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Morphic Resonance: The Nature of Formative Causation

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New updated and expanded edition of the groundbreaking book that ignited a firestorm in the scientific world with its radical approach to evolution

• Explains how past forms and behaviors of organisms determine those of similar organisms in the present through morphic resonance

• Reveals the nonmaterial connections that allow direct communication across time and space

Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 9th 2009 by Park Street Press (first published 2009)
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Jan 25, 2015 rated it liked it
This book was difficult for me to read because of the jargon. I gave it a lower rating than it may have deserved simply because I feel like I don't fall into the intended audience. This book read like the thesis of a biochemistry graduate and not like a book directed to the layman. I struggled with parts like this,
"Aggregative morphogeneses occur progressively in inorganic systems as the temperature is reduced: as a plasma cools, subatomic particles aggregate into atoms; at lower temperatures, a
Natylie Baldwin
Aug 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars.

Sheldrake's ideas are brilliant and fascinating but I would recommend watching his presentations and interviews (available on YouTube), which are more accessible than this book.
Michael DiBaggio
The great contribution of this book is not that it convincingly establishes the existence of morphic fields and morphic resonance--It does not manage that, in my opinion--but that it shines a light on modern scientific orthodoxy and reveals it to be based on a great many questionable premises and flimsy assumptions. If you want to be provoked to think about things you've always accepted as a matter of course, read this book.
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
I made a real attempt to make it through "Morphic Resonance" but after arriving at the end of chapter five I'm abandoning it.

The biggest problem with it is that it seems entirely unmotivated. The motivation seems to stem from the fact that predictions of forms of relatively simple materials using first principles of physics have not been achieved. Sheldrake takes this as a reasonable motivation for searching out other explanations for forms and arrangements of matter, but I think he makes a grav
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this book though at first it looked rather like an elementary biology book and boring, if you flip through the pages quickly. This is due to the diagrams and illustration included to explain some of Sheldrake's experiment and/or observation of experiments done by others. Sheldrake was quite detailed in his descriptions of the experiments and this made the book easy to read.

To be fair, I have been converted to Sheldrake's point of view, and that is to consider all the evidence
Peter Pike
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great book. Sheldrake's views are controversial, but he writes well and brings much to the table. I'm pretty convinced that something similar, if not identical, to morphic fields must be true to explain a lot of what we see in the world. I'm reading another of his books now, so I will hold off on a full examination of his views until then.

But I would recommend this to anyone who is curious about why certain structures in nature look similar to each other, even though the processes by which the
Aug 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
Has no real evidence an utter infuriating read with no proposal to a formation or cause of such an imaginary concept
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent reading, and worth reading again.
Provides many mind expanding branches.
Alison Lilly
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Part of my practice of believing six impossible things before breakfast, Sheldrake is a fascinating if controversial figure in modern science — and lucky for us, exceptionally lucid and accessible as a writer. His hypothesis (a testable one, he repeatedly reminds us) that the “natural laws” we take for granted are not eternal and fixed but “more like long-standing habits” is sure to ruffle feathers. You will either be the kind of person who can’t bear to read this book, or the kind who can’t put ...more
Giovanni Paffen
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Decent scientific book
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Saya baru mau membaca buku ini, karena banyak dibahas oleh orang2 terkenal, seperti Menteri Syofyan Jalil.
Rupetr Sheldrake has brought focus on the concept of collective memory. His theory of morphic resonance, and cover topics such as animal and plant development and behaviour, memory, telepathy, perception and cognition in general. According to this concept, the morphic field underlies the formation and behavior of holons and morphic units, and can be set up by the repetition of similar acts or thoughts. The hypothesis is that a particular form belonging to a certain group which has already establ ...more
Zarathustra Goertzel
Fairly decent, amusing book on an hypothesis elaborating "habits form" to the laws of physics (< chemistry < biology< behavior ... hierarchically).

I already knew the gist of the idea, so the initial "motivation" a la "this shit isn't properly explained by the current mechanistic theories" was fairly tedious. Ok, but I can sorta see how it may be later. Or it's not necessarily so clear morphic resonance explains that solidly either.

Sheldrake keeps an eye on how to test Reality for something like
Dan Mutter
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
"It becomes clear that current science presupposes uncritically one possible kind of metaphysics. When one faces this, one can at least begin to think about it rather than accepting one way of thinking about it as self-evident, taken for granted. And if one begins to think about it, one might be able to deepen one's understanding of it."
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating concept, but a bit of a dry read. However, presenting the ideas in the form of a traditional essay, complete with detached, impersonal tone allows one to focus on the content rather than the writer.
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science
Morphosis: out of potential through formative cause is Form coming into being. This process can be aggregative as well as epigenetic. I especially appreciate conversation of the place of implicate order (David Bohm) in these dynamics.
Aug 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Interesting, but I found it lacked in scientific foundation. Some interesting hypotheses all the same.
Oct 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Eloquent superbly written book. The truth is evident throughout this book. It just makes sense.
Nov 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Fascinating ideas but a bit lacking in presentation.
The book is great, it informs about issues on metaphysics and the nature of fields of energy that are around us.
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Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist and author of more than 80 scientific papers and ten books. A former Research Fellow of the Royal Society, he studied natural sciences at Cambridge University, where he was a Scholar of Clare College, took a double first class honours degree and was awarded the University Botany Prize. He then studied philosophy and history of science at Harvard University, where he ...more

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