Sheldrake has shown in the past that he is not afraid to be labeled a rebel, thanks to his theory of morphic resonance, which suggests the following:
Natural systems, or morphic units, at all levels of complexity are animated, organized, and coordinated by morphic fields, which contain an inherent memory. Natural systems inherit this collective memory from all previous things of their kind by a process called morphic resonance, with the result that patterns of development and behavior become increasingly habitual through repetition.
Sheldrake believes that the "telepathy" between pets and humans, or between flocks of birds or schools of fish that move as a single organism, can be explained this theory. Sheldrake is less persuaded by anecdotes that suggest animal clairvoyance--warning of something in the near future--but refuses to disallow the possibility.
He accepts that the case histories he details so thoroughly in this book are anecdotal, but that makes them no less real; and as a scientist himself he sets up experimental conditions for studying this previously ignored phenomenon that show beyond any doubt that the phenomenon exists. He castigates traditional scientists for their refusal to countenance anything that doesn't fit in with their existing paradigms (or prejudices) and challenges them to come up with some more "acceptable" explanation--but none is forthcoming.
This fascinating book is a first attempt at a scientific investigation into a puzzling but quite common occurrence. One hopes that other scientists will follow Sheldrake's brave lead. --David V. Barrett --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
What a disappointment. Some of the "science" here wouldn't pass muster in a high school science fair. Read morePublished on May 23 2004 by David Group
I am quite desolate when I read apriori comments about the book (although, only a few seem to be this time). Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2003 by Alan Wilder
The fact is that he's dealing with interesting material. We all want to believe in something like this. I know I do. But will a book like this convince me? It won't. Read morePublished on March 13 2003 by Bruce R
Animal lovers, especially those who share strong emotional bonds with their pets, are well aware of the special powers that a lot of animals possess. Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2003 by Millie Mom
I was skeptical at the claims this book was making until my dog figured out that whole Clinton/Lewinsky thing. Read morePublished on Oct. 12 2002 by Derek G
First let me say, parts of the book are rather dry. Perhaps that's the scientist doing his best to provide adequate proof. I found myself wanting to say, come on already... Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2002 by F. C. Boyd
Alot of "Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home" reads as if the author did not speak and write English as a first language. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2002 by MOVIE MAVEN