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Morphic Resonance : The Nature of Formative Causation - Rupert Sheldrake

Morphic Resonance

The Nature of Formative Causation

Paperback Published: 1st September 2009
ISBN: 9781594773174
Number Of Pages: 352

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New updated and expanded edition of the groundbreaking book that ignited a firestorm in the scientific world with its radical approach to evolution:

  • Explains how past forms and behaviours of organisms determine those of similar organisms in the present through morphic resonance
  • Reveals the non-material connections that allow direct communication across time and space
When A New Science of Life was first published the British journal Nature called it "the best candidate for burning there has been for many years." The book called into question the prevailing mechanistic theory of life when its author, Rupert Sheldrake, a former research fellow of the Royal Society, proposed that morphogenetic fields are responsible for the characteristic form and organisation of systems in biology, chemistry, and physics and that they have measurable physical effects. Using his theory of morphic resonance, Sheldrake was able to reinterpret the regularities of nature as being more like habits than immutable laws, offering a new understanding of life and consciousness.

In the years since its first publication, Sheldrake has continued his research to demonstrate that the past forms and behaviour of organisms influence present organisms through direct immaterial connections across time and space. This can explain why new chemicals become easier to crystallise all over the world the more often their crystals have already formed, and why when laboratory rats have learned how to navigate a maze in one place, rats elsewhere appear to learn it more easily. With more than two decades of new research and data, Rupert Sheldrake makes an even stronger case for the validity of the theory of formative causation that can radically transform how we see our world and our future.

About the Author

Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D., is a former research fellow of the Royal Society and former director of studies in biochemistry and cell biology at Clare College, Cambridge University. He is the author of more than 80 technical papers and articles appearing in peer-reviewed scientific journals and 10 books, including The Presence of the Past, The Rebirth of Nature, and Seven Experiments That Could Change the World.

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"Well written, provocative and entertaining . . . Improbable? Yes, but so was Galileo."

Preface to the 2009 Editionp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xxxiii
Introductionp. 1
The Unsolved Problems of Biologyp. 5
The background of successp. 5
The problems of morphogenesisp. 8
Behaviorp. 11
Evolutionp. 13
The origin of lifep. 14
Mindsp. 15
Parapsychologyp. 17
Conclusionsp. 19
Three Theories of Morphogenesisp. 20
Descriptive and experimental researchp. 20
Mechanismp. 22
Vitalismp. 32
Organicismp. 38
The Causes of Formp. 43
The problem of formp. 43
Form and energyp. 48
The structures of crystalsp. 53
The structures of proreinsp. 59
Formative causationp. 62
Morphogenetic Fieldsp. 65
Morphogeneric germsp. 65
Chemical morphogenesisp. 68
Morphogeneric fields as ôprobability structuresöp. 72
Probabilistic processes in biological morphogenesisp. 75
Morphogeneric germs in biological sysremsp. 78
The Influence of Past Formsp. 81
The constancy and repetition of formsp. 81
The general possibility of trans-temporal causal connectionsp. 83
Morphic resonancep. 84
The influence of the postp. 86
Implications of an attenuated morphic resonancep. 92
An experimental test with crystalsp. 93
Formative Causation and Morphogenesisp. 99
Sequential morphogenesesp. 99
The polarity of morphogenetic fieldsp. 100
The size of morphogenetic fieldsp. 102
The increasing specificity of morphic resonance during morphogenesisp. 103
The maintenance and stability of formsp. 104
A note on physical ôdualismöp. 105
A summary of the hypothesis of formative causationp. 106
The Inheritance of Formp. 110
Genetics and heredityp. 110
Alrered morphogenetic germsp. 112
Altered pathways of morphogenesisp. 116
Dominancep. 117
Family resemblancesp. 121
Environmental influences and morphic resonancep. 121
The inheritance of acquired characteristicsp. 123
Epigeneric inheritancep. 124
Experiments with phenocopiesp. 127
The Evolution of Biological Formsp. 131
The neo-Darwinian theory of evoiutionp. 131
Mutationsp. 133
The divergence of chreodesp. 134
The suppression of chreodesp. 137
The repetition of chreodesp. 138
The influence of other speciesp. 140
The origin of new formsp. 142
Movements and behavioral fieldsp. 144
Introductionp. 144
The movements of plantsp. 145
Amoeboid movementp. 148
The repetitive morphogenesis of specialized structuresp. 150
Nervous systemsp. 151
Morphogenetic fields, motor fields, and behavioral fieldsp. 154
Behavioral fields and the sensesp. 159
Regulation and regenerationp. 160
Morphic fieldsp. 162
Instinct And Learningp. 163
The influence of past actionsp. 163
Instinctp. 166
Sign stimulip. 167
Learningp. 170
Innate tendencies to learnp. 174
The Inheritance and Evolution of Behaviorp. 176
The inheritance of behaviorp. 176
Morphic resonance and behavior: on experimental testp. 178
The evolution of behaviorp. 185
Human behaviorp. 188
Four Possible Conclusionsp. 192
The hypothesis of formative causationp. 192
Modified material ismp. 193
The conscious selfp. 194
The creative universep. 198
Transcendenr realityp. 199
New Tests for Morphic Resonancep. 200
Bose-Einstein condensatesp. 201
Melting poinrsp. 202
Crystal transformationsp. 208
Adaptations in cell culturesp. 210
Heat tolerance in plantsp. 215
The transmission of aversionp. 218
The evolution of animal behaviorp. 222
Collective human memoryp. 226
Improving human performancep. 233
Resonant computersp. 243
Morphic Fields and the Implicate Order-A Dialogue with David Bohmp. 249
Notesp. 266
Bibliographyp. 292
Index of Namesp. 307
Index of Subjectsp. 31
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ISBN: 9781594773174
ISBN-10: 1594773173
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st September 2009
Publisher: Inner Traditions Bear and Company
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Number: 4

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