Scientific and Medical Network
Book of the Year Award Winner
"Thirty years after his first heretical books, Sheldrake's new one, Science Set Free, is a landmark achievement. No science writing has inspired me more."
— Deepak Chopra, San Francisco Chronicle, read review
"Sheldrake drags ten of the most powerful dogmas out of the basement and into the light of day; and does science, humanity and the world a large, a considerable favour."
— The Independent, read review
"For those of us who are suspicious of the claims of materialism it's astonishing, and also heartening, to hear a scientist agree that it's a hidebound ideology, dismiss the belief in determinism as a 'delusion' and call on the 'high priests' of science to abandon their 'fantasy of omniscience'."
— Robert McLuhan, read review
Rupert Introduces the US Edition
Fully Updated and Revised in 2009
Excerpts from the Book
Excerpt from Chapter 11: Rat Learning and Morphic Resonance
Appendix A: New Experiments
The results of experimental tests since the first edition was published in 1981.
Appendix B: Sheldrake - Bohm Dialogue
A dialogue between Rupert Sheldrake and the physicist David Bohm.
"For decades, Rupert Sheldrake has been at the leading edge of highly innovative and controversial ideas about the organization of biological systems. Morphic Resonance poses a serious challenge to traditionalists and is a most welcome book about how we see the world and how we should head off into the future."
— Marc Bekoff, author of The Emotional Lives of Animals
"As far-reaching in its implications as Darwin's theory of evolution."
— Brain/Mind Bulletin
"Books of this importance and elegance come along rarely. Those who read this new edition of A New Science of Life may do so with the satisfaction of seeing science history in the making."
— Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Recovering the Soul and Reinventing Medicine
"Morphic Resonance is destined to become one of the landmarks in the history of biology. It is rare to find so profound a book so lucidly written."
— Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D., cell biologist and bestselling author of The Biology of Belief
Why do many phenomena defy the explanations of conventional biology and physics? For instance, when laboratory rats in one place have learned how to navigate a new maze, why do rats elsewhere in the world seem to learn it more easily? Rupert Sheldrake describes this process as morphic resonance: the past forms and behaviors of organisms, he argues, influence organisms in the present through direct connections across time and space. Calling into question many of our fundamental concepts about life and consciousness, Sheldrake reinterprets the regularities of nature as being more like habits than immutable laws.
Revised and expanded in 2012
"Few of us recognize revolutions in the making. Anyone who wants to be able to say in the future, 'I was there,' had better read The Presence of the Past."
— Nicholas Humphrey, author of The Inner Eye
"Bold, clear, and incisive, Sheldrake's thesis constitutes a sweeping challenge to the very fundamentals of established science. It may outrage or delight, but it will never fail to stimulate. Sheldrake has a remarkable ability to identify the weak spots of scientific orthodoxy."
— Paul Davies, author of The Edge of Infinity
"So compelling that it sets the reader to underlining words and scribbling notes in the margin."
— Washington Post
"Rupert Sheldrake is the most controversial scientist on Earth."
— Robert Anton Wilson, author of Prometheus Rising and The Illuminati Papers
Challenging the fundamental assumptions of modern science, this ground-breaking radical hypothesis suggests that nature itself has memory. The question of morphogenesis - how things take their shape - remains one of the great mysteries of science. What makes a rabbit rabbit-shaped? How do newts regenerate limbs? Why are molecules shaped the way they are? Why do societies arrange themselves in certain predictable patterns?
According to Sheldrake's hypothesis of formative causation, these questions remain unanswered in part because convention is hobbled by the reductionist assumption that finding the answers to such questions is largely a matter of figuring out the machinery of nature, of getting to the bottom of an ultimately mechanical universe. But, Sheldrake suggests that nature is not a machine and that each kind of system - from crystals to birds to societies - is shaped not by universal laws that embrace and direct all systems but by a unique "morphic field" containing a collective or pooled memory. So organisms no only share genetic material with others of their species, but are also shaped by a "field" specific to that species.
"Important, thought-provoking, and exciting. Sheldrake's combination of good science with an open mind and his willingness to dig deeply where others fear to tread makes for a fascinating, un-put-downable read."
