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Beyond Biocentrism: Rethinking Time, Space, Consciousness, and the Illusion of Death

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  606 ratings  ·  80 reviews
Biocentrism shocked the world with a radical rethinking of the nature of reality.

But that was just the beginning.

In Beyond Biocentrism, acclaimed biologist Robert Lanza, one of TIME Magazine’s "100 Most Influential People in 2014," and leading astronomer Bob Berman, take the reader on an intellectual thrill-ride as they re-examine everything we thought we knew about life,
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by BenBella Books
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Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Biocentrism is a way of defining the nature of physical reality

Biocentrism is a concept that suggests the consciousness creates the universe and not the cosmos creating life and consciousness. Consequently life (biology) is primal to understanding physical reality that is normally described by the laws of physics operating in space and time. This idea is not new, in fact Vedanta philosophy of Hinduism proposed this simple concept through the sacred scriptures of Upanishads and Brahma-sutras tha
Jun 09, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a quite interesting and thought provoking book. I did not agree with all the author said, but he made many good points. The author, Robert Lanza, is not quack; he "is one of the most respected scientists in the world-- a U.S. News & World Report cover story called him a "genius" and "renegade thinker". He is currently chief scientific officer at Ocata Therapeutics, and professor at Wake Forrest University School of Medicine." And co-author Bob Berman is notable too being "the longti ...more
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I heard an interview with the authors on the CBC Radio show Ideas, and felt this was right up my alley!

In a very tiny nutshell, Biocentrism is a theory espoused by Lanza and based on overwhelming 20th Century physics, that the living observer is THE necessary ingredient, the bedrock foundation of how consciousness makes our universe tick. Contrary to the dated view that the universe is just a happy accident that exploded out of nowhere with the right physical parameters for life to arise as an a
Daniel R.
Nov 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mos
An unfortunate case of a brilliant scientist thinking they have found the answer in another area of science to which they have little to no expertise. There is a big difference between unknowable versus currently unknown which the authors seem not to grasp. Likewise their focus on the double slit experiment ignores the fact that interaction with other matter (aka detector) before the slit dictates the collapse of the wave function. There is no testable hypothesis presented in the book only pompo ...more
Aug 26, 2016 added it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Andras Fuchs
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In this very informative and often funny book the well respected authors are closing the gap between science and spirituality with the help of quantum physics. If you are trying to connect the dots between the mechanical understanding of our Universe and the teachings of many (mostly eastern) spiritual teachings, this book is for you.
Spoiler: After reading the book you might be able to let go of the constrains of time and space, accept the fact that our consciousness affects everything around u
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
The book would have probably benefited from being edited somewhat differently but as far as the pure scientific knowledge imparted to general audiences, I think it could easily be the best nonfiction book of 2016, even if the year has three more quarters to go (but let's look at it outside of the construct of time haha)
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding!! Very thought provocative...a most profound book...
Lynn Romine
Feb 06, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a joke

The assumption that nothing exists outside our brain is the most stupid theory I have ever read. I am truly sorry I purchased this book.
Ruchira Khanna
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
The authors have given excellent examples to understand the theory behind it, however; there were sometimes I felt lost as the text would get sidelined to what he was trying to say in the first place.

Quantum theory could have been explained in simple words as done in Deepak Chopra's books...

Overall an interesting read, and it coincided with the Vedantas.
Marc Frey
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book changes everything. Everything you think or believe about what’s life, death and everything else in between and beyond. It’s just disturbing and enlightening at same time.
James VanSteel
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Our point, again, is that our biocentric conclusions that there is no death, no time, no space, and instead a single living entity, which precludes a stand-apart dead universe abiding separately from life and consciousness, is a science-based reality, but it's also the conclusion that anyone would arrive at on their own if they merely thought things through, or quietly contemplated what was going on inside their minds."

Co-authors Robert Lanza and Bob Berman have crafted a breathless and easily
Stacy G. Kilgore
Jul 04, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Occasionally entertaining but wholly unconvincing

Seems like a strange book for the authors to write. It is a book clearly intended to persuade "others" of the veracity of biocentrism. But, according to biocentrism, there's no such thing as "others" since we are all one (per the author's religious experience when he was 20 years old when he realized there is no "me" nor "you" but rather we are all one). If you are a biocentrist, why try to persuade anyone of anything? Also strikes me as a rather
Antonio Vena
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Il piacere di riflettere e leggere anche questo saggio di Lanza è semplicemente immenso.
Mai sciocco o banale, in questo secondo volume diventa ancora più chiaro, scorrevole, reader friendly. Una volta conclusa la lettura interi brani stimoleranno ulteriore curiosità e riflessione sulla vita e la coscienza. Di libri del cavolo, magari belli, possibilmente scritti benissimo se ne trovano tanti. Questo Oltre il biocentrismo è una continua serie di immagini e suggestioni che arrivano per rimanere.
Jul 28, 2016 added it
This book took me a while to read. Each chapter gave me new insights and perspectives on thoughts I've always had, making me stop every few chapters to mull over them for a few days before continuing. While this book had me nodding along with a lot of what the authors had to say, I'm apprehensive to take it as a firm approval of my worldview. I'm aware that the authors' biases align strongly with mine, so while I greatly enjoyed this book, I plan to continue reading other works on similar subjec ...more
Andre Chiasson
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A remarkable book

