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Morphic Resonance

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internal linkRupert Sheldrake's Morphogenic Fields

"The idea is that there is a kind of internal linkmemory in nature. Each kind of thing has a collective memory. So, take a squirrel living in New York now. That squirrel is being influenced by all past squirrels.

And how that influence moves across time, the collective squirrel-memory both for form and for instincts, is given by the internal linkprocess I call morphic resonance. It's a theory of collective memory throughout nature. What the memory is expressed through are the morphic fields, the fields within and around each organism. The memory processes are due to morphic resonance."

Basically, morphic fields are fields of habit, and they've been set up through habits of thought, through habits of activity, and through habits of speech. Most of our culture is habitual, I mean most of our personal life, and most of our cultural life is habitual. We don't invent the English internal linklanguage. We inherit the whole English language with all its habits, its turns of phrase, its usage of words, its structure, its grammar.

Occasionally people invent new words, but basically, once we've assimilated it, it happens automatically. I don't have to think when I'm speaking, reaching for the next word. It just happens, and the same is true about physical skills, like riding a internal linkbicycle, or swimming, or skiing if you can ski, these kinds of things. So I think the more often these things happen the easier they become for people internal linkto learn. Things like learning language have happened over- well, we don't know how long human language has been around, at least 50,000 years, so there's a tremendously well-established morphic field for language-speaking. Each particular language has its own field which is usually established over centuries at least.

The whole idea of morphic resonance is internal linkevolutionary, but morphic resonance only gives the repetitions. It doesn't give the creativity. So evolution must involve an interplay of creativity and repetition.

Creativity gives new forms, new patterns, new ideas, new art forms. And we don't know where creativity comes from.  Is it inspired from above? Welling up from below? Picked up from the air? What? Creativity is a mystery wherever you encounter it, in the human realm, or in the realm of biological evolution, or of cosmic evolution.

We know creativity happens. And then what happens is a kind of Darwinian natural selection. Not every good idea survives.  Not every new form of art is repeated. Not every new potential instinct is successful. Only the successful ones get repeated. By natural selection and then through repetition they become probable, more habitual.

Morphic fields organize self-organizing systems, things that organize themselves, like snowflakes, or molecules, or ecosystems, or animals, or plants, or societies, like flocks of birds.

In the entire process of cosmic evolution you see a spiritual  process as well as a material process. You can't separate the two.

I think a lot of harm was done in the West by splitting apart science and religion in the 17th century. Science became very limited in its internal linkfocus to mechanical, material things, and religion became very introverted; it became very concerned just with the human spirit and with morality and so forth, and so religion signed over the whole of the natural world including the cosmos to science and science signed over to religion human ethical questions and left this terribly limited domain as the sphere of religion.

In most traditional cultures, these are not separated in that way. For an American Indian looking at the sky, he's not looking at just a material collection of bodies moving in accordance with inanimate laws. The sky is a living being, the abode of the spirit.

The earth is a living mother; it's not just a collection of rocks with physical forces at work in them.

If you look at any traditional world view there isn't a separation between nature and spirit, and religion and science. The two go together. It's a much more holistic and integrated view of the world, and I think that, as science emerges from this narrow, mechanistic phase that it's been in and we move to a broader vision, a new kind of connection between the realms of science and spirituality becomes possible.

It must make a difference if someone is absolutely intensely involved with an idea and dwells on it with huge internal linkintensity ... If somebody in solitude works away in an extremely intense way it may indeed set up a morphic field. In fact, we know that something like that does seem to happen, because it's very common in art, in fashion design, in science and technology for different people to have similar inventions.

The mechanistic theory of nature is a theory of nature, and one that I think is wrong, or at least too limited. It's not an eternal truth. Even the constants of nature, as I've shown in my book, Seven Experiments That Could Change the World, the so-called absolute constants, like the speed of light, when you look at the actual data, don't appear to be constant at all.

I see spirit as the principle of change, of movement, of inspiration. In the physical world, spirit takes the form of what we call energy. The essence of spirit is to move, to internal linkflow, to change.  So spirit moves through all living forms and its images are the wind, flames of the fire, light and the flight of birds. These are all moving images. and precisely because it's always moving and can take so many forms, it is so hard to define.
 
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S: "The soul was eliminated from science through the mechanistic revolution in the seventeenth century. Before that, everyone in Europe and America and everywhere else believed that plants had souls. It was the official doctrine of the medieval church. The very word "animal" comes from the Latin word "anima" which means "soul."

"The elimination of souls from nature in the seventeenth century was succeeded in the nineteenth century by the introduction of fields--electrical and magnetic fields first, and then later gravitational fields, then quantum fields, and in biology, morphogenic fields. My own ideas are based on generalizing this field concept in biology to what I call "morphic" fields, which I think are the invisible patterns that underlie the growth of living organisms; the invisible patterns organizing the activity of nervous systems, underlying instincts in animals.

"And they are the invisible connections that link together members of social groups. For example, a flock of birds can all turn together at practically the same time. I think this is because there is a field of the whole flock; they're all within a larger system, part of a larger whole. The morphic field of the flock is what links and coordinates them. They're turning far too fast to do it just by watching their neighbors or by responding to ordinary sensory internal linkinformation.

"I think their movements are coordinated in the same way as the movements of iron filings around a magnet. When you move the whole magnet, the whole pattern of the filings changes because they're all responding to the field of which they are a part. This is as true for birds in a flock as it is for human members of social groups."
 