— Graham Hancock, author of Supernatural
"... will change forever your concept of the nature of consciousness, not just in humans but in other creatures as well. It expands the reach of perception beyond the physical senses and beyond the constraints of space and time. What emerges is a new vision of human potential based not in fantasy but in cutting-edge science. This will prove to be one of the most important books of the 21st century."
— Larry Dossey, M.D., author of One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters
"Sheldrake's genius lies in his taking well-attested anecdotal phenomena like telepathy, the sense of being stared at, and anticipating alarm calls and putting them to the scientific test. In doing so his work not only extends indeed stretches the mind, it also extends science in a new and creative direction."
— David Lorimer, program director for the Scientific and Medical Network and author of The Spirit of Science
In this newly updated edition, Sheldrake shares his more than 25 years of research into telepathy, the power of staring, remote viewing, precognition, and animal premonitions. Drawing on more than 5,000 case histories, 4,000 questionnaire responses, and the results of experiments on staring, thought transference, phone telepathy, and other phenomena carried out with more than 20,000 people as well as reports and data from dozens of independent research teams, Sheldrake shows that these unexplained human abilities such as the sense of being stared at are not paranormal but normal, part of our biological nature. He reveals that telepathy depends on social bonds and traces its evolution from the connections between members of animal groups such as flocks, schools, and packs. Sheldrake shows that our minds and intentions extend beyond our brains into our surroundings with invisible connections that link us to each other, to the world around us, and even to the future.
Fully Updated and Revised in 2011
"Delightful . . . this book will turn our understanding of animals inside out."
— Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of When Elephants Weep
"Wonderful . . . splendid and thought-provoking."
— Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Hidden Life of Dogs
Excerpts From the Book
Appendix from the Second Edition
Controversies with skeptics about the unexplained powers of animals.
Many people who have owned a pet will swear that their dog or cat or other animal has exhibited some kind of behavior they just can't explain. How does a dog know when its owner is returning home at an unexpected time? How do cats know when it is time to go to the vet, even before the cat carrier comes out? How do horses find their way back to the stable over completely unfamiliar terrain? And how can some pets predict that their owners are about to have an epileptic fit?
These intriguing questions about animal behavior convinced world-renowned biologist Rupert Sheldrake that the very animals who are closest to us have much to teach us about biology, nature, and consciousness.
With a scientist's mind and an animal lover's compassion, Sheldrake compellingly demonstrates that we and our pets are social animals linked together by invisible bonds connecting animals to each other, to their owners, and to their homes in powerful ways. Sheldrake's provocative ideas about these social, or morphic, fields explain the uncanny behavior often observed in pets and help provide an explanation for amazing animal behavior in the wild, such as migration and homing.
Jaytee - A Dog Who Knew When His Owner Was Coming Home: The ORF Experiment Research by Rupert Sheldrake and Pam Smart
A Film by the Science Unit of ORF, Vienna
"The Rebirth of Nature is a breakthrough book, beautifully written and spiritually oriented. It shows our intimate relationship with the universe that we are a part of a breathing, living, thinking cosmos and that intelligence is a pervasive reality inseparably one with nature. This book will take everyone who reads it to new heights of understanding."
— Deepak Chopra, M.D., author of Ageless Body, Timeless Mind
"This frontal assault on conventional science embodies a radical rethinking of humanity's place in the scheme of things."
— Publishers Weekly
"A beautifully written, deeply felt, and sinuously argued challenge to many habits of thought."
In The Rebirth of Nature Sheldrake urges us to move beyond the centuries-old mechanistic view of nature, explaining in lucid terms why we can no longer regard the world as inanimate and purposeless. Through an astute critique of the dominant scientific paradigm, Sheldrake shows recent developments in science itself have brought us to the threshold of a new synthesis in which traditional wisdom, intuitive experience, and scientific insight can be mutually enriching.
by Ralph Abraham, Terence McKenna and Rupert Sheldrake
(First published as Trialogues at the Edge of the West)
"Records the exciting intellectual friendship of three amazing minds pushing to the edge of history in search of a new consciousness blending scientific observation, mythical imagination, and visionary speculation."
— Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future
"A book for all those who seek to quest beyond the limits of the ordinary. Three fine thinkers take us plunging into the universe of chaos, mind, and spirit. Instead of leaving us lost, they bring us back with startling insights and more wonder than we knew we had."
