Dr Sheldrake’s Eckersley marks SLT’s 50th

Bedales students were treated to a mesmerising one hour Eckersley lecture from the biologist and author, Dr Rupert Sheldrake. The title of the talk (‘The Science Delusion’) gave some preview that we might not be given a mainstream view of the scientific world. Part of the talk was based around Dr Sheldrake’s recent book which looks at ten dogmas of science and instead of presenting them as ‘truth’, they are posed as questions; and this scepticism certainly made everyone in the audience think. Then from dogmas to dogs, and we were taken through some of the past research that Sheldrake has conducted into parapsychological phenomena, including telepathy in dogs and humans. It was riveting stuff and at the follow-up book-signing there were many lively debates on related themes. This was a very different, but fascinating Eckersley lecture to mark the 50th anniversary of the Simon Lecture Theatre.

By Richard Sinclair, Head of Science

Dr Rupert Sheldrake

Portrait sketch by Becky Grubb (Block 5)


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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