TED Rupert Sheldrake, a reputable scientist, dared to question scientific dogma, presented as fact rather than strong beliefs, resulting in the removal of his TED Talk in 2013.
Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist and author of more than 80 scientific papers and ten books. A former Research Fellow of the Royal Society, he studied natural sciences at Cambridge University, where he was a Scholar of Clare College, took a double first class honors degree and was awarded the University Botany Prize. He then studied philosophy and history of science at Harvard University, where he was a Frank Knox Fellow, before returning to Cambridge, where he took a Ph.D. in biochemistry.
Ironically, an anonymous scientific board that is dogmatic without even realizing it is dogmatic, is the entity that censored Sheldrake.
Sheldrake pokes holes in 10 scientific dogmas listed below that form a default world view and are the basis of our educational system and governments:
1. Nature is mechanical or machine-like. Brains are genetically programmed computers.
2. Matter is unconscious – there is no consciousness in stars, planets, plants, nor animals. If this theory were true, then there shouldn’t be any consciousness in humans, either. Over the last 100 years, a lot of the philosophy of mind has tried to prove that we are not conscious at all.
3. Nature is fixed. The laws now are the same as they were at the tie of the Big Bang and will be the same forever. The constants (K) of nature are also fixed and will remain fixed.
4. The total amount of matter and energy is always the same- it never changes in total quantity. Except at the moment of the Big Bang when it all sprang from existence from nowhere in a single instant.
5. Nature is purposeless. There is no purpose or direction in nature or evolution.
6. Biological heredity is material- everything inherit is in your genes, or in epigenetic modification of the genes or cytoplasmic inheritance- it is material.
7. Memories are stored inside your brain as material traces in nerve endings. No one knows how it works, nonetheless, scientists believe it.
8. Your ind is inside your head. All consciousness is activity in your brain and nothing more.
9. Psychic phenomena like telepathy are impossible. Your thoughts and intentions can affect at a distance because your ind is inside your head. This is chalked up to a lack of understanding statistics or wishful thinking.
10. Mechanistic medicine is the only kind that really works and governments only fund this kind of medicine, believing that alternative and complimentary medicine don’t work.