1. An Introduction
Life, as they say, is a mystery. We all wonder about things we don’t understand, and assume somebody else will know the answer.
When I was about four years old something happened that I didn’t understand. My mother suddenly said to me think of a number and I’ll tell you what it is, which she did several times. Even at that age, I knew it was very strange, things like that just don’t happen, so I asked my mother how and why it worked, but she had no answer. The next day I asked her again and I got the same reply, so I assumed that somebody else knew the answer. Over the years I realised to my surprise, nobody really understands; how does, what I now know to be telepathy, work? Unfortunately, I am one of these people who cannot accept that a problem has no answer; if the problem exists, then there must be some way it can be resolved.
Life Seems Mysterious
We are told that science can answer most questions, but scientists regard the evidence of telepathy as fake news, in the same way as religion and science have little common ground. The majority of people accept that the paranormal is fiction; and many think there must be a God to have made the world so beautiful, while some of us find religious belief too difficult to comprehend. Whatever your belief about these two issues, they surely are mysterious.
So is the miracle of childbirth, and the way a single cell grows into a man or woman. Consider also, the mystery of the mind, an issue which science has failed to understand, labelling it as ‘the hard problem’. Inheritance is something we all take for granted, obvious and straightforward unless somebody asks – how; to which there is no answer. Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species settled the questions about evolution, but he was never sure if it was mutations or inheritance that caused species to evolve.
These are some of life’s mysteries but the biggest for me is this fundamental question; how does a single cell grow into a blade of grass, or an elephant, or any living thing? This, the scientists say, they have solved by assuming DNA to be an instruction book, which is clearly very questionable, although they continue to cling to that faulty science.
The purpose of science is to resolve anomalies but scientists have never been able to resolve the problems of life. This is because they can’t measure things they cannot see, or analyse them, so the system fails, anomalies have remained forgotten, overlooked or accepted as a peculiar abnormality. I am a retired engineer who has been able to look at the problems of life in a different way to scientists, by thinking outside the box; anomalies do not exist in engineering.
A eureka moment came suddenly to me, 37 years ago, when I realized that instinct, which is in the mind of all animals, must get there by some process of information transfer from mind to mind, the same as telepathy. This simple but profound idea led me to realise that life is an eternal copying machine, copying all the time from the previous generations. How is it, our DNA, which is mostly scrambled nonsense, provides the information to build our bodies; like a house of 30 trillion bricks (cells)? I believe DNA cannot possibly be a book of instructions; the information to build the house must come from somewhere else – but where, I was compelled to ask?
Making sense of life has been my goal for the past eighty-five years, and it has involved the personal study of meditation, hypnosis, spiritualism, ghosts, and dowsing; looking for answers, as well as an exploration of many sciences. I followed wherever the evidence led me. Through the course of my studies, I discovered that DNA controls life in a totally different manner to what we have been told. I was quite unprepared to learn that, for the past seventy-seven years Schrödinger, a well-meaning physicist, has led biologists astray, and the obvious solution to the difficulties they face solves many other mysteries and affects other theories. These include the mystery of inheritance, which alters the theory of evolution.
Another theory is that everything we identify as ‘paranormal’ is actually part of the normal mechanism of life, which telepathically transfers brain and mind information from parents to offspring during the process of growth. When my mother casually said, ‘Think of a number and I’ll tell you what it is’ I asked ‘How could that happen’? She had no answer, and it was never spoken of again. That started me on a lifelong search for the truth. How does telepathy work and how does it relate to the other mysteries known collectively as the paranormal? And how does that relate to the mystery of life? If taken separately, the individual parts of my proposed theory may appear questionable, but when taken as a whole, the evidence and science of each radical element fits together to form a single hypothesis.
By 1984, I had decided that understanding biology was the key, and I lectured tothe Society for Psychical Research about a ‘rationale linking biology with, special psychic abilities (psi)’. Although this was received with interest, I had little evidence to back up my proposal at that time. The evidence only came very slowly, by reading books, personally studying meditation, hypnosis and spiritualism, and doing twenty hours of broadcasting on the topic Paranormal is Normal. (You can listen to them all; links are in the appendix).
