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

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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 idea sha
Hardcover, 223 pages
Published April 14th 2009 by BenBella Books
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Layla I'm not sure whether it's biology that is supposed to answer the 'big' questions as opposed to consciousness which, can be, I suppose, a question for …moreI'm not sure whether it's biology that is supposed to answer the 'big' questions as opposed to consciousness which, can be, I suppose, a question for biologists and neuroscientists. (less)

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Linda Robinson
Nov 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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May 28, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 almos ...more
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Brain successfully fried.
Katelynd Rallo
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.

Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, kindle
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 ...more
Joshua Wulf
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Wayne by: Goodreads
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 ...more
Richard Pinnell
Jun 25, 2009 rated it did not like it
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 ...more
Clark Knowles
Dec 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Apr 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.

Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a trippy, wild and ultimately enjoyable ride of a book, one that makes a mockery of Goodreads 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 rel
Erik Graff
Aug 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: Kara Lindstrom
Shelves: sciences
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
Jeffrey  Sylvester
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“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 attempting t
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Feb 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Connor Adams
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin
New age quantum woo woo.

I will throw you this video if you want to get cosmic. Origin of life conundrums points to an infinite universe or multiverse.

If it is immortality you crave I will give links to the iffy (but non woo woo) proposition of Big World Immortality.
Reading Funk
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is another simulation theory kind of book. It's very thought provoking and worth reading.
John Spiri
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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, no ...more
Susan Botich
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Mar 12, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Robert Lanza writes a book about his theory of everything, biocentrism, and makes it clear from the start that this is not just some new age fooey, he has real science backing him up. Well, he was lying. He points out every trapping that can happen to a theory of such magnitude and strangeness, then he proceeds to fall into every. single. one. If this wasn't bad enough, the writing itself just screams arrogance. It has some of the worst, most out of place purple passages that I've ever had the m ...more
Bernie Gourley
This book argues for an understanding of the universe in which consciousness is key – the sine qua non of reality, i.e. without which there’s nothing. While Lanza emphasizes biocentrism is a scientifically-based conception, his argument will likely find more immediate traction with people of faith than with the scientific community. Skepticism is likely to arise among the scientific community because the history of science from the Copernican Revolution onward has indicated that we are a bi-prod ...more
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’t
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: z2015
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 ...more
Neil Hayes
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The central point of this book is that consciousness creates the universe, not the other way round. Although not a new insight, this compelling book is the best I have read to bring home the importance of this phenomenon, and the simplest explanation of the quantum physics behind it. Interweaved with the science is a charmingly personal account of some defining experiences in Lanza's life. A wonderful book, and to me a must-read for any student of the mind, the universe, or indeed practically an ...more
Mark De korput
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
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
Dan Mickle
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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.
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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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“Fourth Principle of Biocentrism: Without consciousness, "matter" dwells in an undetermined state of probability. Any universe that could have preceded consciousness only existed in a probability state” 9 likes
“Time if the inner form of animal sense that animates events-the still frames-of the spatial world. The mind animates the world like the motor and gears of a projector. Each weaves a series of still pictures-a series of spatial states-into an order, into the 'current' of life. Motion is created in our minds by running "film cells" together. Remember that everything you perceive-even this page-is actively, repeatedly, being constructed inside your head. It's happening to you right now. Your eyes cannot see through the wall of the cranium; all experience including visual experience is an organized whirl of information in your brain. If your mind could stop its "motor" for a moment, you'd get a freeze frame, just as the movie projector isolated the arrow in one position with no momentum. In fact, time can be defined as the inner summation of spatial states.” 6 likes
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