Freeing the Spirit of EnquiryThe science delusion is the belief
that science already understands the nature of reality. The
fundamental questions are answered, leaving only the details to be
filled in. In this book (published in the US as Science Set Free),
Dr Rupert Sheldrake, one of the world's most innovative scientists,
shows that science is being constricted by assumptions that have
hardened into dogmas. The 'scientific worldview' has become a
belief system. All reality is material or physical. The world is a
machine, made up of dead matter. Nature is purposeless.
Consciousness is nothing but the physical activity of the brain.
Free will is an illusion. God exists only as an idea in human
minds, imprisoned within our skulls. Sheldrake examines these
dogmas scientifically, and shows persuasively that science would be
better off without them: freer, more interesting, and more fun. In
The God Delusion Richard Dawkins used science to bash God, but here
Rupert Sheldrake shows that Dawkins' understanding of what science
can do is old-fashioned and itself a delusion.