Burning witches at Stake…

Almost thirty years ago, In 1993, the science unit of BBC television made a film about Dr. Rupert Sheldrake  in a series called Heretics, featuring six scientists who had been deemed heretical, including Eric Laithwaite, a pioneer of magnetic levitation, now used in advanced high-speed trains, and the Nobel-prize winning chemist Linus Pauling for his view that large doses of vitamin C are helpful. The episode about Sheldrake was subtitled ‘The most heretical scientist of our time’ and included an interview with the editor of the scientific journal Nature, Sir John Maddox, who condemned Sheldrake for heresy, comparing him to Galileo and himself to the Pope!

The question is has anything changed since them?

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