Sheldrake is a biologist known for his theory of 'morpho-genetic fields'. These fields make learning something easier once it's been learned before by someone else. This would explain strange chemical behavior as well as the increased speed with which difficult cross-word puzzles are made.
Three reasons to love Rupert Sheldrake
- He's smart
- He's daring
- He's controversial
The Extended Mind: Recent Experimental Evidence
Googletechtalks shares a lecture by Rupert Sheldrake about the mind beyond the brain. First he talks about the nature of consciousness: we don't know what it is, or how the mind works. Consciousness is one of the most exiting frontier areas in science today. Sheldrake suggests that the mind is field like: it extends beyond the brain. This explains a range of controversial phenomena, like telepathy.
This is the book that put Rupert Sheldrake in the limelight and ruined his reputation with ordinary biologists. He shows that there is a learning effect in nature (the theory of morpho-genetic fields) that applies to species as a whole.
The second edition is renamed to: Morphic Resonance: The Nature of Formative Causation.
Terence Mckenna talks to Rupert Sheldrake
Discussing Rupert Sheldrake's ideas about morphic resonance. He shares how orthodox biology contrasts with his own ideas which have to do with a memory of form which is not materially based.
So, what are morpho-genetic fields?
Morphogenetic fields are fields through which members of a biological species (say: dogs, humans etc.) can learn something faster because previous members of that species have already learned it. This learning would happen without the individuals meeting each other. So if rats in England learn something, rats in Japan should be able to learn that same thing faster.
The Extended Mind - Telepathy. Pt 1/3
Hundreds of stories about cats who avoid vet appointments. One vet actually stopped having vet appointments, because cat owners just never showed up.
The Extended Mind - The Sense Of Being Stared At. Pt 1/3
Rupert Sheldrake explains how fields work and how that concept can help us explain the phenomena that many people feel when they are being stared at.
Staring experiment - are we all clairvoyant?
To find out whether we are all unconsciously clairvoyant, Rupert Sheldrake did a staring experiment. That is: he did an experiment to find out whether people are aware when someone else is staring at them.
Critics claim that his experiments weren't conducted properly and therefor do not prove anything.
Rupert Sheldrake - member of the Theosophical Society
Response from a reader on a previous version of this article
I hope others continue to test and challenge his theories. He reminds me very much of Jung (where I first read the "expanded consciousness is the cause of telepathy" theory), but Jung only gathered evidence anecdotally, whereas these repeated experiments -- if they use proper scientific procedures and controls -- could yield some very interesting data. The sisters with the phone experiment looked like it was making sure that the researchers were giving the sisters no clues, and the random die roll was a good control... that experiment, in particular, is astonishing!