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    'Maverick biologist' Rupert Sheldrake thinks there is a big problem in science, caused by those who employ it as a belief system, rather than using it as a method of inquiry. He thinks science is being held back by the former, and in his soon-to-be-released book Science Set Free (already available in the UK as The Science Delusion) he offers the "ten dogmas of science" that he thinks need to be treated with more suspicion than they currently are:

    That nature is mechanical.
    That matter is unconscious.
    The laws of nature are fixed.
    The totally amount of matter and energy are always the same.
    That nature is purposeless.
    Biological inheritance is material.
    That memories are stored as material traces.
    The mind is in the brain.
    Telepathy and other psychic phenomena are illusory.
    Mechanistic medicine is the only kind that really works.
    The 'science delusion' is the uncritical belief in these dogmas, treating them not as beliefs but as truths... Science is much more fun, much more interesting, much more free, when we turn these dogmas into questions.

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    Well, what does everybody think about this? He also mentions "dogmatic" scientists such as The God Delusion author Richard Dawkins.

    Opinions, anyone?
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    (Original post by Juichiro)
    'Maverick biologist' Rupert Sheldrake thinks there is a big problem in science, caused by those who employ it as a belief system, rather than using it as a method of inquiry. He thinks science is being held back by the former, and in his soon-to-be-released book Science Set Free (already available in the UK as The Science Delusion) he offers the "ten dogmas of science" that he thinks need to be treated with more suspicion than they currently are:

    That nature is mechanical.
    That matter is unconscious.
    The laws of nature are fixed.
    The totally amount of matter and energy are always the same.
    That nature is purposeless.
    Biological inheritance is material.
    That memories are stored as material traces.
    The mind is in the brain.
    Telepathy and other psychic phenomena are illusory.
    Mechanistic medicine is the only kind that really works.
    The 'science delusion' is the uncritical belief in these dogmas, treating them not as beliefs but as truths... Science is much more fun, much more interesting, much more free, when we turn these dogmas into questions.

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    Well, what does everybody think about this? He also mentions "dogmatic" scientists such as The God Delusion author Richard Dawkins.

    Opinions, anyone?
    Well its not exactly a new premise. Social scientists and many others have been criticising the Sciences for years. As with most such things, I think some of the criticism is certainly true, but some goes too far. Some scientists are actually pretty unscientific in so far as they treat their findings as gospel truth, rather than a temporary and tentative conclusion that is subject to change at any moment once more data is generated. Scientists have opened themselves up to criticism by being quite arrogant about the reliability of their findings, and the importance and authority of their work.
    However, at the same time, a lot of people have gone completely overboard in trying to attack Science. The sensible approach is to see science as a method of inquiry, as suggested above, that has the potential to solve a lot of problems and answer many questions. At the same time, however, more recognition is needed of the extent to which scientists are simply human beings that can be extremely biased in many different ways. The answer is not to boo and hiss and scrap science. The answer is to improve it by introducing practices, education and exercises that result in more reflexivity and transparency.

    PS: I think you'd get a bit more of a rise if you posted this in the Sciences forums
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    Open minded scientists are coming to all sorts of forward thinking conclusions all over the world. Our scientific understanding of reality, consciousness and the universe is finally catching up with spiritual knowledge. I'll definitely check out that book


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