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What is your opinion on Dr Rupert Sheldrake's TED talk on exposing scientific dogmas?

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Exposing Scientific Dogmas is a banned TED Talk given by Dr Rupert Sheldrake, a biologist and author, in which he challenges the idea that science has a full grasp of reality excluding all other explanations and is based on facts and evidence alone. Well worth watching!





Sheldrake argues science is also based on dogmas and assumptions that are not subject to testing or questioning and its scope is limited to empiricism which cannot provide a comprehensive explanation to what is out there. He suggests many of its dogmas are limiting the scope of scientific inquiry and preventing the discovery of new truths.

He gives several examples of scientific dogmas, such as the belief that nature is mechanical and that consciousness is nothing but the activity of the brain. He argues these dogmas are not supported by evidence, and  prevent scientists from considering alternative explanations for phenomena.

Sheldrake also criticizes the peer-review process and the emphasis on quantitative research in science, suggesting that these practices are stifling creativity and innovation. He argues scientists should be more open to new ideas and should not be afraid to question established dogma.

He also touches on the topic of morphic fields, which is his theory that suggests that the forms and behaviors of organisms are shaped by the collective memory of past organisms of the same species. He argues that this theory can help explain phenomena that current scientific dogmas cannot.

In conclusion, his TED talk argues that science is based on dogmas and assumptions that are not subject to testing or questioning, and that this is limiting the scope of scientific inquiry and preventing the discovery of new truths. He asks scientists to be more open to new ideas and not to be afraid to question established dogma to achieve a more holistic understanding of the world.

The response by an establishment institution? The talk was banned for promoting pseudoscience!

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