Rupert Sheldrake stabbed in leg at conference

Scientist/pseudoscientist (take your pick) Rupert Sheldrake (wiki) was stabbed in the leg while giving a talk on "thought transference" at 10th International Conference on Science and Consciousness at the La Fonda Hotel in Sante Fe, NM. Witnesses said an attendee from Japan seemed to be upset with Sheldrake's remarks, prompting the attack.
200804031021 David Edwards of Fresno, Calif., said Sheldrake had been talking about how thoughts can be transferred by staring into another's eyes. During the lecture in the main ballroom on La Fonda's second floor, an Asian man left the room and when he returned, he didn't take a seat but stood near the podium with his eyes closed like he was meditating, Edwards said.

The attack came when Sheldrake called for a break about 3 p.m. Edwards said he started to leave the room when he heard a commotion. By the time he looked back, he said, an Asian man was being held on the floor by four people while a fifth held a knife in a napkin. Mecham said the knife was a folding type that hunters typically use.

Edwards said Sheldrake had a 2- or 3-inch cut on the front of his left thigh, just above his kneecap, causing blood to spurt some 8 inches into the air as he lay on his back.

Link (Thanks, mpb!)

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  1. In related news, Sheldrake’s neighbors report that his dog is barking her head off, and spelled out “BWARE MASTER MAN WITH NIFE!” in pee.

  2. So I’m guessing the attacker communicated his intent via thought by staring into Mr Sheldrake’s eyes. It must have been communicated in a foreign language, or Mr Sheldrake would have known for sure.

  3. never read any of his stuff. The irony is that getting carved doesn’t necessarily dismiss his claims as mentioned in the item. Which would make it a talent of limited usefulness. Sounds like he got it in the femoral artery. Or the ironial vein.

  4. How can you be neutral (allowing the reader to “take your pick”) on this? His job description is not “Scientist/pseudoscientist”. At best, it is “Pseudoscientist/crack-pot”.

  5. The irony is that getting carved doesn’t necessarily dismiss his claims as mentioned in the item.

    Well sure, the attacker had his eyes closed. Who could have read his mind then?

    Hope old Rup is doing alright.

  6. For the record, this took place at the La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe, NM, not “La Fonda”, New Mexico, which is actually located in the basement of the Alamo.

    Just sayin’.

  7. According to Rupert’s own theories of morphic resonance,
    now that he has been stabbed in the leg ONCE by a wacko,
    Rupert and all scientists similar to him are henceforth predisposed to be repeatedly stabbed in the leg over and over and over and over and over by similar wackos…
    Could be some truth to it…

  8. Conveniently enough for agitated new-age conference goers and those wanting to join a Santa Fe Fiesta-week brawl, La Fonda Hotel has, right there on the premises, a great little hole-in-the-wall knife store called The Cutlery. That’s probably where the man went when he left the room for while.

  9. Yeah, we should pretty much just start stabbing people with whom we disagree. That would be fun and make the world a better place.

  10. Very disturbing news.

    I’m hoping Mr. Sheldrake’s recovery goes well… his words are among those that helped in shaking loose my overly rational and skeptical mind that kept prisoner any idea of the fantastic or the unknown in this world. Wether he is right or not I don’t really care, honestly… for me it’s been his questions that mattered most.

    Rupert has his heart in the right place, and it is hard for me to imagine why anyone, even a detractor, would want to do him harm.

    I wish him and his family all the best.

  11. hmmmmm… he makes money. That in itself is no crime. very well, you prick my human duty: I too wish him a successful recovery. Further, I wish his assailant find his mind.

  12. ‘sigh’

    I promise from this point forth to READ the link before making assumptions… turns out buddy who stabbed him is more an actual crazy person than a critic.

    !!!SO SORRIES’!!!

  13. You compel me.

    mukashi mukashi, did you ever see the film “The Magnificent Seven”? An American horse-opera with Yul Brynner. The character he plays is derived from the masterpiece film “Shichi Nin No To” , Seven Men of the Sword, The Seven Samurai. In the original, directed by Akira Kurosawal, a samurai demonstrates the concept of “sakki”, the “force of the killer”. He senses a hostile presence by it’s malevolent radiation of the will of intent and avoids the strike before it can be delivered. As Sheldrake did not. The image above is that of Asanuma Inejiro, a resident of the isle of Miyakejima – seven hours sail by steamship from Tokyo Bay. Mr. Asanuma was murdered by the young right wing student you see in the photo (the killer, only seventeen years of age, hung himself in his cell after scrawling a patriotic message). He was killed for being the leader of the then young Japan Socialist Party – anathema to Imperial rightists. On Miyakejima, a verdant volcano protruding from the Pacific, home to a handful of natives,birds and frequent volcanic eruptions, there is a children’s park with a statue of Asanuma-san. He stands in bronze, hands outstretched in blessing, bittersweet reminder to the people of the island of the realities of the mainland. Not far from this park is where Kurosawa himself stood on the slopes of the lava fields on the islands peak when he filmed Such Dreams I have Dreamed, standing stockstill, hands resting on a chairback as he waited for the light. Such things things I have witnessed and like my namesake and Kurosawa’s film… all dreams now…….

  14. You do know that Shichinin no Samurai is the tenth greatest film of all time according to 67,422 IMDb voters.

    And was this assassination related to Mishima Yukio’s coterie?

  15. thanks # 17

    sometimes it seems that questions are on the way out.
    certain knowers need not ask. faith in the research of fellow humans and their funders.

  16. Mishima’s Shield Society came almost a decade later.

    The story about the assassin is interesting though – if only because of the author. Amazingly,he had a relation with Juzo Itami. This world is so small,it is best we take care of each other.

  17. Rupert Sheldrake looks incredibly like “Benjamin Linus” from LOST.

    Perhaps the Asian stabber only wanted to get off the island.

    Who are we to judge?

  18. According to Rupert’s own theories of morphic resonance,
    now that he has been stabbed in the leg ONCE by a wacko,
    Rupert and all scientists similar to him are henceforth predisposed to be repeatedly stabbed in the leg over and over and over and over and over by similar wackos

    No, it’s more like the knowledge of what to do in that situation would enter into the “collective unconcious”. Think of an “internet server” that your brain downloads from, like a web browser. His theories relate to consciousness and not the repeating of physical events.

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