The whole of Western natural philosophy is undergoing a sea change again, forced upon us by the experimental findings of quantum theory. At the same time, these findings have increased our doubt and uncertainty about traditional 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 new paradigm, life is not just an accidental byproduct of the laws of physics. Biocentrism takes the listener 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 shatters the listener's ideas of life, time and space, and even death. At the same time, it releases us from the dull worldview that life is merely the activity of an admixture of carbon and a few other elements; it suggests the exhilarating possibility that life is fundamentally immortal. Biocentrism awakens a new sense of possibility and is full of so many shocking new perspectives that the listener will never see reality the same way again.
©2009 Robert Lanza and Bob Berman; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
At one point in this book the author starts talking about his awful childhood. It comes out of nowhere and seems to have nothing to do with the thesis of the book. After a relatively long biographical tangent, he returns to an in-depth explanation of the basis of quantum theory which can be found in dozens of books on the subject. That's when I stopped listening. Judging from the other reviews I doubt I'm missing some great revelation later in the book or anything to support the claims made in the book that, based on quantum theory, all reality is in our minds. That's also the basis of some pretty good sci-fi stories but there's no more empirical evidence for the claims in this book than there is that The Matrix exists. Don't waste your time.
Amazingly this book talks about the same teachings I am receiving from my meditation teacher who follows the precepts of many of the Eastern philosophies (Hindi, Buddhism etc) as well as aspects of the teachings of Christ as my teacher has read them from the original languages and different and more up to date interpretations of thoes languages from the generally accepted ones used popularly today.
This is a weighty subject, however, the writers' treatment of the subject was thoroughly enjoyable. There were times that I felt my mind wander and would have to go back and listen to those portions over. I definitely want to read more about biocentrism.
While the book is written by one of the more influential scientists of our time, it reads more like it was written by a philosopher if I were to be completely honest. Great ideas, but I fail to see how this provides any real scientific answers to the nature of consciousness and how it ties to everything else. Regardless, I am definitely hooked and am ready to dive in to his follow-up: Beyond Biocentrism.
Excellent, poignant monologue that raises many interesting ideas and thoughts, as well as succinctly highlighting the few areas science has been asked why and shrugged.
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