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Morphogenetic Fields course

I started a new short online class - Unexplained Phenomena
& Morphic Field Science
- Exploring the Research and Theories of Rupert Sheldrake with David Jay Brown

I think I bought the wrong book though - we were meant to read Sheldrake's "Seven Experiments That Could Change the World", but I bought a copy of "Sense of Being Stared At" & then found this on scribd.com as well.

I'm taking this class as I don't know anything about it. from what I gather, it's along the ideas of different levels of consciousness - some people call them coincidences. and how animals can tell when their owners are coming home. when I was cat sitting my sister's cat, he would sit by the door some nights - mostly soon after she went away - he was a couple of weeks early for her return, so I'm not sure if cat's have this sense or not. hopefully by the end of the class I'll have a better understanding of what it's all about.

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reading list :
Textbooks Required:

Seven Experiments That Can Change the World, by Rupert Sheldrake.

Optional Texts:

Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home by Rupert Sheldrake.
The Sense of Being Stared At by Rupert Sheldrake.
A New Science of Life by Rupert Sheldrake.
Conversations on the Edge of the Apocalypse, by David Jay Brown.

This course will be taught by David Jay Brown, and Dr. Sheldrake will be helping to advise the course. Brown worked closely with Dr. Sheldrake for three years on a number of research projects. He did the California-based research for two of Dr. Sheldrake’s books: Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home and The Sense of Being Stared At. Brown ran a number of the animal experiments, was responsible for collecting much of the data about unusual animal behavior prior to earthquakes, and he coauthored three scientific papers with Dr. Sheldrake. He is also the author of seven books about the frontiers of science and consciousness, including the well-known interview collections Mavericks of the Mind, Conversations on the Edge of the Apocalypse, and Mavericks of Medicine. Brown holds a master’s degree in psychobiology from New York University, and is the author of dozens of cutting-edge science articles, which have appeared in Wired, Scientific American, and Discover.

course synopsis on MLA site :
Can people sense when they’re being stared at? Do pets know when their owner’s are returning home? Do you know who’s calling before you pick up the phone?

This six-week course will explore these fascinating questions and many more, in light of the groundbreaking research and theories of pioneering British biologist and psi researcher Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D. The author of such bestselling science books as The Sense of Being Stared At, Dogs That Know When Their Owners are Coming Home, and Seven Experiments That Could Change the World, Dr. Sheldrake is an expert at drawing attention to those mysterious everyday occurrences that conventional science has great difficulty explaining, and he has developed a comprehensive and compelling theory for understanding and studying these unexplained phenomena.

Sheldrake's theory, formally known as the Theory of Formative Causation, is based upon the radical notion that all natural formations --inorganic, organic, social, etc. --structurally develop in accordance with preexisting "morphic fields", akin to the fields recognized in physics, like gravitational or magnetic fields. Despite what most orthodox geneticists might lead us to believe, the morphogenesis of biological forms is still a great unexplained mystery. Dr. Sheldrake proposes that the universe has an inherent memory, that nature develops "habits", and that biological fields govern the development of organic forms, by resonating with the fields that they have established in the past. According to Dr. Sheldrake, these fields, and a process that he calls "morphic resonance", help to explain the development of structures from simple crystals to complex human societies.

What's most ingenious about Dr. Sheldrake's work is that he has devised simple experiments that virtually anyone can perform at home, which easily produce statistically significant results that conventional science has great difficulty explaining. These experiments provide substantial support for Dr. Sheldrake's theories, which this course will demonstrate. This will be a hands-on experimental course, and students will be expected to take part in the experiments, which will involve simple household materials and online tests.

In this course we will be studying the nature of morphic fields and morphic resonance, and how these fields help us to understand such mysterious phenomena as how pets can sometimes anticipate their owner's arrival, how people can sense when they're being stared at from behind, telepathic communication, and other unexplained phenomena. Additionally, we'll be studying the work of several other parapsychology researchers --such as Dean Radin and Stanley Krippner --who are doing related studies, and explore such questions as whether or not the so-called "laws of the universe" are truly fixed and unchanging, or more like evolving habits.

Web Sites:

www.sheldrake.org
www.animalsandearthquakes.com
www.mavericksofthemind.com
www.deanradin.com

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Rupert Sheldrake - Sense of Being Stared At

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