I knew the work and theories of Rupert Sheldrake well before I knew the work and theories of our Jakey. But the further I get into Endmyopia, the more I think that the theory of morphic resonance may be operating on our project in a very productive way. If the theory of a community of resonating learning is valid, then the usefulness of a forum like this is not just to encourage us and give us warm fuzzies in the feeling of fellowship and community, but it also might actually have physical effects.
Sheldrake is all over YouTube. There must be 100 different appearances by him in all kinds of contexts. The one I’m linking to is not necessarily one of the best, and the interviewer is so Iowan as to be almost sleep-inducing, but he winds up being a very good interviewer and allows Sheldrake to outline the very basic principles of morphic resonance right at the beginning. Here he speaks of the way that formation of crystals happens with far greater ease the more the formation is tried in different parts of the world where no knowledge of the activities of the other parts is present, but in other lectures and interviews he talks about how rats were taught new tricks in a Harvard laboratory, and not only did every new attempt to to teach new rats the tricks there become progressively quicker, but the attempts also became easier and faster in a New Zealand lab! This, of course, is a circumstance that should not surprise a quantum physicist at all. Sheldrake has done many laboratory experiments that confirm the principle.
So the suspicion unavoidably has invaded my mind that the more people who do active focus successfully, for example, the more effective attempts at active focus around the world may become.
I’m putting it rather naively here, but Sheldrake’s theories developed by strict application of the scientific method are not naive at all.
Like Jakey, his the detractors among the conventional appliers of conventional dogma attack anything that doesn’t fit with their doctrines that they take on faith. His TedTalk was even censored under pressure from some scientists (though it’s now available on YouTube).