Charles Foster

More Morphic Resonances

Ways to Go Beyond and Why They Work

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When Rupert Sheldrake’s book A New Science of Life was published in 1981, Sir John Maddox, then editor of Nature, thundered that it was an ‘infuriating tract’ and ‘the best candidate for burning there has been for many years’. Sheldrake had proposed that scientific laws should be regarded not as inflexible ordinances but as akin to habits, and that the behaviour of matter and organisms was at least influenced, if not determined, by a process he called ‘morphic resonance’. Maddox, interviewed later about his outburst, was unrepentant. He was ‘offended’ by Sheldrake’s work and said that it could be ‘condemned in exactly the language that the Pope used to condemn Galileo, and for the same reason. It is heresy.’ 

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