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


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 shakes the very foundations of knowledge. The startling discovery ...
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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 shakes the very foundations of knowledge. The startling discovery that the world was not flat challenged and ultimately changed the way people perceived themselves and their relationship with the world. For most humans of the 15th century, the notion of Earth as ball of rock was nonsense. The whole of Western, natural philosophy is undergoing a sea change again, increasingly being forced upon us by the experimental findings of quantum theory, and at the same time, towards doubt and uncertainty in the physical explanations of the universe’s genesis and structure. Biocentrism completes this shift in worldview, turning the planet upside down again with the revolutionary view that life creates the universe instead of the other way around.

In this paradigm, life is not an accidental byproduct of the laws of physics. Biocetnrism takes the reader on a seemingly improbable but ultimately inescapable journey through a foreign universe—our own—from the viewpoints of an acclaimed biologist and a leading astronomer. Switching perspective from physics to biology unlocks the cages in which Western science has unwittingly managed to confine itself. Biocentrism will shatter the reader’s ideas of life--time and space, and even death. At the same time it will releaseus from the dull worldview of life being merely the activity of an admixture of carbon and a few other elements; it suggests the exhilarating possibility that life is fundamentally immortal.

The 21st century is predicted to be the Century of Biology, a shift from the previous century dominated by physics. It seems fitting, then, to begin the century by turning the universe outside-in and unifying the foundations of science with a simple idea discovered by one of the leading life-scientists of our age. Biocentrism awakens in readers a new sense of possibility, and is full of so many shocking new perspectives that the reader will never see reality the same way again.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781458795175
  • Publisher:, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/27/2010
  • Pages: 296

Meet the Author

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 twenty 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 BA and MD 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 Wiredmagazine, 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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