The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, & Miracles
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The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, & Miracles

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With more than 100,000 copies sold of his self-published book, The Biology of Belief, Bruce Lipton teams up with Hay House to bring his message to an even wider audience. This book is a groundbreaking work in the field of new biology, and it will forever change how you think about thinking. Through the research of Dr. Lipton and other leading-edge scientists, stunning new...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Hay House (first published 2005)
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David
I listened to this short audiobook, which contrary to the "unabridged" description, is much much shorter than the book by the same title and author. It starts up with an in-depth look at how perception alters the response of cells. It discusses epigenetics, and how proteins really contain the "secret of life", and not DNA itself. So far, so good.

The author then tries to make a parallel between cellular perception and an organism's sense of perception. He describes ways in which perception and be...more
Christopher
This book was okay. The parts about new biology were interesting, but i just do not feel that the author had a strong enough understanding of the other topics to adequately tie them together. He talked some about quantum mechanics and how it has changed our understanding of reality, but did not make a clear connection between that and what he was saying.
Also, he wrote the book as if to say that his message, that people are largely influenced by their environment and are able to make of it what t...more
Angela
This is awesome! I've been learning and working the Law of Attraction for the last few years and have seen marked results. But there have been times that I've wondered, "where's my stuff" some of the other things I've been trying to manifest. After reading this book, I not only understand how LOA works, but am now able to break through the barriers of the few things I've had a difficult time attracting. Seems too good to be true, from inside the box we've all been trained to think in, but I do b...more
Jason
This probably would've been a much more impressive book if I didn't have a background in molecular and cell biology. I'm not saying that science can't be tied to the power of positive thinking, but his conclusions require enormous leaps in order to tie one to the other. Some of the experimental results he points to are incredibly weak and superficial (DNA methylation rates) and his attempt to involve quantum mechanics by including it in a later chapter like an afterthought in order (I guess) to...more
Jonathan Jobe
As I read this book I established a love-hate relationship with the author. I agree with the author wholeheartedly that the fields of epigenetics and quantum physics can and will significantly change the way we treat illness. His discussion of the placebo effect with respect to antidepressants was fascinating. However, I became annoyed by his many jabs at "the establishment" and his insistence that his "New Science" and "New Biology" would lead to his condemnation like a modern day Galileo. His...more
Jenell
Some teachers can just kill your interest in science. They can make it so impossibly abstract that you can’t find any relation to it. Perhaps that is what put me off as I began to read Bruce Lipton’s The Biology of Belief—not that he wasn’t giving a context and showing a relationship to science—quite the opposite. He reminded me of someone receiving an award for the first time and thanking everyone! He was unbridled, unguarded—unintelligent? No! That I was offput by his enthusiasm, is really a r...more
Jrobertus
Lipton was once on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin, and then went off to be in a rock band. It appears that loud music and drugs burned out his brain cells. He got a job at a forth rate med school in the Caribbean, but discovered there is more money in writing junk science. This guy is a charlatan, but as H.L. Mencken said, " nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public". In this book, Lipton misrepresents the view of contemporary science and demonstr...more
Dennis
Sep 22, 2013 Dennis rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Doctors, hypnotists, anyone interested in the power of prayer
Shelves: non-fiction
Outstanding presentation of the science behind positive subconscious programming! Written by a cellular biologist, Dr. Lipton presents a very strong case for why the cell's membrane runs the show and how we directly influence those membranes with our minds.

Easy to read. Helps the reader move smoothly beyond outdated Newtonian physics, Descartes' separation of science/spirit, and Darwin's survival of the fittest into Einstein's quantum physics and the truth about cooperative living for survival a...more
Lee Harmon
Lipton is a cell biologist whose “study of cells turned [him] into a spiritual person.” This is a highly readable science book, defining how beliefs control behavior and gene activity, and consequently the unfolding of our lives. It’s a fun learning tool that doesn’t dig too deeply, with an uplifting message.

