The Presence of the Past
A New Science Classic from
“The Most Controversial
Scientist on Earth”
“Our memories may not be stored inside our brains, as we usually assume they must be.”
Morphic fields, like the known fields of physics, are non-material regions of influence extending in space and continuing in time. When any organic or inorganic organized system ceases to exist, its organizing field disappears from its place, but its morphic field does not disappear, appearing again physically in other times and places, wherever and whenever the physical conditions are appropriate. And containing within itself a memory of its previous physical existence.
The Presence of the Past lays out the evidence for Sheldrake’s controversial theories, 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, which sees nature as a machine that, although constant and governed by eternal laws, is nonetheless somehow evolutionary. In place of the mechanistic, neo-Darwinian worldview he offers a new understanding of life, matter, and mind.
“Engaging, provocative … a tour de force.”
— Washington Post
“So compelling that it sets the reader to underlining words and scribbling notes in the margin.”
— Nicholas Humphrey, author of The Inner Eye
“Bold, clear, and incisive, Sheldrake’s thesis constitutes a sweeping challenge to the very fundamentals of established science. It may outrage or delight, but it will never fail to stimulate. Sheldrake has a remarkable ability to identify the weak spots of scientific orthodoxy.”
— Paul Davies, author of the Edge of Infinity
Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D., is a former Research Fellow of the Royal Society and was a scholar of Clare College, Cambridge, and a Frank Knox Fellow at Harvard University. He is the author of several ground-breaking books in the field of new science, including biology.
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