Why does the mind develop habits

We look at a television set. The images on the screen are generated by the physical components of the device and the power supplied, but are ultimately based on the invisible electromagnetic field generated by the television transmitter. If someone does not believe in invisible influences at all, he will try to explain picture and sound solely on the basis of the hardware - wires, transistors, etc. - in their electrical interaction. He will find that the picture and sound change when this or that component is disconnected. Some of these "mutations" of the components affect the image quality, others lead to a sudden channel change. However, that by no means proves that tuning the interaction of the components produces the evening news.

In the same sense: If genetic mutations have an effect on the shape and behavior of an animal, this must by no means be taken as evidence that shape and behavior result from the genes. Rather, they result from an outside influence.

Morphic resonance, so Sheldrake thinks, instantly brings "memory" of form that has already existed across space and time. This "memory" comes as an urge to take on this very form. The strength of the urge is independent of spatial or temporal distance, but grows and falls with how similar the remembered shape is to one of the shapes that would otherwise be most likely. Remembering solutions that have already been there accelerate emergent processes (just as if nature would then save itself a cumbersome search for further possible solutions, which could, however, be given in large numbers).