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Bob Berman Robert Lanza
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22 July 2010
Building on quantum physics, Biocentrism turns the planet upside down with the revolutionary view that life creates the universe instead of the other way around. The central claim of Biocentrism is that what we call space and time are forms of animal perceptions rather than external physical objects. Lanza and Berman take readers on a fascinating journey through a foreign universe - our own - that will alter their perception of reality for ever.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ben Bella; 1 edition (22 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935251740
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935251743
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 16.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I found the attack on physics to be pretty compelling ... Lanza's theories [are] certainly worth debate." --Houston Chronicle's Eric Berger, SciGuy blog "What makes this book both interesting and worth the effort of reading it; is the unique perspective Lanza brings to the subject matter as a physician. ... From the way [Lanza] chooses to present his arguments, it's clear he has a solid grasp of esoteric disciplines like quantum theory, special relativity and particle physics. And what makes his presentation more compelling than other efforts I've encountered is his ability and willingness to weave personal experience into the thoughts and ideas presented. His style is conversational and warm which tends to pull you along through the exposition gently. And his sense of wonder and befuddlement at shop worn enigmas like the double slit experiment, Bell's theorem, non-locality and Schrodinger's cat is as infectious as it is delightful ... I very much like what Lanza has to say in Biocentrism." --Midwest Book Review Endorsements for Robert Lanza's essay on which Biocentrism is based: "For several days now I have read and reread your article and thought about it. Like 'a brief history of time' it is indeed stimulating and brings biology into the whole. Any short statement does not do justice to such a scholarly work. Almost every society of mankind has explained the mystery of our surroundings and being by invoking a god or group of gods. Scientists work to acquire objective answers from the infinity of space or the inner machinery of the atom. Lanza proposes a biocentrist theory which ascribes the answer to the observer rather than the observed. The work is a scholarly consideration of science and philosophy that brings biology into the central role in unifying the whole. The book will appeal to an audience of many different disciplines because it is a new way of looking at the old problem of our existence. Most importantly, it makes you think." --E. Donnall Thomas Thomas was awarded the 1990 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington and Director Emeritus of the Clinical Research Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. "It is genuinely an exciting piece of work. I am very familiar with some of the things you say. The idea that consciousness creates reality has quantum support, as you suggest, and also coheres with some of the things biology and neuroscience are telling us about the structures of our being. To put what you are doing in a larger context, it exhibits a dramatic new Copernican reversal. Just as we now know that the sun doesn't really move but we do (we are the active agents), so you are suggesting that we are the entities that give meaning to the particular configuration of all possible outcomes we call reality. I think this is a great project." --Ronald Green Green is the Eunice and Julian Cohen Professor for the Study of Ethics and Human Values, and Director of Dartmouth College's Ethics Institute. Professor Green is a well-known religious studies scholar and former Chairman of the Department of Religion "Robert Lanza, a world renowned scientist who has spanned many fields from drug delivery to stem cells to preventing animal extinction, and clearly one of the most brilliant minds of our times, has done it again. 'A New Theory of the Universe' takes into account all the knowledge we have gained over the last few centuries, and correlates them to our own beings, placing in perspective our biologic limitations that have impeded our understanding of greater truths surrounding our existence and the universe around us. This new theory is certain to revolutionize our concepts of the laws of nature for centuries to come." --Anthony Atala Atala is an internationally recognized scientist, and the W.H. Boyce Professor, Chair, and Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. "As an astrophysicist, I focus my attention on objects that are very large and very far away, ignoring the whole issue of consciousness as a critical part of the Universe. Reading Robert Lanza's work is a wake-up call to all of us that even on the grandest scale we still depend on our minds to experience reality. Issues of "quantum weirdness" do have a place in the macroscopic world. Time and space do depend on perception. We can go about our daily lives and continue to study the physical Universe as if it exists as an objective reality (because the probabilities allow that degree of confidence), but we do so with a better awareness of an underlying biological component, thanks to Dr. Lanza. I cannot speak for NASA or other NASA scientists, but personally I look forward to hearing a more detailed explanation of this biocentric view of the