Belief truly is biological. One interesting topic that Lipton addresses is the placebo effect. It “is quickly glossed over in medical schools so that students can get to the real tools of mo...more
Robin
Okay, it IS a science book, but it was really interesting! The author is a cell scientist, and by understanding cells and quantum physics, he sets out to show that our beliefs really do change our biology. I think he does a good job. This also makes a case for why alternative and eastern medicine works, based on energy. He writes in a way that is easy to read in spite of the scientific content. There is a chapter on parenting, and the effect that parents' beliefs and messages have on children (b...more
Joye
I really wanted to like this book. I just listened to it on a long car ride. First of all, the writing was terrible. He must have used the word "interesting " every 3 sentences. I learned very little from this book except some biology about DNA that I hadn't read before.
The beginning was interesting(tee hee, there is that word again!) about the history of science and biology, but I had read other books about it in more depth. He was following a thought about the role of DNA in our body's working...more
Joey
I want to shove this book in Ritchie Shoemaker's face, but then again I think he helped a lot of us with dreaded genes realize we have to work a lot harder to regain our health. And no that's not a bad thing.

This is one of those books that I would shamelessly recommend to any of my med school friends to nudge a healthy dose of skepticism into lifetimes that will be largely involved with genetic engineering, aka the future of the medical-pharmaceutical complex (When is someone gonna make Fog of...more
Pamela Ramey-Tatum
Aug 07, 2007 Pamela Ramey-Tatum rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interestd in Law of Attraction
I am currently reading this (not even 1/2 way through it), so will write more later. But so far, I like the book very much. Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., a cellular biologist, has an easy style and has a great sense of humor. I know a lot about consciousness as cause (Law of Attraction)--I teach courses on the subject myself--but, because Lipton is a cellular biologist, he's coming from the point of view of our cells--and showing scientifically the biochemical effects of our thoughts on our cells and thu...more
Jenna
A great insightful presentation on the latest modern science on humans consciousness. Something that could be read multiple times to grasp even further. I highly recommend this to anyone, as he does lose me in all the biology, he breaks it down completely and makes it relatable to anyone without a biology background. Uplifting and interesting.
Josh
The Biology of Belief was written to convey “ground-breaking work in the field of new biology.” The author, Dr. Bruce Lipton, certainly has the educational and professional background to deliver this new information. He taught at two medical schools and performed some of his cell research at Stanford University. However, some readers may be disinterested in reading this book simply because the information ‘should be presented in a medical or peer-reviewed journal if the information is accurate a...more
Denise
Este es un libro muy interesante, sobre todo porque quien lo escribe es un científico. Poco científicos creen en otra cosa que no sea lo material y lo mesurable. Bruce Lipton, el autor del libro, descubre a través de su labor científica el impacto que tienen nuestras creencias y pensamientos sobre las células de nuestro cuerpo.

Toda la información que puede sabotearnos en un momento dado nuestro esfuerzo por sanar se encuentra almacenada en nuestro subconsciente, por lo que es muy importante rep...more
Carlo
More outside the box thinkers like Bruce Lipton PhD are needed to help evolve our world into a more creative, loving, sustainable society. The author has taught at University of WI Medical School in the 70's and followed that with research in genetics and microbiology at Penn St. & Stanford's Schools of Medicine. He does a great job sharing with the reader his findings, thoughts, and theories on the amazing power we all possess. The genes we are born with is a general framework but because s...more
David
Don't judge this book by its spacey new-age cover. While the metaphysical conclusions at the end may be a little much for some to handle, the parts where Lipton covers some basic science and the picture he paints of cell functioning and genetic control is solid and fascinating. Lipton is an accomplished microbiologist who challenges some of the assumptions that are still typically taught in biology classes but which he suggests have been undermined for years by new research. That is always a lam...more
Ron Campbell
This book is what started my awareness of the importance of our Belief System. It also started to show me how Consciousness expands to everything that is a part of our Physical world.

Lipton is a Biologist and he discovered that the single cell has a sense of self and even more that it is a part of something greater (the body). In his work with the single cell organism he discovered that it is the membrane of the cell that is the center of the cell's being. Until this discovery it was believed t...more
Rommel
I picked up this book after seeing a few short presentation of Dr. Bruce Lipton on youtube that spoke to the power that beliefs have on the reality we each create for ourselves.

At the beginning I was apprehensive at picking up a book on biology as I thought I wouldn't understand it, as my background hasn't been in science. However, after watching a few of the you tube videos from the author and reading more and more of the book, the language became almost second nature, almost.

