You find this sort of thing in some people’s response to acupuncture. Since the ideas on which traditional acupuncture are based do not fit very well with a materialist world view, they are pleased to dismiss acupuncture as some kind of ancient oriental mumbo jumbo. A properly scientific approach, surely, would be to look at the evidence for and against acupuncture’s effectiveness; some of these people who like to think of themselves as scientific seem to believe that acupuncture “cannot work”, despite evidence to the contrary.
I suppose this should not be too surprising. Dogmatism is an all too human response to the uncertainty we often find ourselves in, and people who like to think of themselves as “scientific” are just as likely to take refuge in it as anyone else; perhaps more so, since thinking of themselves as “scientific” may lead them to believe that dogmatism is something that only affects other people.
The truth is that most of us get attached to a certain way of looking at and understanding the world, and with this can easily come hostility to ideas which are at odds with this way. Dr. Sheldrake’s book is quite good at helping us to let go of such attachments and get back to an openness and freshness of perception from which science, among other things, springs. As James Le Fanu says, it “throws open the shutters to reveal our world to be so much more intriguing and profound than could ever have been supposed.”