— Matthew Fox
"One finishes Chaos, Creativity, and Cosmic Consciousness with a sense of heightened awareness and wonder."
— ForeWord Reviews
Explore the relationships between chaos, creativity, and imagination, and their connection to the soul of the world. Join Ralph Abraham, mathematician and leader in the new science of chaos, Terence McKenna, shamanologist and ethno-pharmcologist, and Rupert Sheldrake, acclaimed biologist and originator of the theory of morphogenetic fields, as they "trialogue" on such questions as: How can chaos contribute to our lives? Is Armageddon a self-fulfilling prophecy? How can scientists and mystics share the same planet?
Chaos, Creativity and Cosmic Consciousness challenges us to the deepest levels of thought as it calls into question our current views of reality, morality, and the nature of life in the universe.
Trialogues at the Edge of the Millennium
Watch videos or listen to audio recordings of these trialogues, on which this book was based.
by Ralph Abraham, Terence McKenna and Rupert Sheldrake
"A jam-session of the mind, an intellectual movable feast, an on-going conversation that began over twenty years ago and remains as lively and relevant today as it ever was. Sadly, Terence had to leave the conversation a little earlier than planned. But the appearance of this book of trialogues at this critical, historical juncture is a reaffirmation of the potency of the optimistic vision that the trialogues express."
- Dennis McKenna, brother of the late Terence McKenna
"...records the exciting intellectual friendship of three amazing minds pushing to the edge of history in search of new consciousness, blending scientific observation, mythic imagination and visionary speculation."
- Riane Eisler, The Chalice And The Blade
"Imagine sitting around a table with three of the leading intellectual and philosophical thinkers of today - you may not understand half of what they are talking about, but you get excited and inspired nonetheless. That's how I felt reading The Evolutionary Mind, a pretty mind-blowing conversation between such visionaries as biologist and author Rupert Sheldrake, chaos theory pioneer Ralph Abraham, and the late psychedelic researcher and shamanism expert, Terence McKenna."
- Curled Up, read review
"Three fine thinkers take us plunging into the universe of chaos, mind, and spirit. Instead of leaving us lost, they bring us back with startling insights and more wonder than we knew we had."
- Matthew Fox, author of Original Blessing and Sheer Joy
"...should be required reading for anyone who believes that science and spirituality cannot and should not interact. Do something daring: read this book, join the play, and go to the edge with them."
- Larry Dossey, M.D. D., Recovering The Soul
"They have figured out how to achieve one of the best of all possible worlds: the sharing of mental space and cosmic terrains over many years of deep friendship and profound dialogue."
- Jean Houston
Stimulating and often startling discussions between three friends, all highly original thinkers: Rupert Sheldrake, controversial biologist, Terence McKenna , psychedelic visionary, and Ralph Abraham, chaos mathematician. Their passion is to break out of paradigms that retard our evolution and to explore new possibilities. Through challenge and synergy they venture where few have gone before, leading their readers on an exciting journey of discovery. Their discussions focus on the evolution of the mind, the role of psychedelics, skepticism, the psychic powers of animals, the structure of time, the life of the heavens, the nature of God, and transformations of consciousness.
Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist and author of many books including The Sense of Being Stared At, And Other Aspects of the Extended Mind. Ralph Abraham is a mathematician, one of the pioneers of chaos theory and the author of several books including Chaos, Gaia, Eros: A Chaos Pioneer Uncovers the Three Great Streams of History. The late Terence McKenna was a scholar of shamanism, ethno-botanist, psychedelic researcher and author of many books including Food of the Gods and True Hallucinations.
2nd Edition with Update on Results
"In any generation, there are only a handful of people whose ideas contain the possibility of significantly altering the course of human history. Dr. Rupert Sheldrake is such a person. His ideas offer a real chance for humanity to regain its spiritual bearings. We have been blessed with a rare genius."
— Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Recovering the Soul and Reinventing Medicine
"... excites thought and stimulates debate, and it enables nonscientists to partake in the dialogue."
