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"This frontal assault on conventional science embodies a radical rethinking of humanity's place in the scheme of things." (Publishers Weekly)

The Rebirth of Nature is a breakthrough book, beautifully written and spiritually oriented. It shows our intimate relationship with the universe--that we are a part of a breathing, living, thinking cosmos and that intelligence is a pervasive reality inseparably one with nature. This book will take everyone who reads it to new heights of understanding.” (Deepak Chopra, M.D., author of Ageless Body, Timeless Mind)

"A beautifully written, deeply felt, and sinuously argued challenge to many habits of thought." (Booklist)

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The Rebirth of Nature is a breakthrough book, beautifully written and spiritually oriented. It shows our intimate relationship with the universe--that we are a part of a breathing, living, thinking cosmos and that intelligence is a pervasive reality inseparably one with nature. This book will take everyone who reads it to new heights of understanding.”
--Deepak Chopra, M.D., author of Ageless Body, Timeless Mind

“This frontal assault on conventional science embodies a radical rethinking of humanity’s place in the scheme of things.”
--Publishers Weekly

“A beautifully written, deeply felt, and sinuously argued challenge to many habits of thought.”
--Booklist

RUPERT SHELDRAKE, one of the world’s foremost biologists, has revolutionized scientific thinking with his vision of living, developing universe with it’s own inherent memory. In The Rebirth of Nature Sheldrake urges us to move beyond the centuries-old mechanistic view of nature, explaining in lucid terms why we can no longer regard the world as inanimate and purposeless. Through an astute critique of the dominant scientific paradigm, Sheldrake shows how recent developments in science itself have brought us to the threshold of a new synthesis in which traditional wisdom, intuitive experience, and scientific insight can be mutually enriching.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Park Street Press; Original ed. edition (April 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892815108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892815104
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #704,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Aleksandra Nita-Lazar on November 1, 2006
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It may appear that the division into serious scientists and con-men of the scientific world is something obvious and undeniable. Nevertheless, there are people who are real scientits, but they profess controversial, or even revolutionary, theories, called by some a scientific heresy. One of the representatives of this group is Rupert Sheldrake, a British biologist, educated in Cambridge and Harvard, publishing in Nature and other renowned journals specializing in natural sciences.The basis for most of his theories can be found in "The Rebirth of Nature. The Greening of Science and God".

In "The Rebirth of Nature" Sheldrake describes the animistic theory of nature in contrast to the mechanistic one, starting with a solid, historical introduction. The original, old beliefs, based on the power of Nature and the Mother Goddess and, in consequence, on matriarchy, gave way initially to the aggressive male gods, resulting in the end of simple haromony, and beginning of wars and hostile human attitude towards the surrounding world (Sheldrake is very interested in feminism, and vice versa, proving, that all theories and philosophies, even at the surface very diverse, somehow, somewhere have a point in common).

The next, and, according to the author, much more important breakthrough was the end of search for scientific proofs of existence of the soul, ether and any divine, or experimentally undescribable, elements, warranting the existence of life. The faith in the divine was then substituted by the mechanistic theory - which says that we, humans, together with all beings, are governed solely by the laws of physics and these laws explain absolutely all functions of ou organisms as well as personal and social behavior.
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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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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.
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For thousands of years, people regarded that earth and the physical world as alive. All things possessed a soul that guided their development and purpose. God was considered the soul of the physical universe.

Since the 17th century, there arose a group of scientists who turned away from this tradition to declare that nothing was really alive, that even life forms were nothing more than mechanical and dead entities governed by physical laws.

Rupert Sheldrake has joined a contingent of biologists and other scientists reacting against this development. They are led by the famous British scientists Jim Lovelock, who developed the Gaia hypothesis that the earth and indeed the whole universe are a living organisms that exhibit qualities of purpose and intelligence in developing a planet where intelligent beings can thrive. We are living, thinking beings because we are part of a living, thinking universe.

Sheldrake marshals developments in science itself that support belief in the soul. Most impressive are the descriptions of changes in magnetic and gravitational fields that were required for the development of life on earth.

The last few chapters are on how these animistic findings affect both religious and philosophical beliefs to change our whole orientation towards life and the earth. It is hard to over-emphasize the positive changes this will make in people's lives and happiness. We are already living in heaven.

The revival of the soul as part of the body and not separate from it will do great things for psychological health and the happiness of people. The same thing for the concept of nature as the face of God. It will cause a revolution in religion.
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