Morphic Resonance, Collective Memory and Family Fields

Morphic Resonance, Collective Memory and Family Fields

Monday, June 14, 2021 - 19:00 to 20:30
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Rupert Sheldrake explores his renowned hypothesis of morphic resonance in relation to memory

According to Rupert Sheldrake’s hypothesis of morphic resonance, memory is inherent in nature, and the so-called laws of nature are more like habits. All species have a collective memory, on which each individual draws and in turn contributes to.

In the human realm, this hypothesis agrees well with Jung’s idea of the collective unconscious as a kind of shared memory. Even individual memory depends on morphic resonance rather than on physical memory traces; we tune into our memories rather than store them within our brains.

Social groups also inherit memories, as shown in family constellation therapy, and morphic resonance plays an important part in several spiritual practices, including rituals and the use of mantras. In this talk, Rupert Sheldrake will discuss some of the evidence for this hypothesis and explore some of its implications.

About the speaker, Rupert Sheldrake

Rupert Sheldrake PhD is a biologist and author of more than a hundred technical papers and nine books, including The Science Delusion (called Science Set Free in the US).

He studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge and the History and Philosophy of Science at Harvard. As a fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, he was Director of Studies in Cell Biology, and was also a research fellow of the Royal Society. He worked at the University of Malaya on tropical ferns, and in Hyderabad, India, as Principal Plant Physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). In India, he also lived for two years in the ashram of Fr Bede Griffiths in Tamil Nadu. From 2005-2010, he was Director of the Perrott-Warrick Project for the study of unexplained human and animal abilities, funded fromTrinity College, Cambridge.

He is currently a fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences in California, of Schumacher College in Dartington, England and of the Temenos Academy in London. He lives in London and is married to Jill Purce, with whom he has two sons, Merlin, a mycologist and author of the bestselling book Entangled Life, and Cosmo, a musician.

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