Sheldrake has had some criticism over the years. Critics have labelled him as some anti-scientist or quack New Ageist. However, his views on modern science are seemingly lucid and rational. He is not in any way against the practice of science, instead he believes that science is fundamentally about challenging our viewpoints. Science today, he reflects, is stuck in its own paradigms and there is not enough reviewing and evaluating to progress our understanding of the world in ways that used to be in the spirit of science. Sheldrake has his own theories, which on the surface appear absurd, are on, closer inspection, perhaps as valid as any other views about our place in the universe. In some ways Sheldrake is the opposite of Richard Dawkins; he is ready to collapse the pillars of science to discover new truths. In this respect, it makes for very interesting and mind-bending reading!