greentara wrote:Interesting to read about Sheldrakes stay at Shantivanam Ashram in Tamil Nadu. Shantivanam was Bede Griffiths ashram, Griffith was a Catholic monk who put on sanyasin robes and atttempted to look like a sadhu. He seemed to have a foot in each camp, was he attempting to convert the locals? I was never really attracted to this sort of teaching or preaching.
jeeprs wrote:he has the courage to stand up against the mindless materialism of the secular culture.
Rupert Sheldrake has been a distinguished biochemist and cell biologist, but his latest book, The Science Delusion, is disturbingly eccentric. Fluently superficial, it combines a disorderly collage of scientific fact and opinion with an intrusive yet disjunctive metaphysical programme.
The danger...is that human beings may be reduced to nothing more than biological machines, the products of pure chance in the random combination of genes, with no purpose other than the biological imperative of reproduction.
Roland wrote: like his "Trialogues" audio files on his website. Conversations from 1989 to 1998 between Sheldrake, Terrence Mckenna, and Ralph Abraham.
oushi wrote:Roland wrote: like his "Trialogues" audio files on his website. Conversations from 1989 to 1998 between Sheldrake, Terrence Mckenna, and Ralph Abraham.
Those "Trialogues" are a must see (at least a part of it). Only then we can truly understand the approach of people like Sheldrake. This is not science, it is an art created by mind, intellectual art, which is much more interesting.
MalaBeads wrote:To me, it is sort of the anti-science science, which is right up my alley, so to speak.
oushi wrote:MalaBeads wrote:To me, it is sort of the anti-science science, which is right up my alley, so to speak.
I would refer to it as sharp and blurry approach. Science is this sharp device that somehow glorifies its detailed and precise way of working with things. The problem is, that it is based on miracles, or creates miracles. I mean, raising dead and walking on water is nothing compared to Big Bang. Science takes one, or few miracles, and creates a very precise, sharp structure upon it. If something goes wrong in the process, all other miracles that doesn't fit the picture are discarded. This creates a paralysis, like today physics suffer. That doesn't stop us from believing what they say. How many of us saw an atom? None I assume. Still we take is as a given. How many of us experienced something science cannot explain, and we discard it simply because of that.
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