The Presence of the Past

In this fully revised and updated edition of ‘The Presence of the Past’, Cambridge biologist Rupert Sheldrake lays out new evidence and research in support of his theory of morphic resonance. His theory proposes that all self-organizing systems, from crystals to human society, inherit a collective memory that influences their form and behaviour.

Sheldrake shows how all human beings draw upon and contribute to a collective human memory and that even our individual recollections depend on morphic resonance rather than physical storage in the brain. He also shows that rather than being ruled by fixed laws, nature itself has a memory. And because of this, in order to survive successfully for generations to come, we will have to give up our old habits of thought and adopt new ones: habits that are better adapted to life in a world living in the presence of the past – as well as the presence of the future… (Recommended Reading)


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