Biologist to deliver open lecture on the Realm of Spirits

27 January 2015

Controversial biologist, Dr Rupert Sheldrake, will present an open lecture at Canterbury Christ Church University next month as part of the spring 2015 Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred Open Lecture Series.

In his lecture, Extended Minds and the Realm of Spirits, Dr Sheldrake will discuss the belief that our minds can be extended far beyond our bodies, with the ability to influence others from a distance through the use of telepathy. He will also explore how spirits work, how they may influence us and how we may influence them.

Dr Sheldrake is best known for his provocative concept of ‘morphic resonance‘ which suggests that memory is inherent in nature and that natural systems inherit a collective memory from all previous things of their kind. He also suggested in his 1999 book Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home, that interspecies telepathy is made possible by morphic resonance.

Dr Sheldrake’s research and theories have drawn criticism from many of those in the conventional scientific community, and in 1994 he was the subject of one episode of BBC 2’s Heretics of Science series in which John Maddox, Editor of the journal Nature, accused Dr Sheldrake of putting forward “magic instead of science”.

Other open lectures in the spring 2015 Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred series include Maggie Hyde, Co-Founder of The Company of Astrologers and the astrologer for Glamour magazine; Jack Hunter, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol, researching contemporary trance and physical mediumship; and Dr Marguerite Rigoglioso, Founding Director of Seven Sisters Mystery School and practitioner of the ancient Mediterranean mystery traditions. 

Dr Rupert Sheldrake’s lecture will kick-off the series on Saturday, 7 February, 6.15pm to 8.15pm in the Laud Building, Canterbury Christ Church University, North Holmes Road Campus. Tickets are priced at £5.

For more information about the dates and times of all of the open lectures in the Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred spring 2015 open lecture series visit:

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 97% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2013 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2012/13 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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