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New Science of Life, A

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The Hypothesis of Morphic Resonance created an uproar when it was first published; the British journal Nature declared it the best candidate for burning there has been for many years.

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Why do many phenonmena defy the explanations of conventional biology and physics? For instance, when laboratory rats in one place have learned how to navigate a new maze, why do rats elsewhere seem to learn it more easily? Rupert Sheldrake describes this process as morphic resonance: the past forms and behaviors of organisms, he argues, influence organisms in the present through direct connections across time and space. Calling into question many of our fundamental concepts about life and consciousness, Sheldrake reinterprets the regularities of nature as being more like habits than immutable laws.

"A startling new theory... intriguing beyond words."       ~Washington Post

"An immensely challenging and stimulating hypothesis, which proposes an unorthodox approach to evolution."      ~Arthur Koestler, The Ghost in the Machine

"The hypothesis starts from the idea that the development of embryos - the growth of a baby, for example, in the womb, or the growth of a tree from the seed - depends on fields, organizing fields called morphic fields. The organization of behavior, like the instinct of a spider, for example, depends on similar morphic fields.

I think there are two processes at work. One is the principle of habit based on morphic fields. Through established patterns of activity - the more often they're repeated - they become more probable. So nature is essentially habit-forming, and all aspects of nature, I think, are based on the principle of habit... what we call the laws of nature are more like the habits of nature. So I think habit is one principle. Now, at the same time there's a principle of creativity, because if things all remained in grooves of habit nothing would ever change... creativity essentially involves the appearance of new patterns or new forms or new structures, or what I would call new morphic fields.

For example, at one time there were no bicycles. For the first time, somebody rode a bicycle... Now tens and hundreds of millions of people in the world have the habit of bicycle riding, and I think precisely because so many people have that habit, it's easier for everybody else to learn to ride bicycles, on average, by morphic resonance from this habitual activity." 

RUPERT SHELDRAKE, Ph.D., is a former Research Fellow of the Royal Society and was a scholar of Clare College, Cambridge, and a Frank Knox Fellow at Harvard University.

Author Sheldrake, Rupert
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 272 pp.
Publisher Park Street Press 1995
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