Jon Freeman Posted about 1 year ago Rupert Sheldrake's TEDx talk: Detailing the issues Frank, if I bet you that you have not read a list of the books that I have read, or reviewed the evidence that I have reviewed, would I lose that bet? I did study philosophy at Oxford before I moved into the sciences and I have probably read at least as much philosophy as you have. I suspect I have read a broader range of science too. The significant question is not whether I have read that specific book, but whether I have read and thought about what consitutes evidence, what defines reality, what is provable and not provable, and what is evidence in various different arenas of study. Judging by photos we are of a similar age. This is not a competition about who has read what. It is a discussion about who is open-minded and who believes that some discussions are closed. The evidence for my viewpoint is overwhelming and the philosophical underpinnings are as strong as Popper's. My book is almost 400 pages long and will be published in a few months. You won't like it. But the evidence and reasoning will be there - enough for people who have open minds and a willingness to think scientifically. And in ten or twenty years my views will be mainstream science. Yours on the other hand, will have gone the way of Phlogiston and a geocentric universe. You can apologise then for your high-handed and dismissive response. Please allow your hundred dollars to accrue compound interest.