Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness Are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe

Biocentrism How Life and Consciousness Are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe Robert Lanza is one of the most respected scientists in the world a US News World Report cover story called him a genius and a renegade thinker even likening him to Einstein Lanza has teamed with Bob

  • Title: Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness Are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe
  • Author: Robert Lanza Bob Berman
  • ISBN: 9781933771694
  • Page: 166
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness Are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe

    Robert Lanza is one of the most respected scientists in the world a US News World Report cover story called him a genius and a renegade thinker, even likening him to Einstein Lanza has teamed with Bob Berman, the most widely read astronomer in the world, to produce Biocentrism, a revolutionary new view of the universe.Every now and then a simple yet radical ideaRobert Lanza is one of the most respected scientists in the world a US News World Report cover story called him a genius and a renegade thinker, even likening him to Einstein Lanza has teamed with Bob Berman, the most widely read astronomer in the world, to produce Biocentrism, a revolutionary new view of the universe.Every now and then a simple yet radical idea shakes the very foundations of knowledge The startling discovery that the world was not flat challenged and ultimately changed the way people perceived themselves and their relationship with the world For most humans of the 15th century, the notion of Earth as ball of rock was nonsense The whole of Western, natural philosophy is undergoing a sea change again, increasingly being forced upon us by the experimental findings of quantum theory, and at the same time, towards doubt and uncertainty in the physical explanations of the universe s genesis and structure Biocentrism completes this shift in worldview, turning the planet upside down again with the revolutionary view that life creates the universe instead of the other way around.In this paradigm, life is not an accidental byproduct of the laws of physics Biocentrism takes the reader on a seemingly improbable but ultimately inescapable journey through a foreign universe our own from the viewpoints of an acclaimed biologist and a leading astronomer Switching perspective from physics to biology unlocks the cages in which Western science has unwittingly managed to confine itself Biocentrism will shatter the reader s ideas of life time and space, and even death At the same time it will release us from the dull worldview of life being merely the activity of an admixture of carbon and a few other elements it suggests the exhilarating possibility that life is fundamentally immortal.The 21st century is predicted to be the Century of Biology, a shift from the previous century dominated by physics It seems fitting, then, to begin the century by turning the universe outside in and unifying the foundations of science with a simple idea discovered by one of the leading life scientists of our age Biocentrism awakens in readers a new sense of possibility, and is full of so many shocking new perspectives that the reader will never see reality the same way again.

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    1. Linda Robinson

      Reading science/cosmology/metaphysical in combination makes me forget my name and all my passwords. But I zipped right through this book which leads me to believe that I am already on the path, or I totally don't get it. The book quotes a Zen saying, "Name the color, blind the eye," and perhaps putting a label to consciousness does the same to awareness. But the book addresses questions I have now. What was there before the Big Bang? What is the universe expanding into? Quantum physics doesn't a [...]

    2. Jason

      I read this book at the prompting of a friend from a church I frequent. He is an emeritus professor of biology who recommended this book to me by way of answering my question about how he reconciles science, specifically neo-Darwinian evolution, with his liberal Anabaptist Christian theology. I'm not sure I'm satisfied with that answer. Anyhow, here is the spoiler, all Lanza's "Principle of Biocentrism" spelled out as on pp. 159-60: (view spoiler)[First Principle of Biocenrism: What we perceive [...]

    3. Jafar

      This book is a bunch of baloney. When I read The Master and His Emissary a few weeks ago, I complained that McGilchrist had written such a large tome to support his claim that I got lost putting it together. Lanza has gone to the other extreme. He’s making pretty much the biggest claim that anyone can make, i.e explaining existence itself, and he’s put together a few chapters of hogwash to prove it. Lanza is not only sloppy in every aspect, he comes off totally smug and arrogant. You can alm [...]

    4. Katelynd Rallo

      At first I thought these guys were full of it. Everything that they started to approach seemed common sense and to be already proven with psychology and philosophy which in my mind are not to be considered a "science". I decided it would be best to actually read the whole book before making a proper judgement. As I read I realized the point. If you rated this book a low rating it's probably because you didn't get it. Trust me it took me a few times to read this just to grasp the concept fully. I [...]

    5. Steve

      Before reading this book, I had always thought of time as somehow real. But now I know it isn't. Whey you look at a distant star, you think you are seeing light millions of years old. This is only because the science, in the last hundred years or so, has told us so. But, quantum entanglement means that if I am on that distant star, and I am quantumly entangled with you, the reader, then things happen simultaneously. These two principles seem to violate each other. How can things be millions of l [...]

