I saw this video and was intrigued enough to watch it even though it was 18 minutes long. After it was done, I was still interested enough to get his book, Science Set Free: 10 Paths to New Discovery, and it was well worth reading.
For many years I have taken the coward’s way out and just stayed out of debates about God and science because a) they bore me, b) I believe God’s attributes are too vast to be weighed, measured and analyzed, and c) the burden of proof is not on me anyway. But Dr. Sheldrake’s turned the whole thing upside down and exposed the puniness of “science” as a god.
At no point does he come out as a believer in Jesus, but this is not his credential. He is a PhD in biochemistry and a researcher in the area of parapsychology. That means he studies the supernatural, which puts him on the outside of most of the scientific community, which only believes in material evidence. Dr. Sheldrake says this limits scientific inquiring by shackling it with a kind of scientific dogma, which believes all of our thoughts and life experiences cease to exist at death, because all those things exist only in our brains.
Whereas I’ve been content to remain in a state of ignorance about scientific inquiry as it pertains to philosophical questions, this actually woke me up. Studies conducted into psychic phenomenon have produced results that make it plain that the supernatural is more natural than previously supposed. It’s just been shunned by the highpriest hood of materialism that gets most of the research grants.
He has done published studies on “Dogs That Know Their Owners are Coming Home,” and “The Sense of Being Stared At.” These were the ones I found most fascinating because I have experienced these phenomena myself and often have wondered about it. I had classified these as interesting but irrelevant for years, but that’s because I was unaware that this had important ramifications. After all, God is a supernatural being. So are angels and demons. And prayer is our act of reaching out beyond the natural, material world. And if we aren’t, I’d like to suggest we’re doing it wrong.