The main premise...more
Debbie
In college, I was took two semesters of General Chem, Biology, and Physics simultaneously (that was a busy year!) and I have to say, I saw similar patterns to Dr. Lipton, despite (or, perhaps BECAUSE OF) my lack of knowledge of genetics. I do think when you look at several fields of science and humanities concurrently, your mind tends to integrate all of the information, rather than compartmentalizing it. I don't think it was until my second semester of physics, during a lecture on the theory of...more
Yasser Mohammad
Once in a whole you have to read something that you think is not worth it to open your mind for new ideas that may turn out to be worth it after all. That is why I started reading this book. I expected some more of the law of attraction stuff.

I am still 33% through the book and it was much better than what I expected. The idea of the cell not being completely controlled by DNA is for me interesting. Nevertheless, it seems that the author jumps too fast sometimes to unwarranted conclusions.

For...more
Justine
In terms of epigenetics vs. genetics, Bruce Lipton leans much more towards genetics although he contradicts himself when he tries to apply his theory about biology to societies.

I loved his illustration of how cell membranes work -- using two pieces of bread, a large chunk of butter and olives! He makes it all intuitive.

He proves that the real brains of the cell is not the nucleus, as I was taught in 7th grade, but it is actually the membrane. The nucleus is more like the "gonads" -- as he calls...more
Hal
I'm not sure what to make of this book really. I got it from a bibliography from all things of a book about trading. So I was thinking I would get something on spiritualism or motivation/self improvement. Something along those lines. The book mostly focused on fairly high level biology of cell behavior. What was kind of funny is he inferred he did not want to get too technical being a biology professor then proceeded to spend about three-fourths of the book talking about technical biology matter...more
Tammy
I was a science major in college before I was an English major, and that may have helped me some in reading and understanding this book, but it's been a long time since college, and I did switch my major, so I found this a challenging read. I had to put forth a little effort, but the payoff was worth it. The author recognizes that his audience are not all trained in biology, so he does a nice job of explaining his theories for us, yet understanding those theories depend on being able to follow a...more
Karl
Having recently listened to Bruce Lipton speak at the annual IONS (Institute of Noetic Sciences) conference I was excited to read this book. Bruce has a knack for taking the information obtained from his scientific background in Biology and making in understandable to someone who has no education in the field of biology. The format Bruce uses, as well as his style, are very “user friendly” and this made for an enjoyable read. As for the material itself, I found that I learned a great deal about...more
Brian
The main hypothesis of Dr. Lipton's book is that the environment that an individual encounters is more influential to their destiny than their biological genes. He supports this hypothesis by comparing humans to the cells that each and every one of us is made of. He debates that every individual cell is controlled more by the signals it receives through its cell membrane than by the genes contained in the nucleus. His metaphor involving a computer in this section draws a clear picture even for t...more
Matt
As a practicing traditional naturopath, I am obligated by the tenets of my profession to incorporate ALL aspects of a client's being into the process of restoring health. Bruce Lipton offers a powerful and persuasive argument, offered in an easily readable style, which slams the door on the Newtonian paradigm of reality and helps usher us into the infinitely more powerful, exciting and helpful realm of epigenetics as a primary determinant of human health. Like any pioneer, he has been and will b...more
Jose Luis Belmonte
I think this is a self-help book which uses science (mostly medical science) as a proof to the mind-body connection and even to some spirituality. It is quite well written, I just finished Michio Kaku´s Hyperspace and that is a very well written book. I was trying to compare the editors Bruce gets versus Michio's, and if the latter writes without help, he does it really great!
For me the interest of Bruce´s book is that you get seven chapters and an epilogue that provide a glimpse of epigenetics,...more
Mohammed alkindy
The book had a very good start, it gives a good biology dosage i had not had from before. It was interesting to know how our proteins react to external environment and how organic molecules play a big role in our lives. the link of the book title and materials presented was not clear till the end of the book where the author give an advise of believing in Jesus whom i already believe in as a massager of God. in my opinion, the book advice would have been more effective if it was to reject all th...more
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Bruce H. Lipton, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in bridging science and spirit. He has been a guest speaker on hundreds of TV and radio shows, as well as keynote presenter for national and international conferences.

Dr. Lipton began his scientific career as a cell biologist. He received his Ph.D. Degree from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville before joining the Department of...more
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