Sheldrake, a Cambridge-trained biochemist and plant physiologist, is a prominent public intellectual often criticized for his controversial views on materialistic science.
Sheldrake has taken on the role of scientific “gadfly” in the proud tradition of Socrates, urging authoritarian, closed-minded scientists to question received wisdom and to remove ideological blinders.
He is also the author of numerous best-selling books, including:
• A New Science of Life (1981)
• The Rebirth of Nature (1990)
• The Presence of the Past (1988)
• Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home (1999)
•_The Sense of Being Stared At_ (2003)
• And, most recently, Science Set Free: 10 Paths to New Discovery (2012)
This interview focuses especially on Science Set Free (titled The Science Delusion in the UK), which concentrates on the scientific enterprise as such and the obstacles to its proper pursuit.
Read the interview here: