Science and Spiritual Practices
Where: New York Open Center
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Although traditional religions are declining in Europe and North America, recent studies have shown that spiritual experiences—including near-death experiences and spontaneous mystical insights—are surprisingly common even among those who are non-religious. Meanwhile, the effects of spiritual practices are now being investigated scientifically as never before, and many studies have shown that religious and spiritual practices generally make people happier and healthier. Rupert Sheldrake will discuss several practices on which all religions are built, and which are part of our common human heritage, including meditation, rites of passage, and pilgrimage.
Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, is a biologist and author of more than 85 scientific papers and 12 books, including Science and Spiritual Practices, to be published in August 2018. He was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge University, a Frank Knox Fellow at Harvard, and a Research Fellow of the Royal Society. From 1974-1985, he was Principal Plant Physiologist and then Consultant Plant Physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, near Hyderabad, India. From 2005-2010 he was Director of the Perrott-Warrick Project, funded by Trinity College, Cambridge, for research on unexplained human abilities. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Petaluma, California, and of Schumacher College in Devon, England. He lives in London.
Satuday, November 10, 2018, 10:00 – 5:30 pm
Ways to Go Beyond, and Why They Work
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