Psychotherapies that work, though with no agreement about how they work, are becoming mainstream. For example, EMDR is widely used in the treatment of trauma. So what can be said about their efficacy and what, if anything, do they have to do with subtle energies, morphic resonance, quantum phenomena or even the soul?
In this episode of the Sheldrake-Vernon dialogues, I ask Rupert how his theory of morphogenetic fields might relate to various types of therapy and healing. We consider how certain explanations can appear “hand wavy” and how to be more discerning when discussing these things.
It turns out that there is good evidence that a variety of such therapies work, but how they work is not understood. So arguably it is better to avoid pseudo-scientific explanations and let the treatments, and their efficacy, speak for themselves.
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