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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About the Author
Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist, a former research fellow of the Royal Society at Cambridge, a current fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences near San Francisco, and an academic director and visiting professor at the Graduate Institute in Connecticut. He received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Cambridge University and was a fellow of Clare College, Cambridge University, where he carried out research on the development of plants and the ageing of cells. He is the author of more than eighty scientific papers and ten books, including Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home; Morphic Resonance; The Presence of the Past; Chaos, Creativity, and Cosmic Consciousness; The Rebirth of Nature; and Seven Experiences That Could Change the World.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgments
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
What People are Saying About This
"This frontal assault on conventional science embodies a radical rethinking of humanity's place in the scheme of things."
“The Rebirth of Nature is a breakthrough book, beautifully written and spiritually oriented. It shows our intimate relationship with the universethat 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.”
"A beautifully written, deeply felt, and sinuously argued challenge to many habits of thought."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
Very good read.