The Royal Institution
I spent many years trying to understand the relationship between instinct and biology realising this was the link that was missing. In 2018, I attended a conference at The Royal Institution in London about contemporary biology, which was sponsored by the European Research Council, and was an investigation into how to fill a huge gap in the science of biology. The aim was to ‘rethink the philosophy of biology’, where the seventy-seven year-old belief that DNA is a book of instructions was severely questioned, but no alternative suggestions were made. All they did was to go over the evidence showing that the philosophy of biology is unsound. Although none of the lecturers dared to say that genes are not a book, it was clearly in the minds of the lecturers. I was in complete agreement when Denis Walsh, a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto, said, ‘Biology is in a mess, so we need a new core theory’.
My idea from 1984 fitted the bill, the evidence I had accumulated over the years all supported a new theory. If DNA is not a book of instructions, then what could it be? We all know the answer – even children know it. We are copies of our parents; the only question is how does it work? It is now apparent that DNA is no more than our personal identity code, which again is public knowledge. I am now proposing ‘a new core theory’, showing that genes do not control life directly as if it were a book, they are only the key to opening a gate through which the growth information passes. I will show that genes and DNA enable each new generation to be a replica of the last, where the information flows directly from the members of the previous generation, and not from DNA.
This revolutionary idea differs from the 77-year-old dogma which is a at the very heart of modern biologists thinking. I make no apology for this because it is based on solid evidence. Firstly, that biologists need a new core theory even after 77 years; and it offers a solution to solve many other unanswered questions.
The Unsolved Problems of Biology
Scientists say our genes are the blueprint for life and a book of instructions that directly control our growth and behaviour. However, although genes appear to be the blueprint, there is evidence to show that they cannot work that way. This is biology’s great conundrum – my evidence gives a new solution to the problems for biology, even though it goes against scientific ‘evidences’ that have accumulated over the years.
In 1981, English author and biologist Rupert Sheldrake wrote about a solution when he suggested in his book A New Science of Life that morphic resonance or fields, between members of any species, accounted for their growth and form. This concept had been studied since 1910 without success.1.1 Before publication, the New Scientist said of Sheldrake’s ideas: ‘Of course, within the context of modern science, such an idea is completely scatty.’
Sheldrake’s ideas were controversial because most scientists at the time believed all life grows according to plans in DNA. The editor of the science publication Nature referred to Sheldrake’s book as one ‘for burning’ and subsequently said during a BBC interview: ‘Sheldrake is putting forward magic instead of science, and that can be condemned in exactly the language that the Pope used to condemn Galileo, and for the same reason. It is heresy.’ This book contains unorthodox opinions, contrary to accepted opinion or belief. It addresses those same problems that Sheldrake tried to solve, although I believe my solution resolves all of these.
For over a hundred years, there has been the suggestion that the development of structures and organs during animal growth are caused by some invisible field. But how this may work has never been adequately explained. My findings provide the answers by presenting the evidence that has previously been lacking. It addresses those same unresolved problems and suggests that genes and DNA control life indirectly by morphic fields rather than directly, offering a mechanism based on the evidence and fresh ideas. This completely new way of looking at biology relies on the obvious fact that we are direct replicas, or copies, of our parents and their families, where the information flows by morphic fields. I believe we copy the structures, organs and brain, directly from our two parents, rather than from our DNA which serves an entirely different purpose to what we are led to believe.
In 1944, the physicist Erwin Schrödinger, who was a Nobel Laureate for physics, wrote a book entitled What is Life? in which he said: ‘It is these chromosomes . . . that contain, in some kind of code script, the entire pattern of the individual’s future development and of its functioning in the mature state . . . they are the law – code and executive power – or, to use another simile, they are the architect’s plan and builder’s craft – in one.’1.2
He used the word chromosomes, as DNA was not known at the time, saying they were both the architect and builder of life.
To this day, we are still following Schrodinger’s ideas, inferring that genes directly control life, form and behaviour. We say our genes are the book of instructions, but I am sure that’s wrong. Our unique DNA code is only two per cent of the total, but it is no more than a key enabling us to copy parental features, while the other ninety-eight per cent of our DNA is no more than a record of the changes to characteristics in our species, which have been carried forward since the beginning of time. That’s why we share ninety-eight per cent of our DNA with monkeys.
