The Presence of the Past: Morphic Resonance and the Habits of Nature

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By Rupert Sheldrake

Publisher : Inner Traditions/Bear & Company

The Presence of the Past: Morphic Resonance and the Habits of Nature

ABOUT Rupert Sheldrake

Rupert Sheldrake
Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist, a former research fellow of the Royal Society at Cambridge, a current fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences near San Francisco, and an academic director and visiting professor at the Graduate Institute in Connecticut. He received his Ph.D. in biochemis More...



Rupert Sheldrake's theory of morphic resonance challenges the fundamental assumptions of modern science. An accomplished biologist, Sheldrake proposes that all natural systems, from crystals to human society, inherit a collective memory that influences their form and behavior. Rather than being ruled by fixed laws, nature is essentially habitual. The Presence of the Past lays out the evidence for Sheldrake's controversial theory, exploring its implications in the fields of biology, physics, psychology, and sociology. At the same time, Sheldrake delivers a stinging critique of conventional scientific thinking. In place of the mechanistic, neo-Darwinian worldview he offers a new understanding of life, matter, and mind.
"So compelling that it sets the reader to underlining words and scribbling notes in the margin."
Washington Post