I guess burning Sheldrake & Evans themselves, rather than just their works, would
indicate an insufficiently developed sense of humor. - Dick
Ian Pitchford wrote:
> BBC Radio Four
> AHEAD OF THEIR TIME
> Exploring challenging new ideas and creative research
> Wednesday 18 December at 9.00pm
> Why are so many visionaries ignored?
> This is a question which confronts fundamental issues about how
> science and discovery operate.
> Is science merely a consensus of what the scientific community
> thinks it is?
> If someone appears to be outside the mainstream, there is a natural
> tendency to reject them. To accept their ideas might undermine your own
> research, even make your career seem "pointless". So they are ignored,
> vilified, dismissed or worse. But, by closing its doors, the establishment
> often holds back progress that might have real benefits for the rest of us.
> Some critics have argued for a complete reassessment of the
> scientific process and declared that an anarchistic approach, "against method",
> would deliver as much - if not more - discovery than the narrow mindedness we
> currently accept.
> Peter Evans explores this conundrum and asks modern innovators,
> philosophers and scientists what lessons we can learn from such past errors of
> He cites the historical example of Alfred Wegener, who first
> suggested that continents moved around on the surface of the planet in 1915.
> His ideas were dismissed as fantasy. His claim was largely based on the fact
> that the landmass of the Earth looked like a huge jigsaw: Africa and South
> America appear to fit together. It was only years later that other evidence
> emerged to support his theory and the new science of plate tectonics was born.
> Peter meets modern maverick Rupert Sheldrake who believes that
> "forcefields" control nature and may be responsible for telepathy and instinct.
> The editor of the science journal Nature called for his books to be burned, but
> others are taking him very seriously. How should the establishment deal with
> such radical thinkers?
> Listen again to the programme