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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 ...

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Overview


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. Biocentrism 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 release us 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: 9781933771694
  • Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/5/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 9.32 (w) x 6.24 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author


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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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Muddy Universe 3

2 In the Beginning There Was ... What? 11

3 The Sound of a Falling Tree 19

4 Lights and Action! 25

5 Where Is the Universe? 33

6 Bubbles in Time 41

7 When Tomorrow Comes Before Yesterday 47

8 The Most Amazing Experiment 61

9 Goldilocks's Universe 83

10 No Time to Lose 95

11 Space Out 111

12 The Man Behind the Curtain 129

13 Windmills of the Mind 135

14 A Fall in Paradise 143

15 Building Blocks of Creation 147

16 What Is This Place? 153

17 Sci-Fi Gets Real 163

18 Mystery of Consciousness 169

19 Death and Eternity 185

20 Where Do We Go from Here? 195

Appendix 1 The Lorentz Transformation 199

Appendix 2 Einstein's Relativity and Biocentrism 201

Index 209

About the Authors 213

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2011

    Why so expensive v.s. kindle?

    This nookbook is $6 more than a kindle book...Why?

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    Biocentrism is a very good read. Lanza is able to give clarifyin

    Biocentrism is a very good read. Lanza is able to give clarifying examples that make an unnatural subject understandable. Biocentrism in a nutshell is the idea that everything exists as a result of an observer or consciousness, there is no concrete object until your mind creates it throught the senses. These ideas challenge our understanding of the universe, because if there were no one to perceive the universe it would not exist, at least not in a concrete form. He asserts that the universe would not or has never existed without life, and that the universe is here because of life or because of our conscious mind. The two are eternally intertwined, and one cannot exist without the other. 

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  • Posted September 11, 2011

    Dr. Lanza Has Given Us A Masterpiece Of Modern Science!!

    First off, let us consider that Dr. Robert Lanza is one of the most well respected and well known scientists in the world, and yet seems to be able to simplify this elegant theory into something we can all understand.. And even more, something we can not avoid. He offers a perspective very different from what we've all been taught and challenges us to step outside of the box and dismiss conventional wisdom in order to fully comprehend his central thesis.. That life creates the universe, not the other way around. He insists that Physics will keep falling flat on its head when searching for a unifying theory unless they incorporate consciousness into the equation. Sound far fetched?? Not when he brakes down the basics of his theory with a style and flare that I wish my High School science teacher had. He never fails to be informative while entertaining all at once. Sure to be regarded as a classic, and even more impressive that for once we get an honest explaination of the universe and our role in it.. From the mind of a Biologist, not a Physicist!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

    Great book

    Im 14 and i really enjoyed reading this book i rccomend it to everyone. I had to re read alot of pages in order to comprehend it fully.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2009

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    This is a brave new book. For me, it exhibits the same courage as the 2006 The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief.

    In the August '09 issue of Discover Magazine, Roger Penrose participated in an interview in which he states that physics has been looking in the wrong corners. He believes some of the newer theories may not be valid and calls for a new way of thinking. That's how I recall the article anyway.

    The same week I read this magazine, Amazon delivers Biocentrism to my doorstep. While Lanza and Berman may not be kindred spirits with Penrose, they most certainly attend the same family reunion. That is, I believe Biocentrism addresses a large part of the problems espoused by Penrose.

    This book sets forth a new look at the universe. Lanza and Berman contend that our current theories of the physical world simply don't work. Instead of placing life as an accidental by-product, the authors place life at the apex of universal existence and purpose. It is a very thrilling and disturbing read. And I also could use the adjectives, compelling and relevant as the arena of physics seems to be moving in a direction of silliness (multiverse, string theory, etc.) that can possibly never be proved.

    While the proposals made in Biocentrism seem radical and counter-intuitive at first, a bit of reflection will soon make the images clearer and place us on the pathway to a better and more commonsensical mindset.

    You may also enjoy Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality, The Mind of God: The Scientific Basis for a Rational World, The Goldilocks Enigma: Why Is the Universe Just Right for Life?, Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape The Universe and The Conscious Universe: Parts and Wholes in Physical Reality

    I hope you find this review helpful.

    Michael L. Gooch

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  • Posted April 3, 2014

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    What if Life Selected this Universe? Robert Lanza's thought-pro

    What if Life Selected this Universe?

    Robert Lanza's thought-provoking book, BIOCENTRISM, raises the question of how our universe developed in such a way that it is perfect to support life. The odds against such a thing happening purely by chance are astronomically high. The concept of "fine-tuning" has been utilized in the past as an argument in favor of the existence of God, based on the notion that because fundamental physical constants are perfectly positioned to support life, some organizing effect behind the scenes must be going on to have created such a remarkably unlikely situation. 

    We tend to assume that chaos is the order of the day, as most of us are familiar with in our daily lives. We don't expect our homes and gardens to tidy and organize themselves, but rather we come to learn that order takes effort, whereas chaos naturally unfolds. So taking a long, hard look at just how organized our universe seems to be leads us to wonder how, exactly, we ended up on a planet that happens to be just the right distance from our sun in a universe that naturally tends to be supportive of life. 

    Lanza asserts, as the subtitle of his book BIOCENTRISM states, that life and consciousness are the keys to understanding the true nature of the universe. Just how this occurs, Lanza says, has much to do with the extraordinary effects consciousness has been proven to have in the quantum realm. Since experiments conducted in quantum physics have determined that human observers influence behavior of quantum particles in such a manner that results can be shown of a decision before it is made, Lanza suggests this indicates that life itself is the deciding factor in the "Goldilock's Universe" we find ourselves living in. 

    The word "biocentrism" was originally intended to convey a sense of reverence for all life, as opposed to focusing primarily on human life, and Lanza's definition has taken that meaning a bit farther to suggest that biological consciousness is the fundamental consciousness at work in providing us with this particular universe. 

    While I respect Lanza's premise that there exists sufficient evidence supporting the tremendous connection between microscopic quantum descriptions of reality and macroscopic classical reality, it seems clear to me that consciousness must be more than merely biological or bio-centric. While it's true that we likely do experience the most biologically friendly universes in the multiverse of all possible realities, consciousness itself extends beyond our ability to fully comprehend it, and is worthy of a 'centrism' of its own in terms of being the ultimate creative force in establishing physical reality. 

    I at times enjoyed and at other times felt annoyed by Lanza's style of writing, which ranges from playful to verging on arrogant. I'd love to feel Lanza was sharing more of his authentic, deeper feelings when describing, for example, what must have been a devastating blow as his sister slipped into a state of losing touch with her sense of reality. On the positive side, Lanza's breezy writing style makes this book about fairly heavy topics easy to read... so this book delving into physics, neuroscience, and the nature of reality is something you can sit down and read in a weekend. 

    I am enthusiastically supportive of Lanza's premise in BIOCENTRISM that consciousness is at the center of creating the physical world. Highly recommended!

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