There is an abundance of scientific explanation of what happens to our cells and the author does a good job for the firstr 3/4 of the book in explaining how everything is connected within the body. Some of his languaging is more academic than a lay person would understand and can become redundant.
The last 1/4 of the book is spent with him trying to philosophy his arguments and try to attach the evidence of cells to how humans evolved from the smallest of bacteria. He follows this up with the basic message that it is enevitable that as we disregard and even harm our bodies, it is exactly the same thing that we are doing to the planet and if we don't change our ways, we will be part of the 6th massive extinction on this planet.
If I would have known the above, I would have read the first 3/4 of the book, because it was worthwhile and not the last portion, because there really isn't anything else he describes in the way of research or applicability to the knowledge he gave in the first part of the book.
We been following Bruce Lipton for awhile now and this book is another hafta have! Ever want to know how "things" work and why" Listen to this one and his other audio book, "Spontaneous Evolution". Everything you ever wanted to know about "why me, Lord" may just pop right out in the open, clearly. Find out why you are the way you are, if you can stand it...we nearly couldn't until we listened to his books. Now we know why and how WE can change things for our betterment.......6 High Fives (two books)
This is not a real science book at all.
I've listened to the first hour and so far he has:
*equated Newtonian physics with materialism (I'm sure Newton would have been surprised);
*referred multiple times to the theory that genes determine development as a "belief system", and
*set up a straw man by conflating this with the view that one's whole life is determined at conception,
*cited the fact that stem cells develop differently depending on the conditions around them as evidence against it,
*claimed without justification that a prediction of this theory is that organisms with more complex (to human eyes) phenotypes should have physically larger genomes, which of course is not what is observed because it isn't true;
*suggested that the human genome (a word he pronounces incorrectly) project was done solely for the profits of venture capitalists, which I can only assume is an attempt to smear by association the whole of genetics and materialism, perhaps so that later he can say "but my brilliant revolutionary theories are ignored by the orthodoxy because they are in the pockets of...";
and he hasn't even started to outline his main thesis yet!
I don't intend to listen to the other 7 hours.
The author has very informative information about cells, and therefore can be a good educational experience for understanding a bit of biology, or simply a reminder if you're already the scientific minded. It's best to listen to this with an open mind and question later, as his points of view are linked from one thought to the next.
I had to stop listening after 2 hours. Jumping between facts, misrepresenting main stream medicine and coming up with conclusions out of no where, made this flight of though book just too much for me.
Here's what the publisher's say: In the tradition of Carl Sagan, Rachel Carson, and Stephen Hawking, a new voice has emerged with the unique gift of translating cutting-edge science into clear, accessible language: Dr. Bruce Lipton.
Nothing could be further from the truth. I'm an English teacher; I've got freshman writers who can clearly articulate an argument. Bruce cannot. I expected actual science, not rambling self-absorbed anecdotes without a point.
As a PhD in chemical physics and and active worker now in biology (vaccine research), I can only conclude that some editor forgot that a responsibility is to check facts. This book is looney!
The audio sample sounded good, and I thought the book would have current research in microbiology. Instead, it contains unfounded and improbable speculations, such as how cells can get "negative vibes" from interference patterns that cancel each other out and how the brain is a fractal (while disavowing any New Age influence). There are a couple of useful analogies and insights in the book, but mostly the author talks about how wrong Newton and Darwin were, and tries to revive the theories of Lamarck. I was waiting for an explanation of how a cell's environment could modify that cell's DNA, but that answer slipped away in a barrage of hand-waving about gene regulation. The author told a personal story about how everyone left the room while he was giving a lecture. Had I been there, I would have led the pack.