In this episode of Charles Eisenstein’s “New and Ancient Story” podcast, Charles speaks with biologist Rupert Sheldrake about the foundations of science as an institution and path to knowledge, and the crisis that science is facing.
Rupert Sheldrake is one of the most thoughtful, lucid people I have ever met. In this conversation we talk about the foundations of science, both as an institution and as a path to knowledge. Like all the institutions of modernity, science faces a crisis that is increasingly recognized within science itself. Part of it is the “replicability crisis,” but as Rupert and I discuss, that is but a gateway into deeper epistemological and metaphysical problems.
From This Episode:
“It’s obvious, when you look behind the scenes, that scientists are human like everybody else.
But there’s been this facade of objectivity that has been very misleading, both to scientists,
and to other people.”
– Rupert Sheldrake
“When I really explore the foundation of the world destroying machine, it’s none other than the
idea that we live in essentially a dead universe, devoid of any intelligence, subjectivity, or agency,
that we must therefore project and impose our own meaning, design, and intelligence onto.”
– Charles Eisenstein
Rupert Sheldrake, a biologist and author, is best known for his hypothesis of morphic fields and morphic resonance, which leads to a vision of a living, developing universe with its own inherent memory. Find out more on his website.