Rupert Sheldrake is a man who arouses fierce anger among his critics, and equal if not more powerful admiration and loyalty among his followers. He is, after all, perhaps the single individual who has fought back most effectively against the tide of materialist philosophy that has become the official creed of the modern age.

Yet he is not an obvious pugilist. Tall, lightly built, carefully spoken and mildly mannered, he measures his words with the air of a learned Anglican vicar. It’s hard to imagine him picking a fight with anyone. Yet he has devoted most of his life to promulgating the ...


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