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The Presence of the Past by Rupert Sheldrake (Paperback, 1989)

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The Presence of the Past by Rupert Sheldrake

This book develops the revolutionary theory that behaviour and social systems are not only governed by immutable and mechanistic laws, which is the traditional viewpoint, but also by habits transmitted by nature's inherent memory.

Rupert Sheldrake's hypothesis is that all natural systems from crystals to man inherit a collective memory of their kind. Thus, rabbits are rabbit-shaped not only because their DNA encodes their proteins, but also because nature has a "morphic field", in their case, a rabbit-habit, that informs their growth and instinctive behaviour. This inherent memory depends on "morphic resonance", a process that involves action at a distance in both space and time.


Format: Paperback | 416 pages

Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 3 | 668g

Publication Date: 01 Dec 1989

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Imprint: Fontana

Publication City/Country: London, United Kingdom

Language: English

Illustrations note: b&w illustrations

ISBN10: 0006374662

ISBN13: 9780006374664


Condition: Good

A vintage book that has been read but is in good condition. Very minimal damage to the cover including minor scuff marks along the edges, but no holes or tears. The majority of pages are undamaged with very minimal creasing but no tearing. No pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins. No missing pages.