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The Presence of the Past Rupert Sheldrake lays out new evidence in support of his theory of morphic resonance, which proposes that all self-organizing systems inherit a collective memory and that evolution is an interplay of habit and creativity rather than merely "survival of the fittest." Full description

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Down the Rabbit Hole 24 octobre 2012
Par Jonathan Cobb - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I had previously read "Morphic Resonance"(titled "A New Science of Life" in the U.K.), which introduced the concept, but that book focused almost exclusively on its applications to biology. In this book, Sheldrake expands the concept of morphic resonance to a much wider variety of areas, from genetics and inheritance to mind and memory to culture and language to psi and the paranormal, which will inform his later work. While the simple non-materialist aspect of morphic resonance is almost certainly part of the reason it is so taboo among mainstream scientists, I think it's likely that a bigger reason they fear it is because of the can of worms it opens onto other taboo subjects, such as telepathy, out-of-body experiences, past life memories, and so on. Sheldrake, in a show of open-mindedness we're taught to expect from scientists but rarely see, is not afraid to tackle these topics head on. This book opens up the door to incredible possibilities. How far down the rabbit hole do you want to go?
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PARADIGM CHANGING !!! 22 août 2013
Par Robert Steven Thomas - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Rupert Sheldrake is undoubtedly one of the most towering forces in modern science. That is not to say he is controversial within the science Establishment ... but so too were Galileo, Darwin, Einstein & Planck among their contemporaries. Because of cutting edge new research and thinking in the areas of quantum physics, DNA and microbiology, last century's outdated worldview of "Scientific Materialism" is beginning to unravel and fall apart at the seams. If you have an interest in better understanding what the new 21st Century World Paradigm is going to look like this book is a great place to start. Many of the original ideas in this book came from earlier editions. I have read them both. However, this modern abridged volume is clearly the best version. It is exquisitely written, easy to follow and contains the most current scientific evidence to support the author's brilliant new understanding of cosmology and consciousness.
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Hard Practical Applications 7 décembre 2014
Par Rob F. - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I read an interview of Sheldrake and despite coming up with an ingenious theory, he does not seem to understand its applications. The interviewer directly asked him it there were any practical applications for his Morphic Resonance theory and he described something similar to mental phone lines. We already have phones! The reason his theories have not taken off more, since he published them back in the eighties, is because he does not do a good enough job selling them. World shakingly useful practical applications cannot be ignored this long.

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.
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Rupert Sheldrake (1988; 2012): The Presence of the Past: Morphic Resonance and the Memory of Nature 13 novembre 2014
Par Vincent Brown - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Named “the most controversial scientist on Earth” by Robert Wilson (author of Prometheus Rising and The Illuminati Papers) Rupert Sheldrake, a Biologist with a PhD in Biochemistry from Cambridge University is rocking the foundations of current scientific thinking and method. A concerned and forward thinking scientist, Sheldrake questions the current scientific establishment and where society is being led by this way of thinking. He proposed his concepts of Formative Causation, Morphic Resonance, and the memory of nature (Sheldrake, 1988) as a way of explaining how a species retains it form through many generations as well as the migratory patterns of some animals, birds and insects. Updated in 2012, The Presence of The Past: Morphic Resonance and the Memory of Nature, Sheldrake brings his ideas and concepts of Formative Causation closer to becoming a valid theory.

“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.
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A long-awaited revelation. 2 décembre 2014
Par Carys Evans-Corrales - Publié sur Amazon.com
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At last! An outstanding book by a distinguished scientist who faces full-on those aspects of reality that other scientists are afraid to approach. Rupert Sheldrake's theory of morphic resonance explains phenomena that ordinary human beings have known for thousands of years to exist, despite the fact that these phenomena, since they do not fit within the rules of Newtonian physics, have been lumped together as "paranormal" and are therefore not considered worthy of serious study. It has been a pleasure to peruse this book, in which Sheldrake reports on a wide range of scientific research in a manner that is understandable to most readers and which
touches on many fields of science. I heartily recommend it as an eye-opening step on a path to understanding how our universe works as a single living entity
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