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Extended Minds: Recent Experimental Evidence with Rupert Sheldrake

September  6 - 6, 2013
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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Rupert Sheldrake
Rupert Sheldrake

Extended Minds: Recent Experimental Evidence with Rupert Sheldrake

Our minds seem to extend far beyond our brains. Many experiments have now shown that people can influence others at a distance just by looking at them, even when all normal sensory clues are eliminated. The sense of being stared at also occurs among non-human animals and may have evolved in the context of predator -prey relationships: if a prey animal knew when a hungry predator was watching it, it might have had a better chance of escaping than if it didn't know. Intentions can have effects at a distance, and can be detected telepathically, as shown in experiments with dogs that know when their owners are coming home, and in people's ability to anticipate who is about to call on the telephone, or send them an email or a text message. Minds are also extended in time. Just as memories connect us with our pasts, precognitions and presentiments sometimes connect us with our futures. Sheldrake will describe how to take part in research on the extended mind using cell phones and social media.


Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, is a biologist and author of more than 80 papers in scientific journals and 10 books, the most recent being Science Set Free. He was a Fellow of Clare College Cambridge and a Research Fellow of the Royal Society, and from 2005-2010 was Director of the Perrott-Warrick Project, funded from Trinity College, Cambridge. His web site is www.sheldrake.org



Friday, September 6, 2013
CIIS Main Building
$15/$20 at the door
$12 members




California Institute of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103


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