This reliance on scientific procedures is evident in his many books about morphic resonance, Sheldrake's theory of the interconnectivity of existence and formative causation, the process by which energy systems organize and meaningfully interact. According to Sheldrake, energy fields exist, which he called morphogenetic fields, which are responsible for the organizing characteristics of systems--in biology, chemistry, and physics--throughout the universe. In particular, this theory explained non-sensory capabilities that psychics and mediums apparently possess, and it also answered mysteries of animal migratory and other so-called "instinctive" behaviors. The morphic fields not only shaped the universe; they also informed its inhabitants, providing a universal source of information, much like the Akashic Records of the Theosophists. Suddenly, one could understand extra-sensory perception (ESP): how nonlocality functioned in physics, how psychics could perform successfully in remote viewing experiments, how intuitive archaeology was possible, how psychokinesis could occur, and much more that parapsychologists and psychical researchers have wrestled with for over 150 years.
Morphogenetic fields, and the ways that organisms (and other matter) resonate with them to organize and acquire information through non-sensory means, could explain a commonly observed experience of which many pet owners have attested--namely, the ability that slobberdogs, cats, and other pets or animals appear to have of knowing when their owners (or other significant humans) are coming home at unexpected, unusual times. Sheldrake constructed a series of scientific experiments testing this alleged ability, which the results validated. He theorized that morphic resonance could explain the animals' conduct.
I've also blogged about this book before (see my previous posting), and that, too, was a funnier take. Sometimes, it pays to present a more thoughtful column. People think you're smart if you act like it.
Another of Sheldrake's books along similar spooky, makes-your-neck-tingle lines as Dogs That Know is The Sense of Being Stared At and Other Aspects of the Extended Mind (Three Rivers Press, 2004 and other editions--see citation above). This title, too, may be checked-out in Evergreen Indiana. In this work, Sheldrake considers psychic, non-sensory awareness and discusses his experiments to demonstrate the reality and validity of such phenomena. He explains the existence of such capabilities as being part of normal animal biological development, in which energies, including life, are interconnected throughout the universe.