- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Park Street Pr; 4 Rev Exp edition (15 April 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594774617
- ISBN-13: 978-1594774614
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Presence of the Past: Morphic Resonance and the Memory of Nature Paperback – 15 Apr 2012
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"Bold, clear, and incisive, Sheldrake's thesis constitutes a sweeping challenge to the very fundamentals of established science. It may outrage or delight, but it will never fail to stimulate. Sheldrake has a remarkable ability to identify the weak spots of scientific orthodoxy."
"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."
"Rupert Sheldrake is the most controversial scientist on Earth."
"So compelling that it sets the reader to underlining words and scribbling notes in the margin."
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NEW SCIENCE / BIOLOGY "Bold, clear, and incisive, Sheldrake's thesis constitutes a sweeping challenge to the very fundamentals of established science. It may outrage or delight, but it will never fail to stimulate. Sheldrake has a remarkable ability to identify the weak spots of scientific orthodoxy." --Paul Davies, physicist, cosmologist, and author of The Mind of God and The Goldilocks Enigma "So compelling that it sets the reader to underlining words and scribbling notes in the margin." --Washington Post In this fully revised and updated edition of The Presence of the Past, Cambridge biologist Rupert Sheldrake lays out new evidence and research in support of his controversial theory of morphic resonance and explores its far-reaching implications in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, and sociology. His theory proposes that all self-organizing systems, from crystals to human society, inherit a collective memory that influences their form and behavior. This collective memory works through morphic fields, which organize the bodies of plants and animals, coordinate the activities of brains, and underlie conscious mental activity. Sheldrake shows how all human beings draw upon and contribute to a collective human memory and that even our individual recollections depend on morphic resonance rather than physical storage in the brain. He explores the major role that morphic resonance plays not just in animal instincts and cultural inheritance, such as religion and ritual, but also in the larger process of evolution, which Sheldrake shows to be more an interplay of habit and creativity than a mere "survival of the fittest." Offering a replacement for the outdated, mechanistic worldview that has dominated biology since the nineteenth century, Sheldrake's new understanding of life, matter, and mind shows that rather than being ruled by fixed laws, nature is essentially habitual. And because memory is inherent in nature, he explains, in order to survive successfully for generations to come, we will have to give up our old habits of thought and adopt new ones: habits that are better adapted to life in a world living in the presence of the past--as well as the presence of the future. RUPERT SHELDRAKE, Ph.D., is a former research fellow of the Royal Society and former director of studies in biochemistry and cell biology at Clare College, Cambridge University. He is the author of more than 80 technical papers and articles appearing in peer-reviewed scientific journals and 10 books, including Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home, Morphic Resonance, and The Rebirth of Nature. He lives in London.See all Product Description
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“Fields” were first proposed by James Clerk Maxwell then expanded by Albert Einstein in his General Theory of Relativity and are now well accepted in the scientific community. In The Presence of the Past (2012) Rupert Sheldrake advances his concept of morphogenetic fields; fields of influence specific to a species, connected through morphic resonance, or a kind of species memory. Morphogenetic Fields and Morphic Resonance provide a possible basis for modeling Sheldrake’s process of Formative Causation, where a species develops in the patterns set down by previous members of the same species. A Foxglove flower, in average, will grow in much the same way as all previous Foxgloves, a kind of composite of its ancestors, guided through morphic resonance and the knowledge contained in its morphogenetic field; its species field. Also through this resonance, the life experience of each species member informs its field adding to the stored knowledge and history and therefore the potential resiliency of that species.
Morphic Resonance and a memory within Nature could have huge impacts on how post-modern people relate to a shrinking and increasing violent world. Perhaps we humans have a morphogenetic field of our own that is the accumulation of human experience and interactions over our species entire evolutional history. If we have lost our ability to connect or understand the resonance flowing to us from our field we are then cut off from the vast collected knowledge of the human race, to our loss. However, to reawaken this connection could heal our deep-held existential angst, lead to the florescence of human-being, and create a thriving future for all species.
The Presence of the Past delves into the history of the scientific perspective and the assumptions, generalizations, and ideals that have guided the scientific community up to this day. This provides a framework and invitation for the reader to decide for themselves if Sheldrake’s arguments sensible and sound. One may agree or not agree with Rupert Sheldrake’s ways of thinking and relating, but everyone will be stimulated into thought and probably into taking copious notes by the reading. This remarkable book is sure to please all who are thinking out of the box and seeking new ways of understanding the world around them. Written in clear and friendly language this is a good read for the non-scientific and scientist alike, I highly recommend this book.
The applications can radically transform social organization for the better. Get That? SOCIAL ORGANIZATION. SOCIAL ORGANIZATION! SOCIAL ORGANIZATION!!!! STRUCTURE IS EVERYTHING.
Humans think socially. Reason is overrated. If humans were such reasonable creatures would the world really be this way? No!
The main problem of our times is that the Human Race is utterly confused. Utterly Confused. Society has changed drastically in the last 200 years and people are utterly confused.
Some people believe all the answers come from the Bible. Other people think Selfish Genes are our primary motivation. They are both equally unpalatable. People are utterly confused. Did I say that yet?
The applications are in these areas: Education, Ecology, Mental Health, Physical Health, HOPE, and MEANING IN LIFE. Oh, but wait, these are insignificant trifles. Negligible ninnies of nincompoopville! Right?
Come on people. Come on Sheldrake. Don't make me write a book on your own theories. He's going to do it. He is going to make me write the book. You bastard.
Currently, the worlds "greatest" minds are still rolling in the wake created by Darwinian materialism. His achievement has become our trap. We are left to believe we have no power to overcome the great machinations of natures physical laws. Darwin burned to the ground Rene' Descartes dualistic universe, where the mind was existed outside the influence of the material plane, and replaced it with the church of monotheistic materialism. Man is now viewed as a slave to his physical, and biological condition. We are nothing more than the accidental fabrication of random genetic mutations that survive replications and trials over eons of time.
But through it all many understand the insanity of this view. There is an unnatural quality to this belief that is disharmonic with the subconscious mind. Those who struggle with this feeling are propelled to look further, question and rediscover. There are indeed "magical" qualities to the universe. Gravity, magnetism, and electro-magnetic radiation: these are invisible forces that affect our physical world that once defined by a single line in a textbook, dissolves our natural curiosity before it is able to take form. What other invisible forces affect our world? Are there other forces, universes interceding and interacting with ours? Do we possess free will? A true scientist with a basic understanding of the paradigm shifting evidence brought forward by quantum mechanics understands that the mechanistic worldview is at best outdated. But to be reborn, first we must die. Perhaps that is what the world is experiencing now.
I do not have all the answers and neither does Sheldrake. But what this book brings forward is a new path. There are discoveries in medicine and biology waiting to be found if we are brave enough to take these steps. He is pointing a light in a direction not walked by man in centuries. No he is not the first; and he is not insane either. He is simply the man in Solomon Asch's experiment who called the line exactly as he saw it. I only wish there were more brave enough tell their fellow man, honestly, what their eyes and ears tell them. Otherwise science will continue to denigrate into the religion it has become.