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The Presence of the Past: Compelling Evidence of a Cosmic Catastrophe in 9500 B.C. (Original)

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Challenging the fundamental assumptions of modern science, this ground-breaking radical hypothesis suggests that nature itself has memory. Sheldrake's hypothesis has been featured in Science, Nature, New Scientist, USA TODAY, and Newsweek. Drawings and photos throughout. Review Quotes: " So compelling that it sets the reader to underlining words and scribbling...

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Challenging the fundamental assumptions of modern science, this ground-breaking radical hypothesis suggests that nature itself has memory. Sheldrake's hypothesis has been featured in Science, Nature, New Scientist, USA TODAY, and Newsweek. Drawings and photos throughout.
Review Quotes:
" So compelling that it sets the reader to underlining words and scribbling notes in the margin."

Review Quotes:
& quot; So compelling that it sets the reader to underlining words and scribbling notes in the margin.& quot;

Brief Description:
Rupert Sheldrake lays out the evidence in support of his theory of morphic resonance, which proposes that all self-organizing systems inherit a collective memory and that evolution is an interplay of habit and creativity rather than merely "survival of the fittest."

Biographical Note:
Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D., is a former Research Fellow of the Royal Society and was a scholar of Clare College, Cambridge, and a Frank Knox Fellow at Harvard University. His other books include "A New Science of Life," "The Rebirth of Nature," and "Seven Experiments That Could Change the World." He lives in London with his wife and two sons.

Review Quotes:
"So compelling that it sets the reader to underlining words and scribbling notes in the margin."--Washington Post

Review Quotes:
"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

Review Quotes:
"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

Review Quotes:
"Rupert Sheldrake is the most controversial scientist on Earth."--Robert Anton Wilson, author of Prometheus Rising and The Illuminati Papers

Marc Notes:
Originally published: New York: Times Books, c1988.; Includes bibliographical references (p. 345-363) and index.
Rupert Sheldrake's theory of morphic resonance challenges the fundamental assumptions of modern science. An accomplished biologist, Sheldrake proposes that all natural systems, from crystals to human society, inherit a collective memory that influences their form and behavior. Rather than being ruled by fixed laws, nature is essentially habitual. "The Presence of the Past" lays out the evidence for Sheldrake's controversial theory, exploring its implications in the fields of biology, physics, psychology, and sociology. At the same time, Sheldrake delivers a stinging critique of conventional scientific thinking. In place of the mechanistic, neo-Darwinian worldview he offers a new understanding of life, matter, and mind.

Review Citations:
Library Journal 03/01/1988 (EAN 9780812916669, Hardcover)
Publishers Weekly 12/18/1987 (EAN 9780812916669, Hardcover)
Contributor Bio: Sheldrake, Rupert
Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist, a former research fellow of the Royal Society at Cambridge, a current fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences near San Francisco, and an academic director and visiting professor at the Graduate Institute in Connecticut. He received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Cambridge University and was a fellow of Clare College, Cambridge University, where he carried out research on the development of plants and the ageing of cells. He is the author of more than eighty scientific papers and ten books, "including Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home"; "Morphic Resonance"; "The Presence of the Past"; "Chaos, Creativity, and Cosmic Consciousness"; "The Rebirth of Nature"; and "Seven Experiences That Could Change the World."

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