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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Books Ltd; 3rd edition (5 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848310420
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848310421
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An inspiring read, with ever more to offer an awakening humanity.' -- Positive News

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Dr Rupert Sheldrakeis a biologist and author of more than 80 scientific papers and ten books, including the bestselling Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home. He was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge and a Research Fellow of the Royal Society. He haswritten for numerous newspapers including the Guardian, where he had a regular monthly column, and for a variety of magazines,including New Scientist and the Spectator.

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By JCPC on 9 May 2011
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For anyone who feels there's "more to life" than our present scientific view lets on, and doesn't want to float away in a mystical denial of reality, this book is just what's needed. Rupert Sheldrake almost certainly does not have all the right answers but more importantly he is asking the right questions.

As a medic and PhD engineer, I am sure that future generations will look back at our present mechanical model of life and say "How on earth did they think this would explain the observed facts?" This is your chance to be in at the beginning of phase 3 in the understanding of biology (phase 1: it's all a mystery; phase 2: it's just chemistry...).

The most mind-expanding book I've read in the last year.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Heidi B. Guedel on 21 Oct. 2009
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As the late American Attorney General, Robert F. Kennedy, once stated in a speech he delivered in South Africa decades ago, "Moral Courage" is the willingness to incur the backlash of your own peer group for the sake of the truth as you see it.

Dr. Rupert Sheldrake has demonstrated such Moral Courage for decades, himself - standing up under the poorly substantiated ridicule of the scientific community for his daring theories of Formative Causation, Morphogenetic Fields, and Morphic Resonance, which contradict the unproven (but generally accepted in mainstream scientific circles) material reductionist theories of a random, chaotic and mindless universe giving birth to an equally random and mindless process of abiogenesis and evolution.

This book is the up-to-date compilation of his more than 30 years of research and experimentation. It will surprise, challenge and enlighten you.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By C. G. Boden on 1 Aug. 2009
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A scholarly work which would be a meaty read for an A-level science student, giving a clear view of the new approach to sciences pioneered by James Lovelock, Bruce Lipton, and the author inter alia. I was given this book by an intelligent friend who was unable to get through it.
The book is well structured. In 220 pages of thesis he describes several poorly-resolved questions in biology and presents his theory of morphogenetic fields. He applies it convincingly to biological problems (why things grow into a certain form, inheritance of form and behaviour, instinct and learning) with a sprinkling of chemistry (crystal growth and form) and physics (upward drift of melting points). There follows an appendix suggesting ten experiments which could prove the existence of morphic fields and 53 pages of notes references and indexes.
Despite his very well thought out theory and the interesting subject matter, the style, language and terminology that Sheldrake uses (perhaps through necessity) in this book are unlikely to appeal to an "average person". I much preferred and enjoyed his "Seven Experiments that could Change the World" which is a much lighter and more accessible read, yet simply describes his "morphic field" in a far more interesting way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. G. Cantrill on 5 Feb. 2014
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Rupert Sheldrake is an English author, lecturer, and researcher , he was a biochemist and cell biologist at Cambridge University from 1967 to 1973 and principal plant physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics until 1978

After reading an interview with Rupert Sheldrake in Fortean times , I just had to begin reading his books.
The work is well written and builds an understanding of the various views on the nature of life processes within the universe.
The work may upset some deeply entrenched scientists because of the ideas presented.
What's more troubling is that because of this some people will never read his work but will vigorously deny any reality of the principals presented.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lisamay on 9 Feb. 2013
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Rupert Sheldrake looks as the inner workings of nature and I enjoy his books. I can see why people who are alternative like them, because he is demonstrating the wonders of nature from a scientific point of view without losing the magic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Burnett on 11 Jan. 2014
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The first edition was published in 1981 and scurrilously attacked by John Maddox as editor of Nature. Among many others I riposted as vigorously as any but Sheldrake was hammered by a sycophantic science community (much as Daryl Bem has recently been). This revised edition has been carefully restated but in some ways lacks the vigour of the original edition. In the original there was a boldness in stating that morphic resonance must be seen as a feature of material physics: in this edition there are qualifying caveats and adverbial clauses that inhibit the claim for the relevance of morphogenetic fields and formative causation to material physics; for those who can read between the lines Sheldrake has hoisted his banner for others to be drawn to, but I am a little saddened by the loss of the original vigour because by now material physics should have realised the relevance of formative causation to the process realm of quantum mechanical events. Instead of beating the bushes of every physical law for an answer to emerge, the scientific community should recognise that morphogenetic fields must exist in an adjacent dimension to the physical universe.
The book should be read at least twice with an open mind and should be on the shelves of everyone enquiring into the nature of physical reality (this applies as much to those with an interest in matters of the spirit)
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