— Dennis Winters
Rupert Sheldrake's groundbreaking book examines unexplained natural phenomena and suggests explanations that push the boundaries of science. How does your pet know when you are coming home? How do pigeons home? Can people really feel a "phantom" amputated arm? These questions and more form the basis of Sheldrake's look at the world of contemporary science as he puts some of the most cherished assumptions of established science to the test. New edition with results update.
by Matthew Fox and Rupert Sheldrake
"In these cogent and passionate exploratory dialogues, they discuss the evolution of our view of nature, grace, the soul, prayer, ritual, and education, drawing upon a diverse group of sources, including Greek myths, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, the Bible, the writings of Descartes, and Sheldrake's radical hypothesis of morphic resonance. As all productive dialogues should, these will inspire fresh perspectives and continued discussion."
— Donna Seaman, Booklist
The chasm between science and religion has been a source of intellectual and spiritual tension for centuries, but in these groundbreaking dialogues there is a remarkable consonance between these once opposing camps. In Natural Grace, Rupert Sheldrake and Matthew Fox show that not only is the synthesis of science and spirituality possible, but it is unavoidable when one considers the extraordinary insights they have both come upon in their work. Sheldrake, who has changed the face of modern science with his revolutionary theory of morphic resonance, and Fox, whose work in creation spirituality has had a significant impact on people's sense of spirit, balance each other with their unique yet highly complementary points of view. In these inspired dialogues a variety of ancient topics - including ritual, prayer, and the soul - are freed from the past and given new power for the future in the liberated universe Fox and Sheldrake show us.
by Matthew Fox and Rupert Sheldrake
Revised and expanded in 2014
What are angels? Many people believe in angels, but few can define these enigmatic spirits. Now visionary theologian Matthew Fox and acclaimed biologist Rupert Sheldrake - pioneers in modern religious thinking and scientific theory - launch a groundbreaking exploration into the ancient concept of the angel and restore dignity, meaning, and joy to our time-honored belief in these heavenly beings.
"Two thinkers present an unusual synthesis of scientific and spiritual ideas, examining modern theology and science in a title which blends Bible passages, quotes from the writings of three great Christian mystics, and reflections backed by modern science. The passages are presented in dialogue form in which the authors respond to quotes, creating an interview-like atmosphere in this eye-opening, witty presentation."
— Midwest Book Review
Rupert Sheldrake's books have been translated into a number of other languages. The following is a list of titles and publishers.
Teorie Morficke Resonance
Elfa, Prague, 2002
Elfa, Prague, 2005
Elfa, Prague, 2006
De wedergeboorte van de natuur.
Kosmos, Utrecht, 1995
Zeven experimenten die de wereld kunnen veranderen.
Kosmos, Utrecht, 1996
Honden weten waneer hun baas thuiskomt
Kosmos, Utrecht, 1999
Trialogen op de rand van het westers denken
Kosmos, Utrecht, 1995 (+ Ralph Abraham & Terence McKenna)
Wetenschap & spiritualiteit
Kosmos, Utrecht, 1997 (+ Matthew Fox)
Engelen: Energieën in de kosmos
Kosmos, Utrecht, 1999 (+ Matthew Fox)
Het Zevende Zintuig
Kosmos, Utrecht, 2004
Une nouvelle science de la vie
Editions du Rocher, Paris, 1985 (nouv. éd. 2003)
La Mémoire de l'univers
Editions du Rocher, Paris, 1988
L'Âme de la nature
Editions du Rocher, Paris, 1992
Sept expériences qui peuvent changer le monde
Editions du Rocher, Paris, 1995
Ces chiens qui attendent leur maître
Editions du Rocher, Paris, 2001
Le Septieme Sens
Editions du Rocher, Paris, 2004
