Science and Spiritual Practices

Subject: Lectures
Dates: 12 February 2020 - 12 February 2020
Time: 19:00 - 20:30
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Dr Rupert Sheldrake
Full price
£ 7
OAP concession
£ 5
Student concession
£ 5

Although traditional religion has declined in Europe, recent studies have shown that spiritual experiences are surprisingly common even among those who are non-religious, including near-death experiences and spontaneous mystical insights. 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 singing and chanting, relating to plants and the natural world, rituals and pilgrimage. He will also explore some of the implications for the arts.

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Tutor biography

Dr Rupert Sheldrake

Dr Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist and author of more than 90 technical papers and nine books, including Ways To Go Beyond , And Why They Work. He studied at Cambridge and Harvard Universities. As a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, he was Director of Studies in Cell Biology, and was also a Research Fellow of the Royal Society. He worked in Hyderabad, India, as Principal Plant Physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), and also lived for two years in the Benedictine ashram of Fr Bede Griffiths on the bank of the river Cauvery in Tamil Nadu. From 2005-2010, he was Director of the Perrott-Warrick Project for the study of unexplained human and animal abilities, funded from Trinity College, Cambridge. He is currently a Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences in Petaluma, California, of Schumacher College in Dartington, Devon and of the Temenos Academy. He lives in London.