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Book Title: A New Science of Life: The Hypothesis of Formative Causation|
The author of the book: Rupert Sheldrake
Date of issue: 1987
ISBN 13: 9780586085837
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 7.34 MB
Edition: Paladin Grafton Books
Read full description of the books A New Science of Life: The Hypothesis of Formative Causation: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 http://www.sheldrake.org/B&R/audi...
Sheldrake like Einstein proposes what seems like a small modification to the equations that we use to predict the physical world that has hugely profound effects. Small modifications that explain current unexplainables and make testable predictions.
Like Einstein? Maybe I should say like Galileo, for as Sir John Maddox wrote as editor of Nature, "Sheldrake is putting forth magic instead of science, and that should be condemned using exactly the same language that the Pope used to condemn Galileo, and for the same reason. It is heresy."
Heresy indeed. For although the book is chokka with very good science and science history, Sheldrake points out in his incisive analysis of the current paradigm that it is based on religious metaphysics we inherit from the Greeks, and he ends his book with an analysis of possible metaphysics that can encompass his theories.
Maddox speaking of magic is perhaps referring to Sheldrake's telepathy experiments. I've known about scientifically iron clad verifications of telepathy for quite a while, but it's the data from the physical world that really blow me away and give his work a powerful extra bite.
Did you know that boiling points of compounds, which are in our current understanding constant, with new manufactured compounds actually start low and slowly increase? Go to the website and give it a listen.
Read information about the authorRupert 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 was a Frank Knox Fellow, before returning to Cambridge, where he took a Ph.D. in biochemistry. He was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, where he was Director of Studies in biochemistry and cell biology. As the Rosenheim Research Fellow of the Royal Society, he carried out research on the development of plants and the ageing of cells in the Department of Biochemistry at Cambridge University.
Recently, drawing on the work of French philosopher Henri Bergson, he developed the theory of morphic resonance, which makes use of the older notion of morphogenetic fields. He has researched and written on topics such as animal and plant development and behaviour, telepathy, perception and metaphysics.
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