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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.
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on 13 February 2015
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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.
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on 22 March 1998
As a neuropsychologist I found this book challenging. The theory of memory as morphic fields begins to explain phenomena such as the "100 monkeys rule" and the description of thought as a non-local event. Strongly recommend this book to any inquisitive mind.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 1 August 2013
The Rebirth of Nature: The greening of science and God by Rupert Sheldrake, Rider (Random House), 1990, 232 ff.

The author has taken the title of his book from the cycle of nature, from dormancy in the winter to its rebirth each spring. The subtitle derives from the fact that 21st century science has, however reluctantly, had to make room for a spiritual dimension in the material world. With Victorian views of deity now thoroughly discredited as simplistic fantasies, Sheldrake presents us with a new image of God based on the contemporary science of the natural world. The older mechanistic and impersonal view of nature is not discarded but refined in the light of modern discoveries in physics and biology.
In the opening chapter Sheldrake gives us something of the mythological background to spiritual belief where the views of God as male and nature as feminine are the products of age-old patriarchal societies in which men were to be feared and obeyed while women were to be used and exploited. Biblical stories tended to support this outlook, while the philosophy of Francis Bacon promoted the desecration of nature for the benefit of Man. These early chapters give an outline of the interpretation of biblical and early scientific writings.
Sheldrake then goes on to discuss the conflict during the late 18th and 19th centuries between the reverence for nature shown by the romantic poets and painters and the practical exploitation of nature's resources by the engineers of the Industrial Revolution. The work of Newton and his successors also saw the beginning of a wholly materialistic vision of nature and of man.
The discussion then moves on to vitalism and the nature of that spiritual energy or life-force that clearly exists within living things: what is it that makes them living beings rather than dead or simply inanimate? A revival of this world-view would represent the `greening' of science. So we move into Sheldrake's ideas of morphic resonance and formative causation, and the role of the morphic field in cosmic evolution. The discussion of Gaia and the Anthropic Principle bring the author back to the role of pagan festivals. The designation by Faraday of the region of space in which a force acts as a `field' was intended to show the connection with the natural world, and the discussion leads easily into the role of sacred spaces and the vision of God as a natural and universal spiritual energy. This is a very satisfying book for its holistic vision, doing away with the long-established division of science and religion. At no point should the non-scientist get lost in the terminology. There are Notes, a Bibligraphy and an Index at the end.

Howard Jones is the author of Evolution of Consciousness

A New Science of Life
The Presence of the Past: Morphic Resonance and the Habits of Nature
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