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Featuring: Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D. and Edward Cowie
For more than 200 years, materialists have promised that science will eventually explain everything in terms of physics and chemistry. Science will prove that living organisms are complex machines, minds are nothing but brain activity and nature is purposeless. Believers are sustained by the faith that scientific discoveries will justify their beliefs. The philosopher of science Karl Popper called this stance "promissory materialism" because it depends on issuing promissory notes for discoveries not yet made. Many promises have been issued, but few redeemed. Materialism is now facing a credibility crunch unimaginable in the 20th century. Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D. is a biologist and author of more than 80 scientific papers and 10 books, including Science Set Free.. www.sheldrake.org.
Edward Cowie, composer and world-renowned polymath joins us on radio to share some of his unique visions of the human mind and senses. Edward believes that the 21st century sees human beings continuously robbed of an ‘old brain’ way of responding to the world around us. Even de Bono’s Lateral Thinking feels, to him, like an over-specialised way of bracketing the mind. Edward sees the living world as an endlessly connected phenomenon as much joined to us as we should be to it in return. Join him on the show and pin your ears back…you are in for a rare treat!
Edward has a first degree in physics, which also formed a central part of his PhD thesis, A Special Theory of Related Forms. Since the premiere of his BBC Prom commission Leviathan in 1975, his music has been featured in major festivals all over the world. More at www.edward-cowie.com
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