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Sheldrake has shown in the past that he is not afraid to be labeled a rebel, thanks to his theory of morphic resonance, which suggests the following:
Natural systems, or morphic units, at all levels of complexity are animated, organized, and coordinated by morphic fields, which contain an inherent memory. Natural systems inherit this collective memory from all previous things of their kind by a process called morphic resonance, with the result that patterns of development and behavior become increasingly habitual through repetition.
Sheldrake believes that the "telepathy" between pets and humans, or between flocks of birds or schools of fish that move as a single organism, can be explained this theory. Sheldrake is less persuaded by anecdotes that suggest animal clairvoyance--warning of something in the near future--but refuses to disallow the possibility.
He accepts that the case histories he details so thoroughly in this book are anecdotal, but that makes them no less real; and as a scientist himself he sets up experimental conditions for studying this previously ignored phenomenon that show beyond any doubt that the phenomenon exists. He castigates traditional scientists for their refusal to countenance anything that doesn't fit in with their existing paradigms (or prejudices) and challenges them to come up with some more "acceptable" explanation--but none is forthcoming.
This fascinating book is a first attempt at a scientific investigation into a puzzling but quite common occurrence. One hopes that other scientists will follow Sheldrake's brave lead. --David V. Barrett --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Fascinating book. The skeptics poo poo the idea of psychic abilities, but if they would bother to read the data and seriously try to replicate it with an open mind, they might... Read morePublished 2 months ago by S. Walton
this is a Sheldrake classic. It's easy to read, and the discussion is quite interesting. The topic of animal telepathy isn't really something that has been deeply explored in... Read morePublished 2 months ago by The fat cat
My second reading of this wonderful book. I have recommended my local library buy a copy. Also I advised Rupert Sheldrake about elephant telepathy that occurred with Lawrence... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Brian Shadler
This book was written by an extremely competent person who has delved deeply into statistics.He obtained a huge amount of verified data. Read morePublished 7 months ago by plumshoe753
Rupert is one of the great thinkers of out time. All his books are excellent, but this one is very strong on proofs of the presence of spiritual communication.Published 9 months ago by Wayne