Because the name was mentioned here, i took down my copy of Sheldrake's "A New Science of Life, The Hypotheses of Formative Causation" from the shelf and decided to give it another look (this copy is the soft cover 1981 copyright version - he may have updated it with notes in later editions, i don't know).
Its pretty good reading - not too technical (although it somewhat technical) and I'm making this post to recommend Sheldrake's work in general.
A little background: Sheldrake is a Cambridge educated plant biologist. The first draft of this book was written, as he says in the Preface, during a year and a half stay at Shantivanam Ashram in Tamu Nidal. Some more recent work, which also appeared in book form, is called "Dogs Who Know When Their Owners are Coming Home". This is a much more accessible work and if you've ever lived with a dog, not a lot thats in it will surprise you. Both are recommended reading.
Sheldrake's work is one of those things that i have not thought about in years. It would be shame if somehow it gets lost in the general overload of modern life, where people are endlessly distracted by the next big thing
. I guess thats why i decided to mention it here.
I very much recommend the dog book (I no longer have my copy or I would be willing to send it on to someone) and if you have a slightly more scientific bent, then 'A New Science of Life' is quite good. You local library may have either or both also. I love libraries.