The habits of nature depend on non-local similarity reinforcement. Through morphic resonance, the patterns of activity in self-organizing systems are influenced by similar patterns in the past, giving each species and each kind of self-organizing system a collective memory.
As soon as we have the idea that the mind can be extended through mental fields, and over large distances, we have a medium of connection through which the power of prayer could work.
Sheldrake's theory that the Universe is a living, evolving, intelligent organism synthesizes the warring views of creationists and evolutionary theorists while avoiding Biblical fundmentalism and secular materialism in favor of post-Newtonian scientific spirituality.
Is the mind located in the brain or is consciousness a field phenomenon? Is consciousness a byproduct of brain chemistry or does mind - and soul --exist both within and outside our bodies? Here are some experiments you can do at home to explore the nature of consciousness.
Rupert Sheldrake explores the role of morphogenic fields in manifestations of collective consciousness -- animal behavior,social networks, human religious rituals, and the conventional wisdom of crowds.
The universe is more like an organism than a machine. The Big Bang recalls the mythic stories of the hatching of the cosmic egg: it grows, and as it grows it is more like a gigantic cosmic embryo than the huge eternal machine of mechanistic theory.