Rupert Sheldrake: Beyond the Machine Metaphor
A change from the metaphor of the organism to the metaphor of the machine produced science as we know it. Mechanical models of the universe were taken to represent the way the world actually worked.
The machine metaphor has long outlived its usefulness, and holds back scientific thinking in physics, biology and medicine. Our evolving universe is an organism, and so is the earth, and so are oak trees, and so are dogs, and so are you.
This article is very similar to the primary message in Iain McGilchrist’s The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World and, like that book, contains some Descartes-bashing which I enjoyed. 🙂
Both Sheldrake’s article and McGilchrist’s book can be seen as part of the growing wave of right-brain reassertion taking place across the world. In short, (some) people are beginning to realize that they are trapped inside what David Icke calls “The Left Brain Prison”, and are becoming aware of its limitations and consequences. Many of us are even learning to transcend the left brain, which is where all the fun begins. Teaching those methods is one of the primary purposes of this site.
Rupert Sheldrake has been a favourite scientist of mine for about a year now. I first heard of him when his presentation The Science Delusion was banned from TED (along with Graham Hancock’s The War on Consciousness).
Sheldrake has done research into telepathic phenomena, so of course I’m interested in his work. 🙂 I recommend you watch his banned TED talk first to get a flavour of what he’s about, and if you like it, check out his full-length presentations on morphic resonance, The Science Delusion, the extended mind, and anything else that tickles your fancy.