Research on morphic fields, morphic resonance and unexplained phenomena (1974-present)
By Rupert Sheldrake
During the time I worked at ICRISAT I continued to think about morphogenetic fields and the way in which they evolved and were inherited. From 1978 to 1979 I took time off to write a book about morphogenetic fields and morphic resonance, which was published in 1981,
A New Science of Life; The Hypothesis of Formative Causation.
Much of my work in the following years was concerned with following up these ideas and was summarised in my main theoretical work,
The Presence of the Past: Morphic Resonance and the Habits of Nature, published in 1988.
In late 1980s and early 1990s I explored a variety of experimental approaches for the investigation of unexplained phenomena that might help to enlarge our scientific view of the world, summarised in my book
Seven Experiments That Could Change the World: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Revolutionary Science, (1994).
One of the seven experiments concerned unexplained abilities of animals, and I published a series of papers on the unexplained powers of animals.
See papers on Unexplained Powers of Animals
I summarised much of this research in my book
Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home, And Other Unexplained Powers of Animals (1999).
Also, since the late 1980ís I have been doing research on the sense of being stared at, which has wide implications for the nature of vision and of minds, and this research was described in a series of papers
See papers on The Sense of Being Stared At .
This research is summarized in my book,
The Sense of Being Stared At, And Other Aspects of the Extended Mind (2003).
See Morphic Fields for a general introduction to the theory.
A new, fully updated edition of A New Science of Life was published in the UK in 2009 by Icon Books, London, and in the US under the title Morphic Resonance by Inner Traditions International, Rochester, VT.
A new fully updated edition of The Presence of the Past was published in 2011 by Icon Books, London, and in the US by Inner Traditions International, Rochester, VT.
A new fully updated edition of Dogs that Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home was published in 2011 in the US by Broadway Books/ Random House, New York.
A new fully updated edition of The Sense of Being Stared At was published in 2013 in the US by Inner Traditions International, Rochester, VT.
In the new (2009) edition of A New Science of Life/ Morphic Resonance, Appendix A described results of experimental tests since the first edition was published in 1981. It is online here: New Experiments
In Appendix B, there is a dialogue between Rupert Sheldrake and the physicist David Bohm, online here:
Sheldrake - Bohm Dialogue
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