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The resonance of a brain with its own past states also helps to explain the memories of individual animals and humans.
There is no need for all memories to be "stored" inside the brain.
Social groups are likewise organized by fields, as in schools of fish and flocks of birds.
But then how would natural laws be remembered or enforced? Many kinds of organisms have habits, but only humans have laws.
For example, if rats of a particular breed learn a new trick in Harvard, then rats of that breed should be able to learn the same trick faster all over the world, say in Edinburgh and Melbourne.
There is already evidence from laboratory experiments (discussed in A New Science of Life) that this actually happens.
Just making the right proteins at the right times cannot explain the complex skeletons of such structures without many other forces coming into play, including the organizing activity of cell membranes and microtubules.
Most developmental biologists accept the need for a holistic or integrative conception of living organization.
by Rupert Sheldrake In the hypothesis of formative causation, discussed in detail in my books A New Science of Life and The Presence of the Past, I propose that memory is inherent in nature.