Proving that science is no more immune to the post-fact era than politics, outspoken and controversial researcher Rupert Sheldrake argues that science has drifted into wild conjecture and pseudo-scientific enquiry; fixated on proving the unprovable in the hopes of the next big find. In this new video debate featuring CUNY Professor of Philosophy Massimo Pigliucci and CERN physicist Tara Shears, the panelists put science under the microscope — gravity to dark matter, string theory to parallel universes, its theories are curiously bereft of hard evidence. Is evidence less important than we think and conjecture alone capable of leading to greater understanding? Or has science dangerously drifted into fantasy?
Sheldrake, who counts Deepak Chopra among his friends, is perhaps best known for his theory of ‘morphic resonance’, his book The Science Delusion and the accompanying 2013 TED Talk that was “banned” due to the controversial nature of its content.