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|Sheldrake, Rupert. Seven Experiments That Could Change the World. |
New York: Riverhead, 1995.
|morphic fields, morphic resonance:||
" Morphic comes from the Greek work for form, morphe. A morphic field is a
field of form, a field or pattern or order or structure. Such fields organize not
only the fields of living organisms, but also the forms of crystals and of
molecules. Each kind of molecule, each protein for example, has its own kind of
morphic field--a hemoglobin field, an insulin field. So does each kind of crystal,
each kind of organism, and each kind of instinct of pattern of behavior. These
fields are the organizing fields of nature. There are many kinds of them, because
there are many kinds of things and patterns in nature. I think our own mental life
depends on just this kind of field and through this morphic field theory of
organization in nature we can come to a new understanding of the nature of the
mind--a field theory of the mind."
Thinking Allowed interview
"....[T]he way morphic fields work, as I explain in my book, The Presence of the Past, is by modifying probabalistic events. Most of nature is inherently chaotic. It's not rigidly determined in the old sense. It's not rigidly predictable. The breaking of wave, the weather patterns, the turbulent flow of liquids, the behavior of the rain--all these things are inherently indeterminate, as are quantum events in quantum theory. With the decay of a uranium atom, you can't predict if the atom will decay today or in 50,000 years. It's only statistical. Morphic fields work by modifying probabilities of truly random events. Instead of a wide spread of randomness, they sort of focus it, so that some things happen, instead of others. That's how I think they work. "
"I believe that the most promising approach is to think of the holistic organization of termite colonies in terms of fields. The individual insects are coordinated by the social fields, which contain the blueprints for the construction of the colony. Just as the spatial organization of iron filings around a magnet depends on the magnetic field, so may the organization of the termites within the colony depend on a colony field. To make models without taking such fields into account is rather like trying to explain the behavior of iron filings around a magnet ignoring the field, as if the pattern somehow 'emerged' from programs within the individual iron particles....|
....Fields are inherently holistic. They cannot be sliced up into bits, or reduced to some kind of atomistic unit; rather, fundamental particles are now believed to arise from fields.... ...The concept of morphogenetic fields is now widely adopted by developmental biologists, and is used to help explain how your arms and legs, for instance, have different shapes in spite of the fact that they contain the same genes and proteins... Like architectural plans, morphogenetic fields are not reducible to the material components of an organism, nor even to the interactions between those components. The form of the house does not 'emerge' from the interactions between its material components; the components interact the way they do because they were put together in accordance with a particular plan, which existed even before the house was built.
Seven Experiments That Could Change the World, pp.80-82.
|Lyall Watson's hundredth monkey principle :||There is a certain species of monkey that lives on two
different islands. The two groups of monkeys that live
on the two islands are just alike, the same species, the
same basic environments, and hence, the same basic
lifestyles, but the two islands are far apart, and the
monkeys don't swim, so there is never any contact
between the two groups. One day, on the first island,
one of the monkeys somehow makes a discovery that
by taking a piece of the fruit which is their main food
down to the water and soaking it, it becomes much
easier to peel. This is a wonderful discovery, a real
breakthrough. Soon, the other monkeys on the island
begin to catch on, and learn this helpful new technique.
Now, although this species of monkeys may have lived
for generation upon generation on these two islands
without making this discovery, now that it has been
done, by the time the hundredth monkey on the first
island has learned it, there will be monkeys doing it on
the second island as well.|
as described by Ken Weathersby
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