I had read the previous book based on an article shared on Facebook. I have been interested in science, Quantum Physics, consciousness etc for some time and books that tie these fields together are inherently interesting to me. We'll written, logically presented. The science is there but not overwhelming if you stick with it. The illusion of death chapter is the piece de resistance.
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very informative. And...
Yes, unconventional.
Enjoyed that immensely. Our "materialistic" view of the world is quite outdated.
Surprised? Read this one.
Scientist are long gone from the staff we have learnt way back about our "objective" universe.
By the way: no such thing ever existed.
Go figure. :)))
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a very clearly laid out thesis for his premise (except for his too hurried explanation of the two slit experiment, which is so fascinating, it show be studied carefully elsewhere). This book will change your mind about many things you thought were a given, like sight and hearing, the gravcity of Jupiter, and especially the moon.....
Christopher Williams
Few books I can consider truly 'thought provoking' on this level. It paints a radically-different picture of reality itself. The science has enough backing to prop up given hypotheses. Suffice to say, if you do wonder about the true nature of our universe, this one is worth a read. If nothing else, you'll get a meta-cognitive smack upside the head!
David Zachariason
Mind blowing

I can't wait to read this book again. A great companion to the author's previous book, it's a new, yet old, way of thinking about ourselves and the universe. You don't need to be a physicist to understand t h e ideas and concepts in this book.
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book I've been waiting for for decades. There are things invisible to the human eye that science dismisses out of hand, but that the author makes a case for in this book.
Joe Cross
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Deepak Chopra loved this book. Nuff said.
Akhil Jain
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
My fav quotes (not a review):
-Page 24 |
"The period is basically determined by the length of the chain, a property called isochronism. It turned out, a string or chain 39 inches long produces a back-and-forth period of exactly 2 seconds. It wasn’t long before this principle was utilized in grandfather clocks, whose long metal rods, just over 6 feet, ticked off near-perfect seconds."
-Page 25 |
"one must go 87 percent of lightspeed to feel time slow by half its normal rate,"
-Page 43 |
"“A new scienti
Chris Via
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science, 2017
Halfway through the book, I made a marginal note: "This seems dangerously close to solipsism; why hasn't he picked up on this?" And two pages later, I read: "Obviously I can clap my hands, but I cannot wiggle your toes" (121). I smiled, relieved, and continued reading. This little anecdote of my reading experience sums up two major components of the book: (1) the everyday, irreverent writing (he never uses the word solipsism, for example); and (2) the consistent preemption of counterarguments. A ...more
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beyond Biocentrism attempts to cohere the discoveries in quantum physics with those of classical physics via consciousness, claiming that consciousness is what creates reality and not the other way around. All matter, or waves of energy, exist in probabilistic states until directly observed, which implies that the observer dictates how that energy will behave. The book provides countless examples of past and present experiments that have demonstrated these observations and takes the idea further ...more
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
While technically this is more informative that talks of quantum weirdness and the implications of relativity on space and time, the later parts of the book cause confusion when the authors try to link these physics concepts with esoteric concepts like mind, consciousness etc. The authors equate their biocentrism with advaita of Indian Vedantic school, forgetting the fact that advaita doesn’t stand the scrutiny of logic and scriptural validity and is often inconsistent and at most times self con ...more
Christopher Buchanan
I was worried this would be little more than a rehash. The first few chapters, of course, basically are. However, I feel like they do a somewhat better job of explaining things than the first time around. Although, that could of course just be the benefit of having been through it once before. The rest of the book extrapolates on the principals introduced in the first book and even treks a bit off into less empirical territory and ventures into some supposition. I don't mind that. You can't call ...more
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This appears to be a modern-day rehashing of ideas that have existed for centuries, albeit with an attempt to tie into it some of modern day science's quantum strangeness. As you read, the book feels profound, but I left feeling wholly unconvinced.

And then the thought occurs: so what? If it were proven beyond a shadow of a doubt I would be highly disappointed. What purpose? What meaning is there in it? None, unless one is attempting to drag in some nihilistic eastern philosophy that we're all o
Bill Guerrant
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
The strength of this fascinating book is its engagement with quantum mechanics and theoretical physics/cosmology. The authors do a fine job of describing (in terms most readers will be able to understand) the current state of scientific knowledge (or more often, lack thereof) on the ultimate issues. I did not find their advocacy of "biocentrism" to be compelling, perhaps because they seem to assume a familiarity with their first book, which I have not read. I am sympathetic to their arguments, h ...more
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Robert Lanza, M. D. is considered one of the leading scientists in the world. He is currently Chief Scientific Officer at Advanced Cell Technology, and Adjunct Professor at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He has hundreds of publications and inventions, and over 30 scientific books: among them, “Principles of Tissue Engineering,” which is recognized as the definitive reference in the fie ...more
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