Science and Spiritual Practices: Ways to Go Beyond and Why They Work

Science and Spiritual Practices: Ways to Go Beyond and Why They Work

Monday, February 1, 2021 - 19:00 to 20:45
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Pre-recorded talk + LIVE 45 min Q&A

This is a replay of a pre-recorded talk from last year + Rupert Sheldrake will join us live after the replay for a 45 min Q&A

To go beyond is to move into a higher state of consciousness, to a place of bliss, greater understanding, and deep connectedness - experiences that all spiritual seekers hope for.  

This talk is based on the themes of Rupert Sheldrake’s recent books, Ways to Go Beyond and Science and Spiritual Practices in which he looks at a wide range of spiritual practices that have scientifically measurable effects. Everyday activities can also have a mystical dimension, including sports and learning from animals.

In this talk Sheldrake will discuss how different practices, like prayer and meditation, can have complementary effects. He will also show how his hypothesis of morphic resonance can illuminate the nature of rituals, the power of mantras and the transformative effects of psychedelic experiences.


About the speaker, Rupert Sheldrake

Rupert Sheldrake PhD is a biologist and author of more than a hundred technical papers and nine books, including The Science Delusion (called Science Set Free in the US).

He studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge and the History and Philosophy of Science at Harvard. As a fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, he was Director of Studies in Cell Biology, and was also a research fellow of the Royal Society. He worked at the University of Malaya on tropical ferns, and in Hyderabad, India, as Principal Plant Physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). In India, he also lived for two years in the ashram of Fr Bede Griffiths in Tamil Nadu. From 2005-2010, he was Director of the Perrott-Warrick Project for the study of unexplained human and animal abilities, funded fromTrinity College, Cambridge.

He is currently a fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences in California, of Schumacher College in Dartington, England and of the Temenos Academy in London. He lives in London and is married to Jill Purce, with whom he has two sons, Merlin, a mycologist and author of the bestselling book Entangled Life, and Cosmo, a musician.

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