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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....

Title : A New Science of Life: The Hypothesis of Formative Causation
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ISBN : 9781848310421
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 370 Pages
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A New Science of Life: The Hypothesis of Formative Causation Reviews

  • Bruce
    2019-06-21 02:24

    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 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.

  • Alterstuart
    2019-06-02 02:15

    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!

  • nathaniel
    2019-06-20 21:28

    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 questions he raises.He is sometimes dismissed because he is interested in ESP and other junk like that. However, much of the scientific communinity takes him seriously because he has the credentials.

  • Kevin
    2019-06-19 21:22

    i read this back in the 80s when i knew much less about science. it's compelling but ultimately it cannot be said to be based on actual scientific, empirical evidence or's a link to a Scientific American article that gives an overview of why Sheldrake's proposals just don't add up: and another from the Guardian:

  • Nick
    2019-06-10 03:21

    A wonderful look at a brilliant scientists theory of morphogenesis.

  • Sally
    2019-06-06 01:15

    I read this many years ago, but remember liking it very much.

  • Mahipal Lunia
    2019-06-17 23:01

    path breaking work, and wonderful exposition of an idea Nature magazine wanted to burn out.

  • Patrick\
    2019-05-28 22:21

    As follow up, check out the Princeton Egg experiment. This is one eye opener.

  • Deborah
    2019-05-28 02:09

    Excellent book. Innovative concept.

  • Lionel
    2019-06-01 01:17

    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.

  • Kenneth
    2019-06-06 02:21

    Sheldrake's reasoned unification of biology and subtle energy

  • Noufal
    2019-05-26 23:14

    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.

  • Sinan Canan
    2019-06-20 23:11

    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...

  • Arthur
    2019-06-21 02:59

    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.

  • Didzis Stalīdzāns
    2019-06-06 04:26

    Daudz liekvārdības un garš ievads. Problēma ir ļoti labi izprotama, taču pati teorija ir tikai ideja un nostāšanās pret moderno stagnātisko zinātnes pasauli. Ja vērtē saturu, tad noteikti piecas zvaigznes - grāmata ir interesanta. Bet lasīt ir grūti.

  • Jeanne
    2019-05-22 05:02

    Auf Seite 39, ist nicht so spannend

  • Steve
    2019-06-20 00:25

    Probably good but I couldn't finish it.

  • Alert Holtman
    2019-06-18 02:19


  • Magdalena
    2019-06-04 21:22