on 10 February 2010
An absolutely fantastic book. Intelligent and warmly written, it shows not only how science and theology can co-exist, but they have common origins. The ideas on morphic fields are simple, yet very insightful and shed light on so much with regards to how nature unfolds and evolves. Sheldrake also gently puts forwards his reasons for accepting nature as animate very, very well and encourages one to look into one's intuitive responses and experiences with the natural world. This book changed my view and compelled me to contact the author with a sense of gratitude.
on 18 July 2013
Rupert presents a balanced and logical presentation of how scientific thought began, describing its progress from the dawn of civilisations through the Renaissance, to modern-day empirical platitudes. He shows that both sides are manifestly wrong in their attempts at explaining what is truly observed in terms of behaviour and function. He concurrently presents an alternative argument based on morphic fields and the fact that everything any living thing does is recorded into these fields forever, to be called on whenever a resonance with a living member of that species occurs with these fields. For example, DNA does not explain why, amid the same protein building blocks, and DNA pattern in each cell, an embryo's arm grows differently to its leg. Morphic fields, however, remember how the blocks go together and exert an influence to survival-successful ends.
I cannot recommend this book enough. It is superb and really eye-opening. For example, the parallelism between marsupial and placental mammals, shows how the same design, but with slight variations, can come about through universal morphic fields. It also leaves room for speculation as to how the morphic fields caused by this planet, match those on other life- supporting planets in the universe, and hence, how similar aliens might be to us. A really wonderful read, and one of my top books ever.
The only slur I could truthfully level at it would be the tendency to drift off into religious connotations as a way of explaining the spirituality of a place. I think energy fields cluster around different bits of nature differently, and they resonate with us in unconsciously noticeable ways differently. Sometimes the resonance affects a whole species in such a way that a place can become important because of its "nice vibe", but it is actually the underlying contours of that bit of nature, that are making the human form happy, not some "godly spirit". jacobsm.com/anarchy.htm#truth
First published 1991.