'Engaging, provocative ... a tour de force' --New Scientist
'One of the most profound and far-reaching books of modern scientific philosophy ... eminently accessible to the general reader.' --Fortean Times
From the Back Cover
Why are rabbits rabbit-shaped? Once blue tits began pecking the tops off milk bottles, why did the habit spread magically across Europe? After Roger Bannister ran the four-minute mile, why did it begin to be broken everywhere?
In 'The Presence of the Past' Rupert Sheldrake's explosive scientific theory provides a new and radical solution to the conundrums of life. Dr Sheldrake's hypothesis is that memory is inherent in nature – all natural systems from crystals to man inherit a collective memory of their kind. Thus, rabbits are rabbit-shaped not only because their DNA encodes their proteins, but also because nature has a 'morphic field', in their case, a rabbit-habit, that informs their growth and instinctive behaviour. According to Dr Sheldrake's theory of 'formative causation', this inherent memory depends on 'morphic resonance', a process that involves action at a distance in both space and time. Far from being stored as material traces within our brains, our own memories result from our tuning in to ourselves in the past.
"…few of us recognize revolutions in the making. Anyone who wants to be able to say in the future, 'I was there', had better read 'The Presence of the Past'
"engaging, provocative … a tour de force"
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