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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
> http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/science/aheadoftheirtime.shtml
>
> 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
> judgement.
>
>             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
> http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/science/rams/aheadoftheirtime.ram