Science and Spiritual Practices

Science and Spiritual Practices

Talk
Monday, October 30, 2017 -
19:00 to 20:30
Spiritual
Inspiring
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This is the launch event for Rupert's new book, Science and Spiritual Practices
Description: 

In this pioneering talk Rupert Sheldrake shows how science helps validate seven practices on which all religions are built, and which are part of our common human heritage:

·        Meditation

·        Gratitude

·        Connecting with nature

·        Relating to plants

·        Rituals

·        Singing and chanting

·        Pilgrimage and holy places.

The effects of spiritual practices are now being investigated scientifically as never before, and many studies have shown that religious and spiritual practices generally make people happier and healthier.

Rupert Sheldrake summarizes the latest scientific research on what happens when we take part in these practices, and suggests ways that readers can explore these fields for themselves. For those who are religious, Science and Spiritual Practices will illuminate the evolutionary origins of their own traditions and give a new appreciation of their power. For the non-religious, this book will show how the core practices of spirituality are accessible to all, even if they do not subscribe to a religious belief system.

This is a talk for anyone who suspects that in the drive towards radical secularism, something valuable has been left behind. Rupert Sheldrake believes that by opening ourselves to the spiritual dimension we may find the strength to live more wholesome and fulfilling lives.

About the speaker, Rupert Sheldrake

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. He worked in developmental biology at Cambridge University, where he was a Fellow of Clare College. 

 

He was then Principal Plant Physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), in Hyderabad, India. From 2005 to 2010 he was Director of the Perrott-Warrick project, funded from Trinity College, Cambridge.

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