With The Wisdom of Your Cells, this internationally recognized authority on cellular biology takes listeners on an in-depth exploration into the microscopic world, where new discoveries and research are revolutionizing the way we understand life, evolution, and consciousness.
In this full-length audio course, Dr. Lipton shares his lucid and startling insights about the building blocks of life, and how each one of our cells has far greater innate intelligence than we once believed.
©2006 Bruce H. Lipton; (P)2006 Sounds True
Retired teacher of literature with an interest in religion and in science and in history. I have loved reading for 50 years.
If what Lipton says is true, and one should be able to check the facts, his ideas here are intriguing and they could possibly change the way you look at life. I am one-third the way through the book and only stopped because I had to go to work--I find it very compelling listening. Some of his ideas thus far resonate with spiritual ideas of William James, another scientist who valued spiritual experience. Other ideas remind me of what little I know about quantum science and how it also supports a spiritual interpretation of the universe, at least somewhat. The first ten minutes of the book grabbed me and would not let go...
Caveat emptor on this one. Dr Lipton is one of the best biology teachers I have had the pleasure to experience. His explanations of the workings of the cell, the role of DNA, and gene regulation are deeply insightful - I understood several aspects better than I did before. However, he uses this foundation to build a Gaia-esque philosophy of existence as if one followed logically from the other. He ignores huge jumps of logic, quotes favorable research while ignoring contrary views, etc.
The basic story is that we are all about energy and that we can control energy, and thereby everything about ourselves, including health. This is a viable point of view, it his belief that his formal biology science proves it that I find a 'bridge too far'. It is based on three premises: first that nature is fractal - that the cell is the elemental unit of life (fine so far), all fauna are communities of cells (intriguing hypothesis), societies are communities of people, earth is a community of communities that inhabit it, the universe is a community of planets....; secondly that the molecular processes that power the cell are based on the energy forces within the atoms that make them up (true); and thirdly, that since we can control our energy, we can control everything about us (at least open to serious debate, but probably just wishful thinking)
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.
3 Men & Me
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.
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.
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!
I must say that this is the worst book I've ever read. As a Scientist with a PhD working in the field of Protein Biochemistry, I highly recommend that you skip this book of nonsense, as many critical ideas presented here lack any scientific merit. Enough said. Save your money and most of all save your time.
I thought I was buying a book about new discoveries in cellular biology, a fascinating area. Instead it is the pseudo-scientific ramblings of former achedemic who abandoned good scientific logic in favor of jumping to conclusions, building bogus conclusion on top of bogus conclusion, in order to reinforce his going-in spiritual assumptions.
The book has not turned me off from books in the science genre, However, in the future I will be more careful not to be misled by religious pseudo-science posing as science
This is tough for me to listen to. It does have some good content but I don't find it keeps my attention very well. Not time well-spent for me.
No, I don't think so.
Not for me...very rambling.
As a biology major, in 1978, I came up with most of this silliness in dorm room bull sessions. It seems he is more interested in presenting his loopy analogies as science than truely explaining any recent advances.
"Bruce Lipton:- The Wisdom of Selling Out"
This book contains much that is interesting and true. However, the bits that are true are not interesting, and the bits that are interesting are not true. In fact, I want my money back!
We desperately need a re-enchanted holistic science to come from prominent scientists and the comparison to Carl Sagan or Stephen Hawking, led me to expect some genuine new insights into cell biology.
What you get however, is highly inaccurate high school biology, pop-psychology and physics, spiced with New Age talk about "Energies" and "Signals". Wherever it is possible to mis-represent, Lipton does it in spades.
For instance, a central thesis (and allegedly the reason Lipton gave up science) is that he could no longer preach the orthodoxy that "our genes control us", insisting instead that "the environment controls us".
This is nonsense! Neither genes, nor environment alone "control" us. Biology has always been about the complex INTERACTION of genes with environment! The phenotype is what results. Geneticists also routinely estimate the heritable genetic contribution to any given trait.
Lipton cites the work of John Cairns as proof that mutations are "guided", thus "proving" that Lamarck was right and Darwin wrong. This is nonsense on stilts! Cairns work shows Darwinian selection in action! Cairns demonstrates not that mutations are guided (Lamarck), but that mutation rates increase (throughout the genome), in times of stress.
Lipton's psychological theories, such as the passive "downloading" of parental beliefs are a mess of half baked pop-psychology. His physics too is dubious, morphing light absorbance and emission seamlessly into cellular perception of "mental energies".
So, what is his point? That belief is so powerful, it controls reality. Unfortunately, he also believes that we are undergoing the "6th mass extinction of the planet". Feel free to sue in advance for damages!
At £30 for 8hrs, this is money for old rope. Just don't buy it!
This is complete rubbish. The author silly and irrational, and is theory is also silly.
...what utter rubbish, and poorly read too! Never have I wasted so much on so little.
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