The doctrine that matter is unconscious which science is based on traps scientists into thinking that the entire universe – the stars, the galaxies, all the other planets, everything else on this planet – is unconscious. That we for some peculiar evolutionary reason have become conscious, but our conscious doesn’t do anything. That is the world view that most scientists have, and I think it is a deeply unsatisfactory one.
If we take the idea that material systems can be conscious, then all sorts of new questions come up – for example – the sun is a complex material system, could the sun in some sense have a mind or be conscious or be aware ?
Biologist Rupert Sheldrake is a big hero of mine.
He SEES nature the way I do – he is bursting with curiosity towards all life, with an open mind that craves exploration, new perspectives – most importantly – he USES what he SEES to make connections between all life forms.
I have listened to several of his lectures with Terence McKenna et al. I love the philosophical banter, friendly conversation, exploring ideas from differing perspectives with like-minded explorers. Trilogues here. The interview that features the quote above is below this post, and yet another interview (I have not heard it yet) will likely show up in comments later tonight or tomorrow.
Rupert is a Scorpio rising ( ! ) Cancer Sun conjunct Jupiter (exalted) opposite Moon in Capricorn.
Very caring (Cancer) and delightfully philosophical, he is a whiz at balancing (7th house) elemental principles – fire/inspiration, earth/material, water/emotions, and sky/mind.
He is one whammy thinker with a 4 planet Gemini stellium straddling the 7/8 houses. Venus conjunct Uranus and Saturn in 7 – Mercury (ruling) Gemini in the 8th house of deep research, metaphysics and UNCOVERING the UNSEEN depths.
Venus conjunct Uranus is a love of the wild – doubly so conjunct Saturn or Earth and with all three trine Neptune in late Virgo he represents ALL sizes and forms of life.
Neptune feels it, believes it – then Virgo PROVES it.
Responsibilities to stewardship of our planet, all planets and all life is part and parcel of North Node of Destiny in Virgo conjunct Midheaven from the 10th.
Leo Chiron conjunct Mars Pluto in the 9th is incredible !
Bulldozing the teachings of those who indeed need a kick in the seat of the pants for being so mistakenly CLOSE-MINDED and dogmatic regarding their one true scientific principles as irrefutable. Ridiculous !
Science is ever-changing, as is all life ! Rupert has undergone huge backlash for his statements like the quote above – he is a trailblazer, far ahead of his time, and in my mind, to be honored for speaking out !
Those who are unafraid of speaking their truth are the wisest and bravest of all.
Well done, Rupert, Well done.
In honor of Earth Day 2014.