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A New Science of Life: The Hypothesis of Formative Causation

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  166 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Individual plants and animals both draw upon and contribute to the collective memory of their species. This title reinterprets the regularities of nature as being more like habits than immutable laws.
Paperback, 370 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Icon Books (first published 1981)
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This is a really important book. I've heard about Sheldrake and the morphogenic field for years, but never pursued it until now.

As other reviewers here note, this book is rather technical. Accessible if you have a good science education, otherwise I would suggest downloading one of the excellent talks from the author's website

Sheldrake like Einstein proposes what seems like a small modification to the equations that we use to predict the physical world th
I read this many years ago, but remember liking it very much.
Stopped reading the book since it was getting too technical for a casual read. The hypothesis is a little bizzare and very new ageish. The fact that Deepak Chopra endorses Sheldrake doesn't help either.

Hoewever, he sets out his premises quite nicely and builds up on the basics quite neatly. That makes it an interesting read.

I might pick this up later sometime.
In experiments, it's been proven that if you train rats to run a maze in, say, England, and allow different rats in, say, Australia, to run the same maze a day or two later, the new rats will learn to run the maze faster than the first group.
Sheldrake is interested in experiments like these. This book puts forth the foundation of his radical, incomplete theory. It is fairly technical. It is also very convincing in some areas. Anyway, it's interesting and I spend a lot of time thinking about the
Fascinating read.. Creationism is not the only, nor the best challenge to neo-Darwinism, and the mechanistic science paradigm. The gatekeepers at TED banned this man's talk, due to a blackball from their anonymous science board. This is an entirely different tactic to refuting this man's hypotheses and theory. Give this one a read!
An eminently reasonable set of testable hypotheses regarding morphogenesis which, however promising, are potentially paradigm-shattering enough to mobilize contingents of mysotheists to incessantly vandalize the author's wikipedia page and discourage any experimental investigation into the matter.
Sinan Canan
İlginç, spekülatif, zihin uyarıcı ve aslında çığır açıcı bir kitaptır. Yaşamın biçimleri ve oluşumları hakkında morfik alanlar denen kuram hakkında bilgi sahibi olmak ilgilenen herkes için bence zorunlu...
The hypothesis of formative causation is deeply compelling. Repeatedly the ideas in this book pokes holes in our present scientific assumptions about very fundamental aspects of... everything.
Mahipal Lunia
path breaking work, and wonderful exposition of an idea Nature magazine wanted to burn out.
As follow up, check out the Princeton Egg experiment. This is one eye opener.
A wonderful look at a brilliant scientists theory of morphogenesis.
Jan 24, 2008 Kenneth rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone curious about how the world works
Sheldrake's reasoned unification of biology and subtle energy
Excellent book. Innovative concept.
May 02, 2010 Jeanne is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Auf Seite 39, ist nicht so spannend
Probably good but I couldn't finish it.
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