In a banned TED talk speech, English author and biologist Rupert Sheldrake spoke at length about how science shares the same dogmatic principles that govern institutionalized religions. In his monumental book ‘The Science Delusion’, Sheldrake writes the 10 dogmas, or assumptions, of science. He says that when you check their validity under a scientific light, all of them crumble.
A belief that is just a “hangover” from an older worldview. Before the big bang theory, the prevailing belief was that everything was designed by an external mind, that that we all ultimately serve the purpose of the “machine-maker”.
This idea stipulates that everything in the natural world – stars, animals, plants – is unconscious, which means that we are unconscious as well. But no one knows how molecules acquire the qualities of the mind.
They say that this ‘fixed law’ will continue to be constant from the Bog Bang until the end of time. It’s funny that a mass of matter spontaneously exploded to create the known universe, but we believe that everything from there-on-out will be fixed and certain.
The Big Bang revealed a universe that is extremely evolutionary (constantly growing, cooling, expanding) and doing so indefinitely with dark matter, the nature of which we don’t actually understand yet.
That there is no design in nature, and the evolutionary process is merely a mechanical function – there is no higher purpose. But since every function in science serves a purpose, it’s logical to assume that all of the micro-purposes serve a larger one – even if we can’t scientifically identify it or philosophically agree on it.
This is the idea that memories are stored somewhere in the proteins and nerve endings are the memories of the mind. But attempts to locate memory traces have been unsuccessful despite more than a century of research.
But there is ultimately no evidence for this. No one has ever seen a thought or image inside their own brain or someone else’s. When we look around us, the images of the things we see are outside us, not in our heads. Our experience of our bodies are in our bodies.
An idea based on Dogma #8 which holds that thoughts have no effect on the outside world. This is despite the fact that most people have had seemingly telepathic or precognitive experiences. An example can be found in the behaviour of animals just before the onslaught of a natural disaster.
Despite its usefulness, modern medicines have their limitations, which are becoming apparent. With a rise in more “natural,” holistic alternatives on the brink, there’s a huge political and economic consequence to the pharmaceutical industry being overturned for less expensive, more effective remedies.
Watch Rupert Sheldrake speak at the TEDx-Whitechapel