[Taxacom] Rejoinder to a monster review

Richard Jensen rjensen at saintmarys.edu
Wed Dec 3 09:02:41 CST 2014

Thanks, Fred.  I am familiar with these cases.  But, while refutation may
be part of the process of science, refutation is not suppression.  And,
Sheldrake's ideas are quite well-known.  While others may not agree, and
may work to refute his ideas, that is not suppression.

In the development of "science" as a way of knowing, is there explicit
commentary arguing that scientists should work to suppress ideas?  The fact
that there are many instances of suppression of ideas does not mean that
scientists should be actively working to suppress ideas.  That, to me, is
an abuse of the scientific paradigm.

Dick J

On Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 9:15 AM, Fred Schueler <bckcdb at istar.ca> wrote:

> Quoting Richard Jensen <rjensen at saintmarys.edu>:
>  Can you please cite references for your claim that the "process of science
>> is...to suppress".  While I know that there are numerous instances of
>> movements to suppress information, I wasn't aware that such suppression
>> was
>> part of the process, at least not as I understand the process of science.
> * http://www.sheldrake.org/ - Rupert Sheldrake, a biologist and author,
> is best known for his hypothesis of morphic fields and morphic resonance,
> which leads to a vision of a living, developing universe with its own
> inherent memory. He worked in developmental biology at Cambridge
> University, where he was a Fellow of Clare College. He was then Principal
> Plant Physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the
> Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), in Hyderabad, India. From 2005 to 2010 he was
> Director of the Perrott-Warrick project, funded from Trinity College,
> Cambridge.
> fred.
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