The presence of the past: morphic resonance and the habits of nature

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Park Street Press, Mar 1, 1995 - Medical - 391 pages
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Rupert Sheldrake's theory of morphic resonance challenges the fundamental assumptions of modern science. An accomplished biologist, Sheldrake proposes that all natural systems, from crystals to human society, inherit a collective memory that influences their form and behavior. Rather than being ruled by fixed laws, nature is essentially habitual. The Presence of the Past lays out the evidence for Sheldrake's controversial theory, exploring its implications in the fields of biology, physics, psychology, and sociology. At the same time, Sheldrake delivers a stinging critique of conventional scientific thinking. In place of the mechanistic, neo-Darwinian worldview he offers a new understanding of life, matter, and mind.

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

User Review  - Debbie Lamperd - Goodreads

The idea of Morphogenetic Fields is far reaching, innovative and provides answers to a lot of scientific questions that Darwin's survival of the fittest never did. Based on the premise that memories ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Becky - Goodreads

This book is one of those that immediately sets off alarm signals in my brain that say "pseudo-science hooey." I didn't read much because I hastily flung the book away from my body in a fit of disgust ... Read full review

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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. His other books include A New Science of Life, The Rebirth of Nature, and Seven Experiments That Could Change the World. He lives in London with his wife and two sons.

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