This book is amazing! I consider it a must-read, and I think most people will look at animals a little bit differently after reading it. If you ever had any doubts that our pets know a lot more than we think, this book will remove them.
Rupert Sheldrake is a world-renowned biologist with a PhD in biochemistry from Cambridge University who (among other things) has spent many years doing research on the perceptiveness of pets, surveying thousands of pet owners and animal handlers.
And (as anyone who spends time with animals would expect) the stories are amazing: missing pets finding their way home over unfamiliar terrain; cats and dogs responding emotionally, sometimes at a great distance, to the suffering or death of their owners; animals sensing earthquakes, impending epileptic seizures, bombing attacks and other imminent dangers; cats, dogs and parrots responding to the ring of the telephone whenever a particular person calls – the list goes on and on.
In the preface of the book, Sheldrake states that he “is a great believer in the value of scientific inquiry, but that the mechanistic theory of nature is too narrow”. In this book, he is trying to provide scientific evidence that animals do possess “psychic” powers, as has been told in numerous anecdotes since the time of the Romans. I don’t know if what he found can be considered conclusive evidence, but it certainly makes for a good read!
Hear what Rupert himself says about this:
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I don’t think anyone can read this book without wanting to share the stories. It is one of my all time favorite books; I recommend it to everyone, and read it myself again and again.