Dec 082014

An article in the April 2013 issue of: Paranthropology: Journal of Anthropological Approaches to the Paranormal

Review/Commentary: Rupert Sheldrake’s ‘Science Set Free’ – John R. DeLorez (pp. 19-22)

I tried to order this book under the title The Science Delusion from several times last year, but it was sold out each time. When it became available last October here in the US under the title Science Set Free I got my copy right away. It is an excellent summary of how science can be too selective as to what it is willing to accept as data worthy of evaluation. For all intents and purposes, this biased approach to what it considers valid data blinds science to anything that might possibly exist outside of its presently accepted materialistic framework.

The structure of Science Set Free is a little different to most books on technical subjects that I am used to (in a good way). In the introduction Sheldrake lists ten core assumptions that he has observed that most scientists take for granted as being facts. “In this book, I argue that science is being held back by centuries-old assumptions that have hardened into dogmas. The sciences would be better off without them: freer, more interesting and more fun.”