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    The inside front cover of the March 1944 issue of BioScience displays five pairs of colorful internal linkbutterflies. Each member of each pair is virtually a duplicate of its partner in shape, design, and colors. Yet, each member of each pair is a different species. Although the pairs are from the same geographical regions, it is not obvious why this astounding mimicry should occur. Here, one cannot invoke the explanation that one species gains an internal linkevolutionary advantage by mimicking an unpalatable species, as with mimics of the Monarch Butterfly. That is, there seems to be no evolutionary advantage to looking alike.
    (Miller, Julie Ann; BioScience, inside front cover, March 1994. Miller's editorial remarks are based upon a later article by H.F. Nijhout. Nijhout's article explains how butterfly wing patterns may have evolved.)


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    Cases of remarkable mimicry also occur among geographically separated species. For example, the North American Meadowlarks are dead ringers for the African Yellow-throated Longclaw. "Convergent evolution" names the phenomenon but doesn't tell how or why long chains of random mutations can come up with the same designs where there seems to be no "guidance" by the forces of natural selection. Perhaps genomes contain "subprograms" for those patterns and structures often used in biology. Of course, internal linkSheldrake's idea of "morphic resonance" also applies here.


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    _Critique_ Magazine: Rupert Sheldrake has recently refined the theory of the morphogenetic field - a nonmaterial organizing collective internal linkmemory field that affects all biological systems.  This field can be envisioned as a internal linkhyperspatialinternal linkinformation reservoir that brims and spills over into a much larger region of influence when internal linkcritical mass is reached - a point referred to as morphic resonance.  Do you think this morphic resonance could be regarded as a possible explanation for the phenomena of spirits and other internal linkmetaphysical entities, and can the method of evoking beings from the spirit world be simply a case of cracking the morphic code?

     
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    internal linkTerence McKenna: That sounds right.  It's something like that.  If what you're trying to get at is do I think morphogenetic fields are a good thing, or do they exist, yes I think some kind of theory like that is clearly becoming necessary, and that the next great step to be taken in the intellectual conquest of nature, if you will, is a theory about how out of the class of possible things, some things actually happen.

    _Critique_ Magazine: Do you think it cold be related to the phenomena of spirits?

    Terence McKenna: Spirits are the presence of the past, specifically expressed.  When you go to ruins like Angkor Wat, or Tikal, the presence is there.  You have to be pretty dull to not see how it was, where the market stalls were, the people and their animals, and the trade goods,.  It's quite weird.  We're only conventionally bound in thepresent by our linguistic assumptions, but if we can still our linguistic machinery, the mind spreads out into time and behaves in very unconventional ways.



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    Monumental court cases have been fought over the issue of assigning credit for the invention of the modern computer, and even the legal decisions have been somewhat murky. Certainly it was a field in which a few people all over the world, working independently, reached similar conclusions.

    -   Howard Rheingold - _Tools For Thought_



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    (A couple are in bed talking -- Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke)

    I keep thinking about something you said.

    Something I said?

    Yeah. About how you often feel like you're observing your life from the perspective of an old woman about to die. Remember that?

    Yeah. I still feel that way sometimes. Like I'm looking back on my life, and my waking life is her internal linkmemories.

    Exactly. I heard that internal linkTim Leary said as he was dying that he was looking forward to the moment when his body was dead but his brain was still alive. You know they say that there's still six to twelve minutes of internal linkbrain activity after everything else is shutdown. And one second of internal linkdream consciousness, well, that's internal linkinfinitely longer than a waking second, you know what I'm saying?

    Oh yeah, definitely. For example I wake up and it is 10:12, and then I go back to sleep and have those long, intricate, beautiful dreams that seem to last for hours, and then I wake up and it's 10:13.

    Yeah, exactly. So in 6-12 minutes of brain activity, that could be your whole life. I mean, you are that woman looking back over everything.

    Okay. So what if I am. Then what would you be in all that?

    Whatever I am right now. I mean, maybe I only exist in your mind, but I'm still just as internal linkreal as anything else.

    Yeah. I've been thinking also about something you said.

    What's that?

    Just about reincarnation and where all the new souls come from over time. Everybody always says they are the reincarnation of Cleopatra or Alexander the Great. I always want to tell them they were probably some dumbfuck like everybody else. I mean, it's impossible. Think about it. The world population has doubled in the past 40 years, right? So if you really believe in that ego thing of one eternal soul, then you have only 50% chance of your soul being over 40, and for it to be over 150 years old, then it's only one out of six.

    Right, so what are you saying? That reincarnation doesn't exist, or that we're all young souls, or half of us are first round humans?

    No, no, what I'm trying to say is that somehow I believe reincarnation is just a poetic expression of what collective memory really is. There was this article by this bio-chemist I read not long ago, and he was talking about how when a member of our species is born, it has a billion years of memory to draw on. And this is where we inherit our instincts.

    I like that. It's like there's this whole internal linktelepathic thing going on that we're all a part of, whether we're conscious of it or not. That would explain why there are all these seemingly internal linkspontaneous worldwide innovative leaps in science and the arts, you know, like the same results popping up everywhere independent of each other. Some guy on a computer figures something out, and then almost simultaneously a bunch of other people all over the world figure out the same thing. They did this study where they isolated a group of people over time, you know, and monitored their abilities at crossword internal linkpuzzles in relation to the general population, and they secretly gave them a day-old crossword, one that had already been answered by thousands of other people, and their scores went up dramatically. Like 20%. So it's like once the answers are out there, people can pick up on them. Like we're all telepathically sharing our experiences.

    - film internal link_Waking Life_ directed by Richard Linklater

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