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Sheldrake has ventured some guesses as to the relationship between morphogenetic fields and our individual memory and intelligence. He suggests that our brains may not contain memories and knowledge, per se, but may be devices for tuning in to relevant sections of the morphogenetic field for human memory, much as a radio tunes into radio waves. Our own personal memories would naturally be more accessible than those of other people or cultures (since, in morphogenetic resonance, like resonates with like), but theoretically the memories of every human (and other entities?) would be available to anyone capable of tuning in.
Originally posted by 0rbital
Well, a spider knows how to build a web, it doesn't learn to do it. Why is this? Those instructions/memories are built into the spider's genetics.
You can guess where I'm going with this can't you? Yep, I believe it's the same with humans. In fact, it might be possible that every memory from every bloodline in all past direct relatives are buried deeply within our genetics. Imagine if you could access those memories?
This is what I believe hypnotic regression brings out, past memeories of our past relatives. Well, when I say ''believe'' I mean it's just a thought I toyed with. Also, have people heard about people getting heart transplants and suddenly taking on other personality traits? A link maybe?
So, is it plausible?
Originally posted by Techy
Memories are formed as neurone connections in the brain, entirely unrelated to DNA. Instincts (for example, building a web) though, I'm not sure about, though it must have some relation to DNA.
Memories couldn't be 'transferred' to DNA, though - chromosomes change as a result of mutation, they aren't manually, or deliberately, changed.
As for the case with organ transplants, that seems fairly plausible. Some personality traits are genetic, and a new organ would have different genetic material. If the organ isn't rejected by the body, I guess that genetic material has integrated with the new body.
Originally posted by dawnprince
Going with your transplant patient part of the theory , I wonder if people that have been given large blood transfusions have also exhibited any character changes ?