The Presence of the Past: Morphic Resonance and the Habits of Nature

The Presence of the Past: Morphic Resonance and the Habits of Nature


By (author) Rupert Sheldrake

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  • Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 512 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 36mm | 422g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Duxford
  • ISBN 10: 1848313063
  • ISBN 13: 9781848313064
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: 2nd
  • Sales rank: 83,824

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Rupert Sheldrake's theory of morphic resonance challenges the fundamental assumptions of modern science. A world-famous biologist, Sheldrake proposes that all self-organizing systems, from crystals to human societies, inherit a collective memory that influences their form and behaviour. Rather than being ruled by fixed laws, nature is essentially habitual. All human beings draw upon a collective human memory, and in turn contribute to it. Even individual memory depends on morphic resonance rather than on physical memory traces stored within the brain. Morphic resonance works through morphic fields, which organize the bodies of plants and animals, coordinate the activities of brains, and underlie mental activity. Minds are extended beyond brains both in space and time. This fully-revised and updated edition of The Presence of the Past summarizes the evidence for Dr Sheldrake's controversial theory, reviews new research, and explores its implications for biology, chemistry, physics, psychology and sociology. In place of the mechanistic worldview that has dominated biology since the nineteenth century, this book offers a revolutionary alternative, and opens up a new understanding of life, minds and evolution.

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DR. RUPERT SHELDRAKE is a biologist and author of more than 80 scientific papers and ten books, including A New Science of Life (Icon, 2008). He was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge and a Research Fellow of the Royal Society. He is a visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute in Connecticut and a Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences in California.

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'Engaging, provocative ... a tour de force' New Scientist 'One of the most profound and far-reaching books of modern scientific philosophy ... eminently accessible to the general reader.' -- Fortean Times