Rupert Sheldrake is one of the most brilliant scientific minds of our times, though many people haven’t heard of him. His best known theory is concerning morphic fields, the belief that there are powerful but invisible fields that influence matter and energy.
Sheldrake uses this concept to explain many unusual phenomena, including telepathy. He claims that animals use these fields when they do things like find their way home hundreds of miles away (we often hear about dogs and cats doing this). Even birds’ ability to navigate is difficult to explain by conventional theories.
In his latest book, The Science Delusion (also called Science Set Free in some editions), he examines and criticizes some of the most widely held assumptions of modern science. He is not anti-science, only against the dogmatic materialism that has been dominant in the sciences in recent decades.
In this video at a TED Talk, Sheldrake gives a brief summary of this book.