I think that there is no literal field. Self-organization requires only a 
capacity to experience and effect change. When a car breaks down, there is 
no field of organization which is going to appear and fix it - the car is 
fixed by the sensory-motor capacities of the car's owner and nothing else. 
Someone discerns that the car is broken, cares that it is broken, and is 
able to invest that care into electrical changes into their own brain which 
direct a human body to interact with its world. 

If you look at a person fixing their car from the outside, knowing nothing, 
you might conclude that there is a field which attracts a mechanic to the 
car being transmitted through the telephone or some such thing, but that is 
only a model of the situation in which subjectivity is not accounted for. 
If you believe in a universe where matter lacks the capacity to sense 
itself, then you have to compensate by imagining that space has magical 
properties, hence 'force' and 'field'. Voila - a universe of emptiness 
haunted by unexplained tendencies with scientific sounding names.


On Friday, January 4, 2013 2:22:23 AM UTC-5, rclough wrote:
> IMHO Sheldrake's morphic fields are organizing fields which result 
> in the self-taming or organization of random fields.  So they are 
> anti-entropic or energy-forming. We see such taming in the formation   
> of planets from swirling dust particles, in the formation of tornadoes,   
> and in the precipitation of ice crystals as water cools. Black holes 
> are another possible example.  Priogogine has discussed this   
> phenomenon in great detail. 
> This self-organization is caused by the overcoming of the kinetic energy   
> of vibration of random dispersions of particles through cooling. 
> In this process, kinetic energy is dissipated through the internal   
> attractions between individual particles. The individual attracting   
> forces could include electrical attractions and the forces of gravity. 
> Thus chance movements are gradually overcome by the mechanism 
> of attractions between particles to organized fields called habits or 
> morphic fields. 

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