Nicola Anstice, of Corran School, asks :-
Is Morphic Resonance proven?
Bernard Howard, a retired biochemist and the secretary of the New Zealand Skeptics, responded.
Morphic Resonance is a term introduced by a British scientist, Rupert Sheldrake. He suggested that once something has been made, it creates a 'morphic field', which makes it easier to make further examples. On his theory if a mouse in England is taught a trick then any other mouse anywhere in the world would learn that trick more quickly.
The New Zealand Skeptics are dedicated to investigating claims of the paranormal, and this is where we enter the discussion of your question, because most scientists regard Morphic Resonance as a claim of the paranormal, ie, it is outside our ordinary sensory perceptions, and our understanding of how the world works.
The 'Morphic Fields' said to be created by each object or idea, if they exist at all, must have one very peculiar property, which sets them apart from all others. More familiar fields, such as gravity or magnetism, decrease in their effects in proportion to the inverse square of the distance from the origin. Sheldrake's morphic fields, on the other hand, do not decrease at all, however far we travel from the origin.
My understanding is that, at present, the proponents of morphic resonance are still at the stage of trying to establish that the phenomenon exists, they have no way yet of quantifying it and they have not yet convinced their colleagues.