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Summary

The science delusion is the belief that science already understands the nature of reality. The fundamental questions are answered, leaving only the details to be filled in.

In this book, Dr Rupert Sheldrake, one of the world's most innovative scientists, shows that science is being constructed by assumptions that have hardened into dogmas. The sciences would be better off without them: freer, more interesting, and more fun.

According to the dogmas of science, all reality is material or physical. The world is a machine, made up of dead matter. Nature is purposeless. Consciousness is nothing but the physical activity of the brain. Free will is an illusion. God exists only as an idea in human minds; imprisoned within our skulls. But should science be a belief-system, or a method of enquiry?

Sheldrake shows that the materialist ideology is moribund; under its sway, increasingly expensive research is reaping diminishing returns. In the sceptical spirit of true science, Sheldrake turns the 10 fundamental dogmas of materialism into exciting questions, and shows how all of them open up startling new possibilities.

The Science Delusion will radically change your view of what is possible. And give you new hope for the world.

©2012 Rupert Sheldrake (P)2012 Hodder & Stoughton

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  • Oxlit
  • Oxford, England
  • 16-12-16

An outstanding contribution

This work offers an outstanding contribution to the public understanding of science. It explores the philosophy of science with an ease that makes the subject accessible to the lay reader without dumbing down.

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Excellent...

Really insightful, non-bias and shockingly informative. a worthwhile read for anyone with an open mind..

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Credible challenge to the assumptions of science

Excellent book if a bit heavy in parts. Sheldrake is clearly very intelligent and a creative and open minded individual. This book is a brilliant read and I'd recommend it to everyone who assumes, like I have, that science is a definitive source of knowledge with a methodology that is clear, precise and objective. The book challenges (successfully) ten key assumptions of the materialist view, and in doing so takes the reader into a world of possibilities and alternative views. His own theory is testable while mainstream assumptions are sometimes not. He offers suggest for a way ahead and a hope of greater understanding of how the universe and those in it really 'work'.

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Mind opening

As a the head of a Chemistry department this book made me confront a few uncomfortable assumptions I had made in my world view. Whether all of Sheldrake's theories will stand the test of time remain to be seen. However, the questions that he asks of both reader and the scientific community remain valid regardless.

The true spirit of science is alive here.

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Necessary counterargument to scientific dogma

The 10 arguments levelled at science are compelling and social implications interesting. It is refreshing to listen to an accomplished scientist reflecting on the strengths and weaknesses of scientific philosophy.

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Shattered my preconceived perception of reality

Don't read unless you want to rethink everything you think you know. I loved it.

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fantastic read

Fantastic read, not an anti science book at all as the title 'may' suggest .. opens your mind!

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Helped me see how I've been fed a line my whole life

Brilliant piece of work. A must-listen for anyone that wants to understand the roots of scientific dogma that's pumped throughout the media by bodies such as the BBC

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Definitely worth an open-minded listen but DYOR

A soft-spoken polemic against militant materialism. It goes too far the other way imho. At its best when pointing out short-comings in contemporary scientific orthodoxy, a bit 'meh' when hinting at alternative narratives. Some, but by no means all, of the research Sheldrake refers to is on the thin side. So I wouldn't recommend taking any of it to heart without Doing Your On Research first. I also have favoured suspects as to which of the 'heresies' are makeweights to bring them up to a nice round 10. Not perfect, probably a four star book, but it gets an extra star for its irritant qualities. And props to Sheldrake for narrating his own book. A couple of cups of coffee could have perked his delivery up, just a tad.

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excellent book

This is the first Rupert Sheldrake book I have ever read/listened to, and it is just as insightful and well written as I would have expected. I only heard of him because Ted banned a talk from their website,where Rupert was discussing the same themes he covers in this book....best publicity he could have hoped for. and the irony of that is beautiful. I would recommend this book to anyone who finds it hard to believe in the sanctity of the scientific method, given the wilfully biased views of scientists. this book explains where scientists have gone wrong, both in the past and now. I would also say he may well have the right answers, and the rest of the scientific community would benefit by taking a page from this book. I paid for this book and it was well worth it, I intend to listen again.

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  • DanielSmith
  • 30-01-13

A real eye opener

What made the experience of listening to The Science Delusion the most enjoyable?

I usually fall asleep listening to science related audio books due to the boring monotonous tone, but the narrators did a great job to keep the listen professional. On top of that the Rupert has really researched his material and came up with very valid arguments.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Great summary with some possible ways to take science forward.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

They were all professional, but Rupert is well spoken and very pleasant to listen to.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

A couple of eye openers.

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  • Sean
  • 26-11-12

Rethink Your Reality

Where does The Science Delusion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This audio book was narrated by Rupert Sheldrake, so the emphasis and pose was perfect. The message would have been blurred by anyone else

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Science Delusion?

The most memorable part was the consistent way in which the construction of all points of view was built up and then new material added as a logical extension

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This book is a little heavy in places. I didn't listen to all 12 hours in one sitting, but was captured enough to re-visit points when uncertain

Any additional comments?

This book has inspired further reading for myself, and has opened my mind to the current science Dogma. Thank-you Mr. Sheldrake.

Note: Only 4 stars on performance due to an American accent that may have only been rivaled by my Australian attempt at it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-07-13

Will open up you mind

Would you listen to The Science Delusion again? Why?

Sure, to learn the details again.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Superb reading by Sheldrake himself. The humility and scientific interest can be heard in his voice.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes