Rupert Sheldrake proposes that nature is governed not by fixed laws, but by evolving habits. According to hypothesis of formative causation, all self-organizing systems, including crystals, organisms, and societies contain an inherit memory, given by a process called morphic resonance from previous similar systems. All human beings draw upon a collective human memory, and in turn contribute to it. Even individual memory depends on morphic resonance rather than on physical memory traces stored within the brain. This hypothesis is testable experimentally, and has many implications, some of which Rupert explores in this talk. Filmed on location at St. James Church, Piccadilly, London.
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