Saying that biology is in a mess is, I believe, a gross understatement. Wherever you look, there are anomalies that cannot be swept under the carpet. Sheldrake was correct when he said something else is needed to explain these anomalies, some sort of field that guides the growth and form of all life by directly reproducing previous generations – although he did not use that wording. Even a child can see we are reproductions of our parents. It’s incredible to realise that a Nobel physicist misled the world for 77 years with his book What is Life, in which he said what some people were thinking at the time.
By turning the theory of genetics on its head, a new understanding for inheritance becomes available. We directly inherit information to create bodily form. Whereas previously, inheritance was mysterious, having no explanatory mechanism, it must now be seen as part of a direct copying or replicating mechanism from our parents. Another factor is that the unconscious needs and desires of our parents are reproduced in their offspring and subsequent generations, which causes diversity.
My new core theory, which stems from a new perception of DNA and the full meaning of inheritance, initiates a better understanding of evolution. Amazingly, the large gaps in the understanding of biology are filled, also, psychic experience and the paranormal become normal and legitimate. Detailed explanations for all these claims will be found in later chapters.
The Scientific Method
At this point, it’s important to explain how science generally works. Firstly, someone identifies a problem, leading to a tentative hypothesis then to experimentation, which may or may not solve the problem. If it appears to solve the problem, then publication leads to others repeating the experiment to test and support the new hypothesis. In this way, individual scientists work to produce tentative explanations or hypotheses, but only within a larger body of science that has been accepted and thoroughly tested in the form of a theory. This is called normal science. Sometimes, however, the theory is wrong. Thomas Kuhn, who was an American philosopher of science, compared normal science to revolutionary science, writing about how an incorrect theory gets changed1.3 and detailing the precise mechanism.
Any recognised theory (paradigm) can get into difficulty when unsolved problems or anomalies occur. Eventually this may lead to a crisis, during which time another theory is proposed that fits the evidence. The theory in crisis, is therefore gradually replaced by the new theory because it can be seen to fit the facts while avoiding the anomalies.
An example of this is the theory that South America was once joined to Africa. This idea was first noted in 1596, but it was not until 1912 that Alfred Wegener published the idea that the continents had drifted apart. Scientists were not convinced, and Wegener’s theory was rejected until, in 1944, the manner in which continents drift was pinpointed, although this was still not enough to solve the crisis. Finally, in 1967, it was discovered that mid-oceanic rifts cause the drift of continents and the new theory was at last accepted.
It seems that biology is in crisis at present, as seen by the European Research Council’s programme to rethink the philosophy of biology, ready for the new core theory, or a paradigm change, as suggested by this book.
The Search for Solutions
A Nobel Prize was awarded to Schrodinger in 1933 for his work as a physicist. I believe he was untrained to talk about genes when he said they were both the architect and the builder of life. He said this because a transferring principle has been shown to pass detailed information into bacteria by transferring some genetic material. This was in fact an incorrect interpretation of the evidence, which I will prove later. The hypothesis has been accepted as the theory of genes ever since, mainly because no other solution has been available. Biologists are aware that his idea of DNA being a book of instructions is wrong, but they are left without a solution. I am now suggesting a solution, and while I know it is one that biologists will find hard to accept, it nevertheless answers many questions.
In my study of telepathy, I realised that the carrier of inheritance and telepathic information is the same as the carrier of the instructions to grow a child in the womb. To make the correct connection the carrier relies on the similarity of the parents’ identity codes with the child’s code (DNA), in the same way as personal telephone numbers are needed to make a telephone call. The foetus listens to all the DNAs in the world, like a phone, but only connects to the family’s DNA which is 50% of its own. This is a complete upheaval for the science of DNA and genetics. In the process, it gives an understanding to the growth of brain and mind, of what we call inheritance, and of much more besides.
