Morphic field

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In the field of biology, researchers such as Rupert Sheldrake have suggested that the organization of complex organ systems, composed of a multiplicity of discrete, relatively independent parts, is difficult to account for purely on the basis of gene expression. Proposed instead is the notion of a "morphogenetic field" (form-generating field) to account for such structures.

Beyond physiology, Sheldrake further proposes that a similar principle is active in social contexts, pertaining to collective thought, feeling, and behavior. In essence, the theory is that, in addition to individual subjective consciousness, all creatures also dwell in a general "morphic" or "morphogenic" field of consciousness; one that both informs and is informed by individual and collective thought, feeling, and action.

The latter phenomenon is popularly known as the 100th Monkey Effect, though that particular account has largely been established as myth. However, in scientifically controlled experiments, Sheldrake and other have shown weak but statistically significant transpersonal effects for the sharing of knowledge, perception, and autonomic response. One of the more quaint studies for example, found that crossword puzzles are easier to solve on the day following their publication, presumably as the solution becomes more imprinted in the morphic field. [citation needed]

To the extent that this phenomenon is validated, the implications for collective thought, choice, and action are great.


Author: Bill Miller