Rupert Sheldrake Stabbed in Sante Fe

Reports from Strange Attractor’s Further blog on a near-fatal attack on a behavioural scientist Rupert Sheldrake while lecturing at the 10th International Conference on Science and Consciousness:

An Englishman speaking on “thought transference” during an international conference at La Fonda on Wednesday was stabbed in the leg by a Japanese man who seemed upset by his remarks, witnesses said. Rupert Sheldrake of London was sitting up and alert as medics took him on a gurney to an ambulance outside Santa Fe’s historic hotel at the southeast corner of the Plaza. Asked if he was OK, Sheldrake smiled and responded, “I hope so.”

Rupert Sheldrake, is, of course one of the world’s most interesting and perhaps controversial biologists, thanks to his theory of morphic fields and morphic resonance, “which leads to a vision of a living, developing universe with its own inherent memory”. He’s the author of Dogs that Know When Their Owners are Coming Home and Seven Experiments That Could Change the World.
The report continues:

Hirano Kazuki, 33, of Yokohama, Japan, spent Wednesday night in jail after he was arrested on charges of aggravated battery and assault with intent to commit a violent felony. He provided no resistance as officers led him in handcuffs from the hotel.

Hirano had been attending the 10th International Conference on Science and Consciousness. Other attendees said he had been acting oddly. They said he confronted Sheldrake earlier this week, telling him he heard voices and saw demons. Another featured speaker at the conference told the man he was “full of negative energy” and counseled him to “calm down,” said Evan Mecham, an attendee from Broomfield, Colo.

Read the full story: Sante Fe New Mexican: Police arrest suspect after attack at lecture »
Update, posted to the Daily Grail:

“Rupert is recovering really well and is now out of hospital. It didn’t take him long to walk with a stick and he has no pain. The doctors are astonished at his speedy recovery. Many people have been sending him healing and saying prayers for his speedy recovery, which appears to have been very successful indeed. He is very cheery and said he’s enjoyed his time in hospital where he’s received many messages of love and warmth giving him lots of strength. He will be fulfilling his commitments in Tucson at the next conference this week.”

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