Morphic resonance is a process whereby self-organising systems inherit a memory from previous similar systems. in its most general formulation, morphic resonance means that the so-called laws of nature are more like habits.the hypothesis of morphic resonance also leads to a radically new interpretation of memory storage in the brain and of biological inheritance. memory need not be stored in material traces inside brains, which are more like tv receivers than video recorders, tuning into influences from the past.

+ biological inheritance need not all be coded in the genes, or in epigenetic modifications of the genes; much of it depends on morphic resonance from previous members of the species.
thus each individual inherits a collective memory from past members of the species, and also contributes to the collective memory, affecting other members of the species in the future.


This hypothesis was first put forward in his book a new science of life in 1981, and discussed in greater detail in my main theoretical work, the presence of the past, published in 1988. see morphic fields for a general introduction to the theory.
a new fully updated edition of a new science of life was published in the uk in 2009 (icon books, london) and in the us under the title morphic resonance (inner traditions international, rochester, vt). in this new edition, 

Appendix A PDF  

Describes the results of experimental tests since the first edition of the book was published in 1981, and discusses ten new tests. In 

Appendix B PDF  

There is a dialogue about morphic fields and quantum physics with the physicist David Bohm.

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