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Rupert Sheldrake on His Legacy, Morphic Resonance, Scientific Reasons for Spirituality Notes for the interview: What do you want your legacy to be? How would you like your time on earth to have left a mark? What are the most important messages ...
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Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist and author of more than 90 technical papers and fourteen books. After studying at Cambridge and Harvard he worked in Hyderabad India as a principal plant physiologist. He also lived for two years in the Benedictine ashram of Father Bede Griffiths. He's currently a Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and of Schumacher College. He lives in London
He has been celebrated and vilified for his book, A New Science of Life: The Hypothesis of Morphic Resonance
His most recent book is Ways to Go Beyond and why they work, the second in a series, the first of which was, Science and Spiritual Practices.
What do you want your legacy to be? How would you like your time on earth to have left a mark?
What are the most important messages and ideas you want people to take away from all of your work and writings?
How do you practice, in your life, these ideas? Which ones have you successfully transferred to your children?
What is morphic resonance. Please explain why it works.
Connect us to not only the presence but also the ancestors"
Panpsychism mind everywhere
Whole universe is unconscious,
Consciousness emerges" can emerge from lower grades of consciousness
What's the sun's consciousness
Top-down consciousness big-bang
Emergence of many forms of consciousness
Bottom-up consciousnessstart with sub-atomic particles
Bothemergence of higher levels of complexitynot saying it was not there before.
What if the solar system, galaxy, gaia, the earth are conscious.
Materialismlocked in 19th century world view.
Animism everything is alive-- whole universe is like an organism, not a machine
Consciousness definition: awareness, perceptionfor materialistsconsciousness is an epiphenomenon or an illusion. But illusion is a mode of consciousness.
Problem is not with language. The problem is with world views.
Morphogenic field theorywhat it is, how it applies, what it applies to and what it doesn't apply to, more recent research and support
Science and Spiritual Practices; 14 of them
Atheism cuts people off from sources of well-being and connection
New vs old Atheism
Religion for atheists
Atheist Church in England--
GratitudePositive Psychology has found that happy people tend to be grateful
Flowersunconscious way into the realm of beauty. Groves, sacred spaces
Rituals: of remembrance, re-enacting a primal event in the history of the group
Pilgrimage- Tourism as a kind of secularized pilgrimage
Sports: being in the presence
Learning from Animals
Psychedelics and cannabis (cathedrals on cannabis)
Prayer (asking for things and concerns for the world vs meditation, which is withdrawal)
Holy days and festivalsa way of celebrating together
Being Kind : has to help other people as well.
Virtues as spiritual practice, as good habits
Positive psychology research:
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