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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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By DanielSmith on 01-30-13

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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By Sean on 11-26-12

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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By Oxlit on 12-16-16

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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By Amazon Customer on 12-24-16

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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By Anonymous User on 11-10-17

For anyone with a curious mind

I am not a scientist nor an expert in any scientific discipline. I would consider myself a student of life. Everyone should listen to this and consider the content and make up their own mind. Personally, I loved it.

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By Dhruva on 12-05-17

A breath of fresh air!

As a western student scientist with an upbringing based around eastern philosophy I always find great holes in the materialistic model of education.

I am very happy to have discovered the works of Rupert Sheldrake who is conducting a rational inspection of 1. Aspects of our realty that are avoided by materialist science and 2. The dogmas or mechanisms that restrict materialistic science from investigating anything beyond or behind matter.

The fact that so many label Sheldrake as a quack yet they have not read his books or looked at his research just shows that he is a threat to something they hold dear. This is a clear tell tale sign of a dogmatic institution.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Good insistes on the history and philosophy of science and materialism contrasted with other views and some interesting questions to investigate scientifically for the future.

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