Rupert Sheldrake
Rupert Sheldrake

The Past is Present with Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D.


Program Description

This dialogue reviews Sheldrake’s theory of “morphic resonance,” which challenges some fundamental assumptions of established science. Sheldrake offers a revolutionary alternative to the mechanistic worldview, and points toward a new understanding of the nature of life, matter and mind. One of the more profound implications of Sheldrake’s account here is his suggestion that the brain may be more like a tuning system than a recording device. (hosted by Michel Toms)


Rupert Sheldrake studied natural sciences at Cambridge and philosophy at Harvard, took a Ph.D. in biochemistry at Cambridge and is the author of more than eighty scientific papers. Dr. Sheldrake is perhaps best known for his morphic field theory, which takes a fresh look at memory, habit, instinct and heredity as well as phenomena such as telepathy – aspects of human experience which are unexplained in terms of current physics.

He’s the author of several books including:

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Topics explored in this dialogue include:

  • Why the laws of nature may not be fixed in advance
  • What are morphogenetic fields
  • How it is easier for us to learn something that has been learned by others
  • What is the nature of remembering
  • What is the evidence that children can tune in to past lives
  • How do rituals help us to tune in to the past

Host: Michael Toms         Interview Date: 3/8/1988       Program Number: 2080


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