Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Information Cake...

I know, I know... my theories have all of the intellectual rigor and complexity of a small fluffy white cloud. But ultimately, Gazpachotzoid crackpot theories are at your service - they're entertainingly brazen, they contain seeds of truth (embedded in a core of pure fantasy), they wobble, and ultimately you get the pleasure of popping their flimsy structure. Like bubble wrap. I'm the Willy Wonka of half-baked confectional notions. I won't hide my admiration for the great eccentric and esoteric theorists, true geniuses like Rupert Sheldrake, who attempt to turn the universe upside-down in a few sentences.

Sheldrake is a celebrated British biologist and author who has put forth many revolutionary and hotly contested ideas about untapped aspects of our biological nature. He is best known for his theory of morphic resonance and his basic experiments (or proofs) that anyone can perform. Morphic theory simply proposes that "phenomena - particularly biological ones - become more probable the more often they occur... Biological growth and behaviour become guided into patterns laid down by previous similar events. The laws of nature are better thought of as mutable habits that have evolved since the Big Bang." (from Wikipedia)

So, as things recur they create readable patterns, waves, or morphic fields, which evolve as they are "read". Even abstract things such as thoughts emanating from a brain, are recognizable morphic fields which can be tuned in and "inherited" by others.

"The morphic fields of mental activity are not confined to the insides of our heads," writes Sheldrake. "They extend far beyond our brain though intention and attention. We are already familiar with the idea of fields extending beyond the material objects in which they are rooted: for example magnetic fields extend beyond the surfaces of magnets; the earth’s gravitational field extends far beyond the surface of the earth, keeping the moon in its orbit; and the fields of a cell phone stretch out far beyond the phone itself. Likewise the fields of our minds extend far beyond our brains."

He continues: "The morphic fields of social groups connect together members of the group even when they are many miles apart, and provide channels of communication through which organisms can stay in touch. They help provide an explanation for telepathy. There is now good evidence that many species of animals are telepathic. Telepathy is normal not paranormal, natural not supernatural, and is also common between people, especially people who know each other well."

Test your morphic fields and telepathic abilities here.

("Information Cake" photo from here)


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