A New Science of Life: The Hypothesis of Formative Causation
What is the nature of life, and how are the shapes and instincts of living organisms determined? Sheldrake's hypothesis, "Formative Causation", proposes that form and function of all living things are passed to succeeding generations by "morphogenetic fields" that extend through space and time.
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The Unsolved Problems of Biology
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