The Rebirth of Nature: The Greening of Science and God

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Rupert Sheldrake, one of the world's preeminent biologists, has revolutionized scientific thinking with his vision of a living, developing universe—one with its own inherent memory. In The Rebirth of Nature, Sheldrake urges us to move beyond the centuries-old mechanistic view of nature, explaining why we can no longer regard the world as inanimate and purposeless. Sheldrake shows how recent developments in science itself have brought us to the threshold of a new synthesis in which traditional wisdom, intuitive ...

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Overview

Rupert Sheldrake, one of the world's preeminent biologists, has revolutionized scientific thinking with his vision of a living, developing universe—one with its own inherent memory. In The Rebirth of Nature, Sheldrake urges us to move beyond the centuries-old mechanistic view of nature, explaining why we can no longer regard the world as inanimate and purposeless. Sheldrake shows how recent developments in science itself have brought us to the threshold of a new synthesis in which traditional wisdom, intuitive experience, and scientific insight can be mutually enriching.

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Editorial Reviews

Deepak Chopra
The Rebirth of Nature is a breakthrough book, beautifully written and spiritually oriented. It shows our intimate relationship with the universe—that we are a part of a breathing, living, thinking cosmos and that intelligence is a pervasive reality inseparably one with nature. This book will take everyone who reads it to new heights of understanding.”
Booklist
"A beautifully written, deeply felt, and sinuously argued challenge to many habits of thought."
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"A beautifully written, deeply felt, and sinuously argued challenge to many habits of thought."

The Rebirth of Nature is a breakthrough book, beautifully written and spiritually oriented. It shows our intimate relationship with the universe—that we are a part of a breathing, living, thinking cosmos and that intelligence is a pervasive reality inseparably one with nature. This book will take everyone who reads it to new heights of understanding.”

"This frontal assault on conventional science embodies a radical rethinking of humanity's place in the scheme of things."

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Penicillin crystallizes the way it does, not because of timeless mathematical laws, but because it ``crystallized that way before . . . following habits established through repetition,'' claims British biochemist Sheldrake. His controversial theory of ``morphic resonance'' holds that self-organizing systems--molecules, crystals, cells, organisms, societies--respond to invisible regions of influence. He ransacks ideas from Greek animism to pagan polytheism to Darwin's embrace of the concept of Mother Nature as a vast, spontaneous creative process as counterweight to classical physics, which sees the world as a cause-and-effect machine. Sheldrake believes that the mechanistic outlook, coupled with the technological conquest of nature, is killing humankind and the planet. Extending the ideas he advanced in The Presence of the Past , he boldly argues that even the laws of nature may themselves be evolving, and that God might be ``a living, evolutionary cosmos.'' This frontal asault on conventional science embodies a radical rethinking of humanity's place in the scheme of things. Photos. (Jan.)
Library Journal
The author of A New Science of Life ( LJ 5/15/82) and The Presence of the Past ( LJ 3/1/88) rediscusses and extends concepts introduced in those titles, including the idea of ``morphic fields,'' which supposedly can account for aspects of evolution. This new work is even more unorthodox--some might say outrageous--as Sheldrake attempts to combine scientific, religious, and even mystical views. He firmly believes that nature is alive and bills his book as a rebuttal to Bill McKibben's The End of Nature ( LJ 10/1/89). However, the latter has a more solid scientific basis, while Sheldrake's ideas are on the fringe.-- Joseph Hannibal, Cleveland Museum of Natural History
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892815104
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 4/28/1994
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 647,479
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Rupert Sheldrake, one of the world’s foremost biologists, has revolutionized scientific thinking with his vision of living, developing universe with it’s own inherent memory. In The Rebirth of Nature Sheldrake urges us to move beyond the centuries-old mechanistic view of nature, explaining in lucid terms why we can no longer regard the world as inanimate and purposeless. Through an astute critique of the dominant scientific paradigm, Sheldrake shows how recent developments in science itself have brought us to the threshold of a new synthesis in which traditional wisdom, intuitive experience, and scientific insight can be mutually enriching.

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Table of Contents

 Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part 1: Historical Roots
1. Mother Nature and the Desecration of the World
2. The conquest of Nature and The Scientific Priesthood
3. Returning To Nature

Part 2: The Rebirth of Nature in Science
4. The Reanimation of the Physical World
5. The Nature of Life
6. Cosmic Evolution and the Habits of Nature

Part 3: The Revival of Animism
7. The Earth Comes Back to Life
8. Sacred Times and Places
9. The Greening of God
10. Life in a Living World

Notes

References

Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2003

    Very Interesting Ideas!

    In this book Sheldrake proposes that nature and its evolution has purpose and meaning beyond mere random mutations, natural selection, and survival. He contemplates on a deep sense of consciousness beyond what we are familiar with in traditional science, a type of consciousness that exists in all matter. I believe the author is onto something very interesting and worth exploring in the future. Toru Sato in his revolutionary book, 'The Ever-Transcending Spirit' discusses this possibility from a very different perspective as well. This is perhaps the future direction of science. These books are well worth a read if you are interested in cutting edge theories on consciousness.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    must read

    Very good read.

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