    6. Joshua Wulf

      After reading a lot on relativity, quantum mechanics, and consciousness, this is the first book where I felt that the author had a solid grasp of all three and was able to bring something to the conversation.The Western scientific revolution was predicated on an ontology of objective things that had an existence independent of observers. The periodic table we encountered in high school science is a good example. It exists independent of the reader of the table or the observer of the elements. Th [...]

    7. Wayne

      This book of biocentrism is a scientific book. It is one of the best books I have ever read. Not that it was entertaining. It wasn't. What this book did was introduce me to some of the most amazing experimental accomplished in the realm of quantum physics and some conclusions that can be drawn. There is not any argument in the scientific community about much of the results of experiments in quantum physics but it has become clear that quantum physic is ill equipped to explain many things. Thus c [...]

    8. Clark Knowles

      Some folks didn't like this book, but I really found it thought provoking. The writing is mostly crisp and clear and the the author's theory (that he calls Biocentrism) seems firmly grounded--at least as far as he can take it. He writes of quantum mechanics, relativity, and numerous experiments and related theories without allowing the mathematics to overwhelm the prose. His main idea is that our universe is not external, but inexorably linked to our conscious selves--we are the observers that m [...]

    9. Julie

      This book must be read twice! I am into my second read and the clarity is overwhelming. Lanza points out and illustrates the flaws in majorly accepted scientific theory about the universe and how it is, and offers up the only possible alternative in his theory of Biocentrism -- a universe that springs from life (the observer), instead of a universe that exists independently of life.

    10. Richard Pinnell

      The central theme of this book is that life creates the universe and that consciousness lies at the center of existence. This is not a new idea and there is absolutely nothing new in this book. Lanza draws on two main sources to back up this idea. The first is that consciousness appears to cause the wave function to collapse in the famous double slit experiment. The second concerns the anthropic principle and how it seems that universe is uncannily just right for life. Both of these 'proofs' are [...]

    11. Alison

      This is a trippy, wild and ultimately enjoyable ride of a book, one that makes a mockery of star system, as I could have easily given it 2 stars or 5 stars - it's a collection of ideas thrown out surrounded by anecdote and with passion, and often without systematisation or thorough refutation of critics.Reading it, I kept being reminded of the writings of medieval scholars like Giordano Bruno - it has that feel of heady mix of philosophy and science that defies any attempts to keep religion apa [...]

    12. JeffreySylvester

      “Biocentrism” by Robert Lanza and Robert Berman is excellent. Lanza is an M.D and advanced cell scientist, and Berman a famous astronomer. They propose that life creates the universe and not the other way around, and that biology should be the discipline used to develop a “theory of everything” that accounts for life and consciousness to better understand reality, being and the cosmos.According to Lanza the physics model that Western science has employed has reached its limits in attempt [...]

    13. Stacey

      I want all of my friends to read this so we can talk about it for hours. My only problem with this book was some questions he left answered (which did not compromise my rating because questions are not the same as criticism.) His premise is logically viable, it works very well with Bohm's hypothesis; however I would have enjoyed him exploring more of the various states of consciousness or even more of the neuroscience behind consciousness. I think it would have strengthened his argument if he wa [...]

    14. Erik Graff

      Lanza' Biocentrism constitues the take of two scientists, one a cell biologist, the other an astronomer, on the old mind/body "problem", attacking it not from the perspective of philosophy but from that of physics. Lanza, the primary author, being scientifically educated but not a physicist, explains elements of microphysics with accessible clarity and astrophysics and cosmology, with the help of his co-author, similarly.As someone trained in philosophy, much of what Lanza has to say was reminis [...]

    15. Kara Lindstrom

      This is the story of an observer-dependent universe and a unified theory of everything that comes out of that paradigm. Lanza effectively quotes Emerson: "e mind is One, and [that] nature is its correlative." Although I think it would've helped my comprehension of the book's material had I been a biologist or a physicist, hallucinogens probably aided my comprehension to a sufficient degree.

    16. Connor Adams

      Robert Lanza steps forward to prompt a paradigm shift in the way we think. For those of us who have been waiting for science to finally tackle (Or at least tickle) the behemoth question of consciousness and produce a piece of literature that can practically influence us in a down to earth manner regarding our daily rituals, without boiling down reality to a mass of random stupidity; this is for you. A wonderful, colourful read, striking the perfect balance between fact, story and wonder, leaving [...]

