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

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The Biology of Belief is a groundbreaking work in the field of New Biology. Author Dr. Bruce Lipton is a former medical school professor and research scientist. His experiments, and that of other leading-edge scientists, have examined in great detail the processes by which cells receive information. The implications of this research radically change our understanding of li ...more
Hardcover, 205 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Mountain of Love (first published 2005)
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Lavinia Blajovan The only strength one could become aware of after reading this book - or maybe most likely after watching the main ideas of this book presented as vid…moreThe only strength one could become aware of after reading this book - or maybe most likely after watching the main ideas of this book presented as video content available online, is the power to shift point of view over life and how one chooses to react to events. Because this could actually turn into a power - to make the best out of every day lived, choosing to put a light on what could be useful to build, instead of wasting time and energy on things that turn to destruction.
Some say that from a scientific point of view, the book has zero proves that thoughts can change matter.. well, I 'm not in the field, but I am pretty sure that there is a huge difference between making a plan, taking the steps and achieving the goal and then start analyzing what could be done better next time ... and .. spending time thinking that it may not work, taking a step or two and failing because the thoughts were about that from the beginning, without even considering afterwards to think of improvements, but just quit the whole plan. So, in the end, self empowering and self sabotage are real. I think the problem is that these two maybe should be proved by scientists that they exist. But, they exist, right, anyways, without dna proves, biology proves and so on .. (less)

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Jason , etc.
Jul 18, 2011 rated it did not like it
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 theory by including it in a later chapter like an afterthought in order (I guess) to ma ...more
David Rubenstein
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
Apr 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction-read
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
Nov 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. It was going very logical and as expected from a scientist with a spiritual awakening until I hit the last chapter. The last chapter is like: `and now for something completely different`, thunder and smoke, vavavwoom, and `its a slippery thing that slips down the slope as it slips` kind of explanations. And the so called magical PSYCH-K that he directs you to, is just the plain old tool that is being used in hypnosis/hypnotherapy for a hundred years, so no point in presenting it as if ...more
Jonathan Jobe
Jul 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Oct 31, 2007 rated it liked it
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
I still own this book as it was given to me as a present and I am too embarrassed to hand it over to anyone else and thus admitting it is in my possession in the first place. I thought about reading it again and marking all the falsehoods I found within the pages, so in case I die, nobody will think I endorse the contents in any form or way.

Okay, jokes aside - reading this book left me so frustrated, I do not exactly feel like writing a tame, sweet, scientific-minded review. This frustration wa
Lee Harmon
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
May 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science, psychology
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
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Oct 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Yasser Mohammad
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Once in a while 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.

Jun 29, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Jakub Micko
May 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
It is disappointing and ironic that Lipton is just another "scientist" who refuses to actually debate the gray, and instead does the same thing that he vilifies the scientific community of doing: turning complex multifactorial issues into black and white topics. For the most part, I found this book hard to read, a jumpy amalgamation of his life's woes mixed in with fairly creative scientific models which he then leapfrogs off of to present cherry picked studies and a plethora of anecdotal eviden ...more
Feb 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Lipton makes the point that our conscious thinking affects the environment in our body in which our cells live. He says the cells of our body have a brain which is the membrane of the cell (not the nucleus ) . The membrane of the cell has thousands of protein strands that act as receptors --much like the nerve endings in our skin --these receptors transmit to the cell knowledge of the cells environment --wither be toxic or nutritious and what sort of hormones are out there (stress hormones(fight ...more
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
Pretty typical pseudoscience BS. You know pseudoscience by its label "New Science." Is that like New Coke? There is no New Science. There's just Science. Imagine a book labeled New Science Fiction or New Fiction. Of course it's new. Everything is new when it comes out, until it's not new. I'd expect a new book on science to contain the latest research. Otherwise, it would probably be called History of Science. So the fact that this book isn't called Science but New Science is a dead giveaway tha ...more
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
May 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Iona  Stewart
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is an exciting book that reveals a scientific basis for the demolition of the theory of genetic determinism.
In his work as a cell biologist Lipton discovered that the cell membrane and not the gene-containing nucleus is responsible for what happens in the cell. He thereby concludes that we are not controlled by our genes but that it is our interactions with the environment that are significant. His book thus provides a weighty contribution to the nature-nurture debate.

He also refutes the ol
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Pamela Ramey-Tatum
Aug 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I feel this is another that I will put on my shelf labeled "highly influential". It's a really easy read and a big eye-opener once you consider the implications of what Dr. Lipton has to say. Very nice to have some actual research data to finally back up the real possiblily that the human spirit does have eternal existence. Also makes a great case for why all areas of science should be moving beyond "outdated Newtonian physics, Descartes' separation of science/spirit, and Darwin's survival of th ...more
Ivan Vuković
While somewhat interesting, there is no doubt that this pseudo-scientific book can lead an untrained non-skeptical mind astray. The ideas presented, although more or less based on science, are farfetched, not to say ridiculous. Be very careful!
This book is a game changer. Genes are not as controlling as we are led to believe. The cell membrane is the brain of the cell and it receives information from the environment. Our environment shapes our genes. This book will change the way you see life. This is a must READ.
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great concept. Terribly written. Read it anyways.
Narendrāditya Nalwa
Jul 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
In spite of the claim, this book doesn't "unleash" anything concrete about consciousness. It only points to the inadequacy of modern Western medicine and its criminal negligence and malevolent demonisation of all forms of complementary medicine including reputed Eastern systems like Ayurveda.

Dr. Lipton suggests a primarily ENERGY-centric view of human body than a gene-centric one, and establishes his arguments well. One can say without doubt that he has succeeded in his efforts in pioneering Ne
Thambidurai S
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of my friends recommended this to me. After reading, I'm screaming at myself, why haven't you read this earlier. Amazing book that changes our previous insights on belief, genes, existence, death, medicine and stress. ...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

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