The realisation of the enormity of my discoveries was hard to bear; I felt I had to write a book to give the detailed arguments and evidence. As a person with a dislike of writing and minimal ability in this discipline, I had a challenge. My first edition was self-published, as no publisher was likely to even consider it. And writing it proved to be a difficult, time-consuming, and frustrating experience. Not only that, I had also hoped the bad writing would be overlooked as the power of my argument, along with the overwhelming evidence, took hold. How wrong I was! The scientists condemned it outright and the general public was bemused. Several book reviewers looked only at the discussion chapter, concluding that it was all fiction. I have had to work long and hard to achieve recognition.
This edition is much improved, updated and properly edited, and it will achieve its purpose in literally Making Sense of Life. Over many years, I have looked at the related science, finding that there has always been a feeling that life proceeds by some field (morphogenetic field), but with no accepted suggestion of its origin. Only by looking at the rejected science of telepathy could the origin of that carrier be found. This integrated well with the sciences of DNA, human growth, biology and consciousness, where the mechanism of inheritance leads to the overall explanation of an aspect of evolution that Darwin was unable to solve. By understanding inheritance, I was able to solve what has been called ‘The World’s Greatest Mystery’, which is incorrectly called reincarnation. In fact, it’s only inheritance from someone other than the parents.
I spent my life as a development engineer, not as a scientist, but science is only the proper development of ideas. My work achieved several patents involving teleprinters, radar, film projectors and television equipment, where new directions in thinking achieved success. It is unfortunate that scientists often follow dogmatic ideology and conform through fear. For example, even talking about telepathy is taboo.
I believe I have shown that the DNA code is not a book of instructions; it is a unique personal code – one for every person. All life has its own personal code, where ninety-nine per cent of it is the family and species code, which goes back to the beginning of life. All life relies on an unknown quantum carrier of information, which I have deduced from unaccepted science.
Darwin searched for a solution to the evolution of species and, although he came up with some accepted ideas, he failed to find an answer to the question of how changes due to environment or desires are transmitted from parent to child, which was the question raised in 1896 by his grandfather, Erasmus Darwin. Life has continually evolved from the early species. For instance, over thousands of years rodents gradually transformed into cows due to a change in environment and diet, making them larger as well as having a different lifestyle and new types of predators. All the time, these changes were propelled by unconscious desires for improvement. Similarly, monkeys came down from the trees and walked about, consumed a different diet, learned how to use tools and turned chatter into speech.
But scientists rejected the idea that needs and desires propelled inherited changes, thinking that DNA was fixed for each species, because all evolution had to be the result of chance mutations. This idea was written into science in 1942 by what was called the Modern Synthesis. Nowadays, the Modern Synthesis is questioned1.4 so we are back to wondering how inheritance and evolution work, how desires are transmitted from parent to child and how the giraffe evolved its long neck. I believe it was the parents desire for a longer neck that changed the neck of the young giraffe, not a random mutation. Its DNA ensured a connecting link was made with its parents, enabling its form to be copied from its elders, but their continual desire ensured that the young giraffe developed a slightly longer neck. As this happened to each generation, it can be seen how the giraffe species developed a longer neck.
The solution to the enigma of life is solved if we realise that all life proceeds by direct reproduction of the parents where the information flow is over the ether. This idea is not accepted by science because it has been shown that telepathy is not carried by any known carrier of information. Having looked at quantum biology and the evidence, the details of a quantum carrier have emerged.
In my search for an alternative explanation, I concluded that the unique DNA of every child ensures a connecting link is made with its parents, via morphic fields and the quantum carrier. This leads to inheritance changes in the fetus due to the parents changed characteristics, unconscious needs or desires, which can be seen as the driving force of evolution. Scientists regard all this as a wild idea that goes against their dogma, but the evidence taken as a whole shows a different story.
Although it has never been shown how morphic fields work, my new core theory attempts to reveal how and whythey operate by a new quantum carrier, which then explains much more. As a mechanical development engineer with the Marconi Company working on radar and TV, among the best electronic engineers in the world, I became used to technical research. I have applied that experience to trance, meditation, hypnosis and all the things that seem unsolvable.
The rest of this book is about resolving any challenges there may be in following my new and unorthodox ideas, giving detailed evidence and representing a giant leap forward, which I believe does explain how life makes sense.