Telepathic communication could also play a role. Sheldrake has demonstrated this in the case of termites. When a termite nest is partially destroyed, the insects immediately get to work repairing the damage. This process appears to follow a pre-determined plan. When a steel plate is placed in the hole preventing the two ‘repair crews’ from having contact with one another, each half still manages to fit seamlessly with the other. It is clear that the queen plays a major role in this process; all activity stops if she is killed. If, however, she is taken from her nest or separated from the workers, their activities will continue uninterrupted.
There is a lovely example of a pigeon that finds its owner, a 12-year-old boy from Summersville, West Virginia. One day the racing pigeon, carrying number 167, flew into the boy’s life and, concerned for the pigeon’s welfare, he adopted the bird as his pet. Some time later the boy was admitted to Myers Memorial Hospital in Philippi, some 170 kilometres from the boy’s home. A week or so later he heard wings flapping outside his hospital room window. It was the pigeon.
There is also an unbelievable story about a man whose finger was amputated. He kept his severed finger in a jar. A few years later the man complained to his doctor about a feeling of extreme cold where his finger had been amputated. The man said the finger was being kept in his mother’s heated basement. The doctor asked the mother to have a look at the jar. It turned out that a window had broken right next to the finger exposing it to cold air from the outside. As soon as the finger was warmed up again, the man’s pain disappeared.
Sheldrake has seen his theory on morphogenetic fields proven many times over in practice, but wasn’t able to formulate a scientific explanation. Now that the Zero Point Field has been (re)discovered, his theory gains a scientific base.