Rupert Sheldrake Gets Air Time
In short, although Sheldrake commands some respect as a scientist because of his education and degree, he has clearly abandoned science in favor of theology and philosophy.But the programme hosts' attitude was basically "this is funny stuff, but it's good to know that a Real Scientist such as Sheldrake is performing these Experiments to check it out". Sheldrake was allowed to quote, unchallenged, test results with great statistical significance suggesting that telepathy is real.
What the hosts should have mentioned, but did not, is:
- That similar but more carefully controlled experiments have been performed time and time again without anyone finding any support for the hypothesis that telepathy exists,
- That Rupert Sheldrake is a scientist with a really bad reputation, and
- That Sheldrake's internet test is completely useless as it incorporates no way of ensuring that the subjects are blind to each other.
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