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rupert sheldrake – the science delusion banned ted talk

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rupert sheldrake – the science delusion banned ted talk

re-uploaded as ted have decided to censor rupert and remove this video from the tedx youtube channel. follow this link for ted’s statement on the matter and dr. sheldrake’s response:…

if anyone would like to prepare a transcript or caption file in any language so non-english speakers or the deaf and hard of hearing can enjoy this talk, please do so and i will be happy to upload it. just pm me. or the video is embedded on the amara project website, so you can add subtitles there at:

rupert sheldrake, ph.d. (born 28 june 1942) is a biologist and author of more than 80 scientific papers and ten books. a former research fellow of the royal society, he studied natural sciences at cambridge university, where he was a scholar of clare college, took a double first class honours degree and was awarded the university botany prize. he then studied philosophy and history of science at harvard university, where he was a frank knox fellow, before returning to cambridge, where he took a ph.d. in biochemistry. he was a fellow of clare college, cambridge, where he was director of studies in biochemistry and cell biology. as the rosenheim research fellow of the royal society, he carried out research on the development of plants and the ageing of cells in the department of biochemistry at cambridge university.

while at cambridge, together with philip rubery, he discovered the mechanism of polar auxin transport, the process by which the plant hormone auxin is carried from the shoots towards the roots.

from 1968 to 1969, based in the botany department of the university of malaya, kuala lumpur, he studied rain forest plants. from 1974 to 1985 he was principal plant physiologist and consultant physiologist at the international crops research institute for the semi-arid tropics (icrisat) in hyderabad, india, where he helped develop new cropping systems now widely used by farmers. while in india, he also lived for a year and a half at the ashram of fr bede griffiths in tamil nadu, where he wrote his first book, a new science of life.

from 2005-2010 he was the director of the perrott-warrick project funded from trinity college,cambridge. he is a fellow of schumacher college , in dartington, devon, a fellow of the institute of noetic sciences near san francisco, and a visiting professor at the graduate institute in connecticut.

he lives in london with his wife jill purce and two sons.

he has appeared in many tv programs in britain and overseas, and was one of the participants (along with stephen jay gould, daniel dennett, oliver sacks, freeman dyson and stephen toulmin) in a tv series called a glorious accident, shown on pbs channels throughout the us. he has often taken part in bbc and other radio programmes. he has written for newspapers such as the guardian, where he had a regular monthly column, the times, sunday telegraph, daily mirror, daily mail, sunday times, times educational supplement, times higher education supplement and times literary supplement, and has contributed to a variety of magazines, including new scientist, resurgence, the ecologist and the spectator.

books by rupert sheldrake:
a new science of life: the hypothesis of formative causation (1981). new edition 2009 (in the us published as morphic resonance)
the presence of the past: morphic resonance and the habits of nature (1988)
the rebirth of nature: the greening of science and god (1992)
seven experiments that could change the world: a do-it-yourself guide to revolutionary science (1994) (winner of the book of the year award from the british institute for social inventions)
dogs that know when their owners are coming home, and other unexplained powers of animals (1999) (winner of the book of the year award from the british scientific and medical network)
the sense of being stared at, and other aspects of the extended mind (2003)

with ralph abraham and terence mckenna:
trialogues at the edge of the west (1992), republished as chaos, creativity and cosmic consciousness (2001)
the evolutionary mind (1998)

with matthew fox:
natural grace: dialogues on science and spirituality (1996)
the physics of angels: exploring the realm where science and spirit meet (1996)

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travel tips from paulo coelho

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an interesting top 9 of tips to all travellers. love it a lot!

top 9 travel tips from paulo coelho
1. avoid museums. this might seem to be absurd advice, but let’s just think about it a little: if you are in a foreign city, isn’t it far more interesting to go in search of the present than of the past? it’s just that people feel obliged to go to museums because they learned as children that travelling was about seeking out that kind of culture. obviously museums are important, but they require time and objectivity – you need to know what you want to see there, otherwise you will leave with a sense of having seen a few really fundamental things, except that you can’t remember what they were.
2. hang out in bars. bars are the places where life in the city reveals itself, not in museums. by bars i don’t mean nightclubs, but the places where ordinary people go, have a drink, ponder the weather, and are always ready for a chat. buy a newspaper and enjoy the ebb and flow of people. if someone strikes up a conversation, however silly, join in: you cannot judge the beauty of a particular path just by looking at the gate.
3. be open. the best tour guide is someone who lives in the place, knows everything about it, is proud of his or her city, but does not work for any agency. go out into the street, choose the person you want to talk to, and ask them something (where is the cathedral? where is the post office?). if nothing comes of it, try someone else – i guarantee that at the end of the day you will have found yourself an excellent companion.
4. try to travel alone or – if you are married – with your spouse. it will be harder work, no one will be there taking care of you, but only in this way can you truly leave your own country behind. traveling with a group is a way of being in a foreign country while speaking your mother tongue, doing whatever the leader of the flock tells you to do, and taking more interest in group gossip than in the place you are visiting.
5. don’t compare. don’t compare anything – prices, standards of hygiene, quality of life, means of transport, nothing! you are not traveling in order to prove that you have a better life than other people – your aim is to find out how other people live, what they can teach you, how they deal with reality and with the extraordinary.
6. understand that everyone understands you. even if you don’t speak the language, don’t be afraid: i’ve been in lots of places where i could not communicate with words at all, and i always found support, guidance, useful advice, and even girlfriends. some people think that if they travel alone, they will set off down the street and be lost for ever. just make sure you have the hotel card in your pocket and – if the worst comes to the worst – flag down a taxi and show the card to the driver.
7. don’t buy too much. spend your money on things you won’t need to carry: tickets to a good play, restaurants, trips. nowadays, with the global economy and the internet, you can buy anything you want without having to pay excess baggage.
8. don’t try to see the world in a month. it is far better to stay in a city for four or five days than to visit five cities in a week. a city is like a capricious woman: she takes time to be seduced and to reveal herself completely.
9. a journey is an adventure. henry miller used to say that it is far more important to discover a church that no one else has ever heard of than to go to rome and feel obliged to visit the sistine chapel with two hundred thousand other tourists bellowing in your ear. by all means go to the sistine chapel, but wander the streets too, explore alleyways, experience the freedom of looking for something – quite what you don’t know – but which, if you find it, will – you can be sure – change your life.

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