Les pouvoirs inexpliqués des animaux
J'ai lu editions, Paris, 2005
Reénchanter la Science
Albin Michel, Paris, 2013
La rinascita della natura
Corbaccio, Milano, 1993
Sette esperimenti per cambiare il mondo
Corbaccio, Milano, 1995
L'ipotesi della causalità formativa
Red, Como, 1998
I poteri straordinari degli animali
Mondadori, Milano, 2000
La mente estesa
Apogeo, Milano, 2006
La presenza del passato
Crisalide, Spigno Saturnia, 2011
Le illusioni della scienze
Apogeo, Milano, 2013
Niezwykle Zdolnosci Naszych Zwierzat
Ksiazka i Wiedza, Warsaw, 2001
A Presenca do Pasado: Os hábitos da Natureza
Instituo Piaget, Lisboa, 1995
O Renascimento da Natureza: O Reflorescimento da Ciência e de Deus
Cultrix, Sao Paulo, 1993
Caos, Criatividade eo Retorno do Sagrado: Triálogos nas fronteiras do Ocidente
Cultrix, Sao Paulo, 1994
Sete Experimentos Que Podem Mudar O Mundo
Cultrix, Sao Paulo, 1999
Caes Que Sabem Quando Seus Donos Estao Chegando
Objetiva, Rio de Janiero, 2000
A Sensacao de Estar Sendo Observado
Cultrix, Sao Paulo, 2004
A física dos anjos
Aleph, Sao Paulo, 2008
Una Nueva Ciencia de la Vida: La hipótesis de la causación formativa
Editorial Kairos, Barcelona, 1989
La Presencia del Pasado: Resonancia mórfica y hábitos de la naturaleza
Editorial Kairos, Barcelona, 1990
El Renaciemiento de la Naturaleza:
La nueva imagen de la ciencia y de Dios
Paidós Contextos, Barcelona, 1994
Caos, Cretividad y Conciencia Cosmica
Eliago Ediciones, Castellon, 2005
Siete Experimentos Que Pueden Cambiar el Mundo: Una guía para revolucionar la ciencia
Paidós Contextos, Barcelona, 1995
Ciencia y Espiritiualidad: La Neuva Vision.
Kier, Buenos Aires, 1999 (+ Matthew Fox).
El Septimo Sentido: La Mente Extendida
Ediciones Vesica Piscis, La Herradura, 2005
El Espjismo de la Ciencia
Editorial Kairos, Barcelona, 2013
Biri Beni Gozetliyor
Kaknus, Istambul, 2004
Uforklarlige krefter hos dyr
Hilt & Hansteen, Oslo, 2003
Flux Forlag, Oslo, 2012
Miksi Koirasi Tietää, Milloin Olet Tulossa Kotiin
Rasalas, Helsinki, 1999
by Rupert Sheldrake and Anthony Freeman (Editor)
A special edition of the Journal of Consciousness Studies (JCS Vol 12 No. 6, 2005) in paperback format.
In 1981 Rupert Sheldrake outraged the scientific establishment with his hypothesis of morphic resonance. Subsequently he devoted his research to pioneering science, winning popular acclaim and continued establishment opprobium with a series of ground-breaking works. In this special edition of JCS, Rupert summarises his case for the 'non-visual detection of staring'. His claims are scrutinised by fourteen critics, to whom Rupert then responds. Anthony Freeman, in his editorial introduction, explores the concept of "heresy" in science and in religion and asks why it provokes such hostility.
Editorial Introduction by Anthony Freeman
Rupert's Papers From the Journal
The Sense of Being Stared At - Part 1: Is it Real or Illusory? (PDF)
The Sense of Being Stared At - Part 2: Its Implications for Theories of Vision (PDF)
The Non-Visual Detection of Staring - Response to Commentators (PDF)
List of Contributors (PDF)
Anthony P. Atkinson
Staring at the Back Of Someone's Head Is No Signal, And a Sense of Being Stared At Is No Sense
Ian S. Baker
Nomenclature and Methodology
Confusion Worse Confounded
The Sense of Being Stared At: Fictional, Physical, Perceptual, or Attentional/Intentional?
Jean E. Burns
Detection of Staring Psi or Statistical Artifact?
Does Scopesthesia Imply Extramission?
The Sense of Being Stared At: Its Relevance to the Physics of Consciousness
The Ambiguity of 'In Here/Out There' Talk: In What Sense Is Perception 'Out in the World'?
Rupert Sheldrake and the Staring Effect
Christopher C. French
A Closer Look at Sheldrake's Treatment of Rattee's Data
The Sense of Being Stared At: A Preliminary Meta-Analysis
The Discourse of Controversial Science: The Sceptic-Proponent Debate on Remote Staring
Comments on Sheldrake's 'The Sense of Being Stared At'
Are We Out of Our Minds?