The Rebirth Of Nature

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The Rebirth Of Nature

The Rebirth Of Nature

Science has traditionally taught us that nature is inanimate and machine-like - a storehouse of resources to be exploited for human gain. Remarkably, it is through science that our entire attitude is being revolutionized. In this book, Rupert Sheldrake traces the mythological and historical roots of our present crisis, explaining how our ancestors took it for granted that the world was "alive" and how something of this attitude prevails today in the romantic desire to "return to nature" at weekends and on holidays. But it is the "mechanistic" view of nature which has dominated for the past few hundred years, bringing us to the brink of ecological disaster. Now, however, the new science has destroyed man's faith in the total predictability of "mechanical" nature, has led to the recognition of the chaos and spontaneity of nature, and to the growing realization that our Earth is a developing organism whose laws may not have been fixed when the universe was born, but may be more like habits, constantly changing, evolving and growing. In fact nature may have an inherent memory.From Publishers WeeklyPenicillin 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.Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.From Library JournalThe 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 HistoryCopyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Specification of The Rebirth Of Nature

GENERAL
AuthorSheldrake, Rupert
BindingHardcover
LanguageEnglish
Edition1st Edition
ISBN-10055307105
ISBN-139780553071054
PublisherBantam
Publication Year01-01-1991

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