Rupert Sheldrake and Morphogenic Fields

"The quantum world is teasing and enticing in many ways. Fields fit right in. They are, as biologist Rupert Sheldrake describes them, 'invisible, intangible, inaudible, tasteless and odorless' (1981, 72). They are often unapproachable through our five senses; yet in quantum theory, they are as real as particles. . . This leads to a puzzling situation. Physical reality is not only material. Fields are considered real, but they are non-material.

Sheldrake has created an intriguing concept of fields in biology. He has postulated the existence of morphogenic fields that govern the behavior of species. This type of field possesses very little energy, but it is able to take energy from another source and shape it. The field acts as a geometrical influence, shaping behavior. Morphogenic fields are built up through the accumulated behaviors of species' members (Sheldrake 1981, 60)."
LEADERSHIP AND THE NEW SCIENCE; Margaret J. Wheatley, 1992

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