Do you know the story of The 100th Monkey? In essence , the theory goes that once a new behavior or thought is learn by a group, when learned by the 100th person/animal, a critical mass is met and the behavior or idea becomes main stream in populations that are not even geographically related to the first. The behavior/idea/thought becomes an entity unto itself, a morphic field containing that information is accessed by others at any distance.
Well, who needs distance? We have the internet, email, junk mail, television, blackberries, Madison Avenue...
*Bubbie is having a mental visual (no, I'm not hallucinating!) of morphic fields reaching critical mass and exploding! Information Overload! Danger, Danger Will Robinson! Is there a commitment specialist in the house?
The story of the actual research with the little primates learning a new behavior (washing their sweet potatoes) from an energized idea plucked straight from the ether has been said to be fiction. Fiction or not, I think it's concept is pertinent and useful. A power that could be used for good...or EEE-vil....(insert Ms. Cheese's devilish laugh) At least we wash our sweet potatoes.
You may be asking yourself, as I am, "Why the hell is Bubbie talking about monkeys and morphing, and whatever the hell else she just said?"