Welcome to meeting No. 56 of
the Rotary eClub of Latitude 38

Alfred Rupert Sheldrake is an English author, public speaker, and researcher in the field of parapsychology, known for his "morphic resonance" concept. He worked as a biochemist and cell biologist at Cambridge University from 1967 to 1973 and as principal plant physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics until 1978.
July is Changeover Month
President's Message
Welcome to Meeting No. 56. This week's meeting material includes an address by the immediate past RI President K.R. Ravindran, a mini-documentary on old age, a video on the Rotary Foundation and an address about the 10 dogmas of science that is a little controversial.
Please comment on the meeting by email (reply all). Let's keep the conversation going! 
Enjoy the meeting and have a good week.
Yours in Rotary
Kerrie S.
This week's meeting material
  • RI President K.R. Ravindran Opening Remarks at the International Assembly in January 2016 
  • Do You See Me? - 2016 TEDx Film Program (May 2016) - For months film maker, Jane Schneider, has admired the work of Luke Atkinson on Instagram. His candid photos document the people he sees around the city – often solitary people, often elderly people. People you might walk straight past without even seeing. By connecting these images with interviews of children, this micro-doc challenges the way we see old people, particularly in public places, but also questions how we value old age itself.
  • 2016 Rotary Foundation Video
  • Banned TED Talk: The Science Delusion - Rupert Sheldrake at TEDx Whitechapel - At TEDx Whitechapel on January 13, 2013, Rupert Sheldrake gave a provocative talk in which he suggests that modern science is based on ten dogmas, and makes the case that none of them hold up to scrutiny. According to him, these dogmas — including, for example, that nature is mechanical and purposeless, that the laws and constants of nature are fixed, and that psychic phenomena like telepathy are impossible — have held back the pursuit of knowledge. TED’s scientific advisors have questioned whether his list is a fair description of scientific assumptions — indeed, several of the dogmas are actually active areas of science inquiry (including whether physical ‘constants’ are really unchanging) — and believe there is little evidence for some of Sheldrake’s more radical claims, such as his theory of morphic resonance, and claim that the speed of light has been changing. They recommended that the talk be should not be distributed without being framed with caution. Accordingly, we have reposted his talk here, with the above cautionary introduction. We invite scientists, sceptics, knowledge-seekers and supporters — and Sheldrake himself, if he’s willing — to join in a conversation over this talk. Is this an idea worth spreading, or misinformation? Does Sheldrake accurately describe scientists’ beliefs and are his theories credible? What’s the evidence for either position?
Brian Norris
Website Manager 
Club Projects 
  • Support of the Rotary Foundation
This officially ends meeting No.56
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