I plan to send the following to Mathis shortly.
I just checked out your new articles for the past couple of months and they're very interesting to me as usual. The discussion of Sheldrake
is what I want to comment on for now and I think I'll post this somewhere online. I agree with your thoughts on his research to a large extent. You said you only lately heard of it. I read his first book in the early 80s. My copy was printed in 1981, but the first edition seems to have been in 1976. Sheldrake is scheduled to speak at the next Electric Universe conference in January, I think, in Albuquerque. Both Talbott and Thornhill seem to be fairly interested in his ideas. Thornhill seems to think his morphic fields may be something like electric fields and explain resonance etc.
In the book Sheldrake explained why he thinks there must be some sort of form generating field for all matter
. I think he claimed that scientists who first grew various crystals
recorded longer times for their growth than found in later experiments with the same crystals. Similarly, the first studies of rats
learning to navigate mazes recorded longer times than later experiments with different rats. That's a small part of his explanation. Then, in section 5.4, "The influence of the past", he suggests that morphic resonance is non-energetic and morphogenetic fields are neither mass nor energy
. He adopts "the assumption that morphic resonance is ... unattenuated by time and space
... as a provisional working hypothesis ... also ... that morphic resonance takes place only from the past
; that only morphic units which have already actually existed are able to exert a morphic influence in the present. ... The morphic influence of a past system might become present to a subsequent similar system by passing 'beyond' space-time and then 're-entering' wherever and whenever a similar pattern of vibration appeared. Or it might be connected through other 'dimensions'." Etc.
At age 19 in late 1968 I experienced an emotional crisis that led me to question everything
I thought I knew from science. I was taking first-year college physics at the time. After some thought I concluded that consciousness is primary reality
and everything else is known only through consciousness. In recent years it occurred to me that it seems that consciousness is all that can exist, aside from caring and will, which seem "more primary" than consciousness. This doesn't mean physical reality doesn't exist, but that it exists as consciousness, instead of as something "foreign". This means photons, and matter
made from them, are something like units of consciousness
. Space and time would be aspects of consciousness as well. At the end of his section 1.6 Sheldrake said "the attempt to account for mental activity in terms of physical science involves a seemingly inevitable circularity, because science itself depends on mental activity", which thought Schoppenhauer also apparently expressed in 1883. He added, "since physics presupposes the minds of observers, these minds and their properties cannot be explained in terms of physics." So, I find a lot of things in his first(?) book agreeable. But I agree that his experiments since then seem largely trivial and confused. And I agree about his mysticism and him likely being a puppet of major power abusers, as I call them, though he may not know it.
In my 20s I experienced numerous precognitive dreams
. The most impressive dream occurred soon after I thought I shot a marten by Grandma's birdhouse. I thought it was a starling at first, but just as I pulled the trigger, I noticed it was a marten. But I blinked as I shot, so I didn't actually see the marten get hit and fall. Instead, all I saw was it was there by the birdhouse, I shot at it and blinked, and then it had disappeared when my eyes opened immediately after shooting. So I was concerned that I shot it. I looked for it on the ground, but didn't find it. I thought I wounded it and that it may have hobbled away and died. In the dream Grandma was behind the garden fence reassuring me that I had not hit the marten and that there were now one or more pairs nesting in the birdhouse nearby. About 2 or 3 days later that exact event occurred. So it appeared to me that reality is somewhat different from what is supposed by physics. Your idea about the charge field, or photon field, being the source of paranormal events seems plausible, but I don't think it can easily account for precognition.
Some paranormal investigators
use various equipment to help them detect "spirits", or unseen intelligences etc. Temperature sensors sometimes detect a huge drop in temperature or sometimes a rise in temperature where a spirit seems to be. Voices are often recorded. Hazy pictures are often taken, sometimes of just a small spherical shape that moves, sometimes a human or humanoid shape appears. So it appears that spirits may actually exist. If you have any ideas to share on that, I'd be interested to hear them, if you like. And, if so, please let me know if you want your reply private or if you don't care.
By the way, since you are aware of the existence of major power abuse, which may be largely responsible for the great decline in science since at least the late 1800s, I think one thing Sheldrake's theory may be good for is finding promising chreodes (developmental pathways) that may end major power abuse
. Power abuse is an addiction, so other known methods of successful addiction treatment, such as treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, may prove useful to treat greed, or power abuse.