Science and Spiritual Practices by Dr Rupert Sheldrake – Book Launch


Franklin-Wilkins Building, King’s College, London, Stamford Street, London SE1 8WA

Friday 17th November 2017, 7:00-9:00 pm

Chaired by David Lorimer


Science and Spiritual Practices

Dr Rupert Sheldrake

Science is now transcending the materialist philosophy, and pointing towards a new sense of a living world.  Meanwhile, scientific studies of a range of spiritual practices reveal that they have remarkable benefits for health of mind and body, and give a greater sense of connection with the more-than-human world.  In his talk Rupert Sheldrake will discuss several practices including meditation, gratitude, rituals and pilgrimage and show how these are available to people of all religions and none. We are on the threshold of a major spiritual revival.

Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D. is a biologist and author of more than 85 scientific papers and 11 books, including The Science Delusion. His new book Science and Spiritual Practices is due to be published on November 2. He was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge and a Research Fellow of the Royal Society, and is now a Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, in Petaluma, California, and of Schumacher College, in Dartington, Devon. His website is

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Science is now transcending the materialist philosophy, and pointing toward a new sense of a living world. The cosmos is no longer like a machine running down; it is more like a developing organism with an inherent memory, and so is our planet, Gaia. The old idea of determinism has given way to indeterminism, chaos and complexity. The laws of nature may be more like habits. Minds may extend far beyond brains. Memories may not be stored as traces in our brains, and may not be wiped out at death. Mental causation may work from the future towards the past, while energetic causation works from the past towards the future. New experimental research points to the reality of our mental connections to the world around us. These new paradigm shifts in the sciences shed a new light on spiritual practices like pilgrimage, ritual, prayer and the survival of bodily death. In this workshop we will explore some of these many implications.