Universe from Dr. Lanza." --David Thompson Thompson is an astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. His contributions include the building and flying of prototypes of EGRET, which was launched by the Space Shuttle Atlantis in 1991. He is currently with the Astroparticle Physics Laboratory, and has received both the Goddard Space Flight Center & NASA Group Exceptional Achievement Awards. "Yes, it is appropriate to ask whether our perception of space and time is a consequence of our particular neurophysiology. Yes, it is appropriate to ask how it happened that the conditions worked out to be just right for life to appear somehow on earth and then to evolve from the archaea through the eukaryotes to us. ... I'll bet the book gets a good audience. And I like to see books published that challenge my own ideas and thoughts in ways that make me think, but not ones that simply throw dogma at me. The essay is definitely of the former kind." --R. Stephen Berry Berry is James Franck Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemistry, University of Chicago. Professor Berry is a member (and recent Home Secretary) of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences. He was also former Vice President of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and MacArthur Prize "Genius" Fellow. "Science has a token of freedom that motivates scientists to study all logical possibilities that may explain the world. Robert Lanza has come up with an innovative approach to investigate reality from the viewpoint of biology. His article demands an answer to the question of whether scientists have exhausted all possible tools for studying nature. Can science bring biology into grand unified theory? A solution is suggested that involves a new concept, biocentrism. Lanza goes beyond the individual human attribute calling for interconnectedness among all living creatures forming the fundamental basis for understanding reality. A book that expands upon this unique approach is warranted, not only to alert society, but to call on it to test this novel new hypothesis." --Gunther Kletetschka Kletetschka is a geophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. He is also a Research Professor of Physics at Catholic University of America and leading scientist working on the James Web Space Telescope. "It's a masterpiece--truly a magnificent essay. Bob Lanza is to be congratulated for a fresh and highly erudite look at the question of how perception and consciousness shape reality and common experience. His monograph combines a deep understanding and broad insight into 20th century physics and modern biological science; in so doing, he forces a reappraisal of this hoary epistemological dilemma. Not all will agree with the proposition he advances, but most will find his writing eminently readable and his arguments both convincing and challenging. Bravo." --Michael Lysaght Lysaght is Professor of Medical Science and Engineering at Brown University and Director of Brown's Center for Biomedical Engineering.

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Robert Lanza "Robert Lanza was taken under the wing of scientific giants such as psychologist B.F. Skinner, immunologist Jonas Salk, and heart transplant pioneer Christiaan Barnard. His mentors described him as a 'genius,' a 'renegade thinker,' even likening him to Einstein himself." --US News & World Report cover story Robert Lanza has been exploring the frontiers of science for more than four decades, and 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 several hundred publications and inventions, and 20 scientific books, among them, Principles of Tissue Engineering, which is recognized as the definitive reference in the field. Others include One World: The Health & Survival of the Human Species in the 21st Century (with a foreword by President Jimmy Carter), and the Handbook of Stem Cells and Essentials of Stem Cell Biology, which are considered the definitive references in stem cell research. Dr. Lanza received his B.A. and M.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was both a University Scholar and Benjamin Franklin Scholar. He was also a Fulbright Scholar, and was part of the team that cloned the world's first human embryo, as well as the first to clone an endangered species, to demonstrate that nuclear transfer could reverse the aging process, and to generate stem cells using a method that does not require the destruction of human embryos. Dr. Lanza was awarded the 2005 Rave Award for Medicine by Wired magazine, and received the 2006 "All Star" Award for Biotechnology by Mass High Tech. Dr. Lanza and his research have been featured in almost every media outlet in the world, including all the major television networks, CNN, Time, Newsweek, People magazine, as well as the front pages of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today, among others. Lanza has worked with some of the greatest thinkers of our time, including Nobel Laureates Gerald Edelman and Rodney Porter. Lanza worked closely with B.F. Skinner at Harvard University. Lanza and Skinner (the "Father of Modern Behaviorism") published a number of scientific papers together. He has also worked with Jonas Salk (discoverer of the polio vaccine) and heart transplant pioneer Christiaan Barnard. Bob Berman "this is a fascinating guy" --David Letterman "fasten your seatbelts and hold on tight" --Astronomy magazine Bob Berman is the most widely read astronomer in the world. Author of more than one thousand published articles, in publications such as Discover and Astronomy magazine, where he is a monthly columnist, he is also astronomy editor of The Old Farmer's Almanac and the author of four books. He is adjunct professor of astronomy at Marymount College, and writes and produces a weekly show on Northeast Public Radio, aired during NPR's Weekend Edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Landmark book. 28 Dec 2013
