by Rupert Sheldrake, PhD
Morphic fields underlie the organization of proteins, cells, crystals, plants, animals, brains, and minds. They help to explain habits, memories, instincts, telepathy, and the sense of direction. They have an inherent memory and imply that many of the so-called laws of nature are more like habits. This is, of course, a controversial hypothesis.
by Tam Hunt
We learn from an early age that “to be scientific” means avoiding attributing to nature humanlike tendencies such as mind or purpose. To be “anthropomorphic” in science is a cardinal sin... Science has progressed far by expunging mind from its explanations, and anthropomorphism can indeed be a lazy philosophical position if we simply extend human attributes reflexively (and unreflectively) into the universe around us. But to go further than today’s impasse we need to re-embrace mind and ourselves as an inherent part of nature.
by Jeff Kripal
In the following dialogue, excerpted and adapted from the Institute of Noetic Sciences’ teleseminar series “Essentials of Noetic Sciences,” IONS Director of Research Cassandra Vieten talks with Jeffrey Kripal, chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Rice University. Kripal’s latest book is Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred (University of Chicago Press, 2010).
by Osprey Orielle Lake
Educators and psychologists, artists and activists, elders and leaders have all asserted that at the core of our global societal and environmental crises is a need to change our fundamental personal values and what we uphold as meaningful in our lives. Personal transformation is critical to mitigating our global crises.