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Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to the True Nature of the Universe | [Robert Lanza, Bob Berman]

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

The whole of Western natural philosophy is undergoing a sea change, 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 relationships 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, 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.

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©2009 Robert Lanza and Bob Berman; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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    D. Campbell 04-04-10
    D. Campbell 04-04-10 Member Since 2004
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    halfway through - I really could have done without Mr. Lanza's discussion of his life, his abusive childhood and his sister being beat. Glad his life turned out so well; really didn't want to hear about it here, though. Just wanted to hear about the theory. Probably would not buy over again, if I had the chance. trying to decide whether to finish the book or not.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Henry 04-13-10
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    "A First Rate Intellectual Scam"

    I download lots of books on the expectation that they will expand my knowledge or entertain me, and frequently both. Mostly I get what I expect, but not so with this book.
    Within the first chapter, I knew I was in for a bumpy intellectual ride. I had to stop the book to write down the errors in logic, not a good sign. I am not a scientist, but I have read widely enough to spot an intellectual scam. Usually they start with the setup that only two possibilities exist; mine and everyone else's. They then proceed to demonstrate how everyone else's is wrong. Now, it goes without saying -- in the scam -- that since there are only two possibilities, and everyone else's is wrong mine must be right. That's how an intellectual scam works, and it is exactly the logic used in this book.
    There are many fine books available on tape on astronomy, biology, the cosmos, and evolution; they are usually based upon pier-reviewed science. This book does not deserve to be on the same shelf with them.

    12 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick 05-17-14
    Patrick 05-17-14
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Stop Lying to the people


    What was most disappointing about Robert Lanza and Bob Berman ’s story?

    Clever attempt to lie about content. Half truths mixed with real science


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The overall purpose of the author diminishes the product.


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    A lot of Hype about this book but a big let down. It's going to fool a lot of people.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gravaman 03-31-10
    Gravaman 03-31-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Quantum Leap for the Quantum Theory"

    With the start of the large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, the scientific journey of a life time is just beginning. Looks like a quantum leap for the Quantum Theory of everything (maybe).

    I would guess that most of us ,that have a layman's interest in Quantum Mechanics, get through explanations of quarks (Charm, Up, Down, Strange ...) and maybe the double slot demonstration .. but things get very counterintuitive when the human observer instantaneously establishes the states of entangled photons just by trying to measure one of them ... even though they are billions of miles apart. Richard Feynman helped me a little with his sixth lecture in "Six Easy Pieces". But, I have been stuck for the last 20 years...

    Hold the phone .. Dr. Lanza (stem cell cloning, etc) has an idea .. in fact a theory of Biocetrism that may help us understand QT. And also provide an explanation of the role of the observer.

    Fun book! Easy read. Very non-technical (maybe to it's detrement). Great auto-bio skeches of the author's life experiences.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kristen Smith 07-04-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Food for thought"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer Utah 07-25-10
    Amazon Customer Utah 07-25-10 Member Since 2009

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    "Truth is where you find it"

    This is a fascinating book about the idea that life creates the universe, not the other way around. It is interesting to me that scientists can swear to you that such-and-thus theory HAS to be correct because there just is no other way it can be. Then a number of years later, they discover that they didn't know about this or that which makes such-and-thus impossible. I love that! But the thing I loved most about this book was the fact that the theories the author postulates come closer and closer to my understanding of the universe as proposed by an obscure, unlearned boy-prophet in the 1820s and '30s. It stays constant while scientific findings orbit around it, and now and then hits something right on. Wow, my testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ just shot through the roof!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Poulsbo, WA, United States 04-17-10
    Robert Poulsbo, WA, United States 04-17-10
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    "Great Read"

    I started listening to this book and could not turn it off,it took me to places I thought never exsisted.Biocentrism is a great book and well layed out,I give it 5 stars.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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