    17. Susan

      Easy reading difficult to process. Currently stuck in the twisted perspective of extrapolating my own existence from the behavior of subatomic particles in a laboratory double slit experiment. Taking a pause.______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Pause over. Finished the book months ago and just did not get back to review. Now that I'm putting my thoughts together,(some distance from th [...]

    18. Susan Botich

      Robert Lanza has been noted as a brilliant biologist, having accomplished significant breakthroughs in stem cell research as well as other contributions to medical science. In Biocentrism, he elucidates an extremely challenging concept for the reader bound to the status quo to grasp: that the universe is actually a perception of consciousness, not a static "out there" reality. Lanza explains step-by-step how this is so, using known and quantified laws of physics and other sciences, and explains [...]

    19. John Spiri

      I was enthralled reading Lanza’s Biocentrism but now, after reading so many negative reviews, I ask myself why more critically than my initial reaction. Admittedly, the book stated what I wanted to read. As a reader with a steadfast interest in Eastern religions I found much of what I read to be confirmations for a take on reality that I find appealing and compelling: consciousness is primary and actually creates the physical world which is ultimately illusory. From the start I didn’t expect [...]

    20. Denise "みか" Hutchins

      I purchased this book when I saw it mentioned on an episode of Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman. It was presented there as an alternative to the preeminent string theory and I was enchanted by the idea. However, what I learned from this book ended up being so much more than that.Not only does Biocentrism, the theory, do more than simply explain the strange behavior of quantum particles, Biocentrism, the book, was an excellent starting point for all kinds of scientific knowledge. I didn [...]

    21. Gladiatrix

      Many seem to either love or hate this book, or rather to either embrace it or harshly criticize it. Myself I have a more moderate opinion, I agree with the critics that it's not really a science book, and neither are the ideas in it completely new for the most part. If you're looking for hard scientific facts and don't have the patience for an author telling much of his life story in between chapters this book is definitely not for you. On the other hand if you yourself have given much thought t [...]

    22. Delta

      This is one of those books that I will always believe changed my life. It's also going to be one of the few books I read more than once. Biocentrism helped me understand how I am not alone in this universe, but a part of it, and realize that I do matter in the grand scheme of things, if only to create the world around me. I came across this theory after reading James Rollins' "The Eye of God" and it was nothing like I expected. Since reading this book I have felt much closer to the universe and [...]

    23. Yusif Adel

      This book is a good one, you can look at the world from another possible perspective as Lanza proposed. However, Lanza went very extreme in claiming against some equations, theories and scientists. He should remove some chapters as he was trying to show some of the personnel difficulties he faced. Which was not relevant.The best written chapter was the double slit experiment chapter.

    24. Mihai

      The concept of consciousness fabricating reality is a very interesting one, however I think this book leaves you with more questions than it attempts to answer. It makes for a good philosophy read, but as a science book it seems to lack the experimentation and proof of the theory it attempts to present.

    25. Mrityunja Singh

      Bob Lanza is knocking on the right door. Consciousness is the key to any definition of life, its about time science addressed/acknowledged the fact and examined this fundamental through a multi disciplinary approach. The book points to a meeting of science and wisdom, and makes an easy read.

    26. Dan Mickle

      I really enjoyed this book. I was worried that it would go a little too deep into QT and other sciences. I felt the author did a great job of explaining the theories, but also incorporating his personal history that helped shape his views and put him on his path. I also felt he did a very good job incorporating other sciences and even religion, without dismissing them or treating them like they had no value. My only negative on the book is the ending felt rush for the last two chapters. The flow [...]

    27. Bent-o

      Not to say that his ideas are implausible or impossible but my god are scientists bad writers. I also don't feel he added anything I hadn't heard before or really proved anything beyond the fact that we don't understand quantum mechanics.

    28. Mark De korput

      Interesting angle to challenge established ways of thinking, extremely poorly executed.In its most interesting parts this book describes challenges and yet unanswered mysteries of quantum theory and hints towards a promising new perspective -Biocentrism- but never really delivers on that promise.When it comes to actually formulating solutions to the proposed problems, it jumps to conclusions and mostly provides congratulatory self-fulfilling prophecies along the lines of: "how else could you exp [...]

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