By lib
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The concepts in this book feel like the missing piece in the jigsaw. As uncomfortable as they may be to come to terms with, they point to a new era of understanding that makes sense at the most fundamental level.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 5 Dec 2013
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Love it, different way of looking at things, great. Would read again without doubt. Lanza is a genius of now
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling 31 Mar 2013
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This book invites the reader think about and consider our existence in the Universe. I cannot claim to understand all the equations and ideas but to this book excercises the mind and you can catch glimpses of another reality.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately disappointing 10 Mar 2012
Your reaction to this book will depend very much on whether you have been exposed to the ideas in it before. If you've read speculative books about quantum physics (Paul Davis for example) or on the creation of the universe by consciousness (Dean Radin for example) then you will be used to distinguished scientists stretching your mind a bit. Lanza is a very distinguished scientist himself, and he explains very clearly just how far the reality of the world is different from our everyday mechanistic understanding of it. Briefly, there's no "out there" out there. It's all in our heads.
There are two problems with the book though. On the one hand, Lanza is extremely careful in his arguments, and rather timid in his speculations. You will be disappointed not to have several more chapters drawing out the conclusions of what he has been describing. On the other hand - perhaps to make the book a decent length - there are several unrelated chapters of Thoreau-type folksiness drawn from a life which has obviously been pretty uneventful.
If this book succeeds, maybe something more daring next time? Let's hope so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strongly recommended 12 May 2013
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Refreshingly original, visionary, free from dogma, written by a scientist who is both a biologist and a physicist, and yet understandable by a layreader
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely well written and challenging 26 Jan 2014
By Sky
Straight off, I totally agree with Professor Richard Conn Henry's review in Journal of Scientific Exploration, Volume 23, Number 3, Fall, 2009, page 371 where he agrees that the essence of the book is revealed by the following quote; "the animal observer creates reality and not the other way around." Along this line of thought is the concepts of reality, the inner and the outer and the limits of our sense organs. The author's use quantum mechanics as a basis of their seven principles of Biocentrism. I like the way they gradually and carefully build the basis of each of the seven by clearly explaining the results of the experiments using quotes of interpretation from established authorities. One might claim that there is nothing new here. Perhaps, but I suggest that one will find the most clearly stated attempt to make sense of the illogical results of quantum mechanic experiments. This, if nothing else, makes the book valuable to the lay person who may have tried to understand the various findings but had to shudder and put down other books in dismay.
The reader will find an understandable explanation of the nature of time and space. Lastly, the second underlying objective of the book is to explain why consciousness is a necessary factor in making any sense at all of the message revealed in over 50 years of quantum mechanics research.

I wish to quote professor Henry again: "So what Lanza says in this book is not new. Then why does Robert have to say it at all? It is because we, the physicists, do NOT say it--or if we do say it, we only whisper it, and in private - furiously blushing as we mouth the words. True, yes; politically correct, hell no!"

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5.0 out of 5 stars Biocentrism 8 April 2013
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Provokes so much thought. You can't fail to agree, but also to question. Absolutely fascinating. It's a must read. If you know someone who has everything and need to buy them a gift. Get them Biocentrism. You can't fail. If they have a brain they'll love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars likes to talk 14 April 2011
By prince
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The ideas in this book are not new but as they are coming from a respected scientist it makes it all the more interesting although it shouldn't. It is only a matter of time before all this is official.
There are so many holding onto old fixed ideas, and each one is crumbling.
My only critisism is that the author does talk too much as he rambles on about his youth etc, it is simply not interesting enough for me and could have been left out.
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well written, fresh, interesting and like any other good book - too short! ;)
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