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Morphogenetic Fields of Body and Mind
According to the hypothesis of formative causation, all self-organizing systems, including crystals, plants and animals contain an inherent memory, given by a process called morphic resonance from previous similar systems. 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. This hypothesis is testable experimentally, and implies that the so-called laws of nature are more like habits.
Morphic resonance works through morphic fields, which organize the bodies of plants and animals through vibratory patterns and underlie their abilities to regenerate and heal after damage. Morphic fields also coordinate the vibratory activities of the nervous system and are closely connected to mental activity. Minds are extended beyond brains through these fields, and the effects of attention and intention at a distance can be detected experimentally.
Dr. Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist and author of more than 80 scientific papers and 11 books, including Science Set Free. He is best known for his hypothesis of morphic fields and morphic resonance, leading to a vision of a living, developing universe with its own inherent memory. He was among the top 100 Global Thought Leaders for 2013, as ranked by Switzerland’s leading think tank.
At Cambridge, Sheldrake did research on developmental and cell biology and has also investigated unexplained aspects of animal behavior. He subsequently studied similar phenomena in people, including the sense of being stared at, telepathy between mothers and babies, and premonitions.
Dr. Sheldrake’s research on these subjects is summarized in his books Seven Experiments That Could Change the World, Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home, and The Sense of Being Stared At. In his most recent award-winning book, called The Science Delusion in the UK and Science Set Free in the US, he examines the ten dogmas of modern science and shows how they can be turned into questions that open up new vistas of scientific possibility.