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scholarly but heavy
on 1 August 2009
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.