subjects, touching upon the essential role of spirituality in human endeavors, the revitalization of spiritual practices, and the fundamental structure of the cosmos. They discuss panpsychism's implications for the interconnection of consciousness and matter, the enduring nature of memory, the archetypal forms that underpin our reality, and the subtle energy fields that animate existence. The conversation also navigates the terrain of values and the purpose they serve in our lives.

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 Ratings

Tami proust lover ,

He’s Brilliant

He is the future of Science his books are must reads!

Binkybinkythump ,

Dr. Sheldrake is the most interesting scientist alive

Love the panel discussion format. This is like a really good meal for the mind. I carry the ideas around with me long after listening and it nourishes my spirit too. Also love the Sheldrake Vernon Dialogues.

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