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
It is understandable that this audiobook should have both passionate positive and negative reviews: it offers a genial new interpretation of biology, evolution and history, with ramifications into medicine and psychology.
An earlier reviewer remarked the ideas contained here would never be published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Indeed! - these journals do not publish personal interpretaions. A book (or in this case, an audiobook), and not a peer-reviewed journal, is the perfect medium for this kind of work.
I am an M.D., I was marveled by this work and highly recomend it to everyone.
Since the negative review writers here boast that they have their PhDs, I will mention my creds. I have a BS in Chemistry and an MS in Public Health. I'll get my PhD in a science, which in my view is not a huge deal!
Bruce Lipton is amazing to me. This book really explains why the medical establishment has no idea how so many of our illnesses are caused. If you don't know what I am talking about, just sign up for some Anatomy & Physiology classes at your local community college. Take Physiology, Pathophysiology, and Microbiology. Discover that professors all around the country, including medical school professors, are teaching this dis-ease and that dis-ease, but when they address the cause, they teach "We don't know what turns the genes on!" Bruce Lipton offers the brilliant idea that the internal environment and our perceptions (stress, fear, worry, etc.) are what determines what genes are turned on, and thus what proteins are made, which determines function. His idea that the cell membrane is more analogous to the brain and the nucleus is more analogous to the gonads is truly a ingenius paradigm shift! A brilliant read! Loved every word of it!
I really enjoyed this Audiobook. I'm a nurse and I've always wondered why some people get sick and others don't. Some eat well, excercise and do all that stuff right and have a heart attack while smokers and junk food eaters do fine. Of course, that's not always the case but this book explains why it can be the case. Shows how powerful stress is in our bodies and how our fear based society contributes to so much disease.
I definitely see why the pharmaceutical companies wouldn't like this book as it shows your belief in medicine is more important than the medicine itself. As a nurse I've witnessed this first hand.
This is a wonderful book and recommend it to anyone with an open mind.
Let me first state a strong endorsement for the scientific content "Wisdom" features. There is much to discover and explore here and I'm looking forward pursuing a number of exciting hypothesis and research efforts of which I'd been heretofore unaware. Sprinkled throughout the talk are an abundance of genuinely worthwhile concepts and lines of inquiry I found highly compelling.
The downside is the author/speaker's style, which sounds like nothing so much as a 7th graders unrelenting run-on sentence, the totality of which is intended as his first blackboard presentation in science class. I winced and groaned as the good doctor droned from unrestrained, apparently totally unrecognized self-congratulations to comically absurd total non-sequiturs presented as stunning revelations. all elocuted with a nails-on-chalkboard style of a breathless dillettante with a limited vocabulary practiced only on a hapless younger sibling immobilized by two broken legs, arms, and a full body cast. I shuddered my way through thanks to those frequent nuggets I found so compelling and uncurled from my fetal position with a long list of hard-won topics for study. I must say I found myself, at the last, liking this man for his sheer enthusiasm but hoping for a voice coach next time. Please.
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)
As a PhD myself and working as I am in the field of cell biology, I have to say that this is the worst book I've ever finished. And I did so only to try to measure how far the author would go with the nonsense.
He misleads the readers (listeners) with a few scientific facts, overextending outrageously the implications and presenting them in a way that makes it as if he were in a noble crusade against the evil establishment of science.
He shows an alarming lack of understanding in the biology of the cell membrane, signal transduction and epigenetics while presenting them as if he were his sole discoverer. These are in fact current topics of research as any serious scientist in these fields can attest, and are not taboo or dogmatic truths as he seems to think.
The conclusions he draws from his (very) basic experiments and "revolutionary" thinking are enough to make any real scientist feel dirty just by reading them. No peer reviewed journal would ever publish something like this, and not because they are part of a conspiracy, but because it makes no sense and can't stand up to scrutiny.
It's as if in trying to explain gravitation he comes to the theory that it's invisible goblins that pull things downwards, and then as proof he drops a stone and says "see, those were the invisible goblins in action", yes the facts match the theory, but that doesn't make it correct.
There is no need for far fetched theories, all is needed is careful honest research in this complex field, but it seems that's something Mr. Lipton can't be bothered with.
When I bought this book, I was looking for some passionate scientific news. Well, I got the passionate - Liptons talks quite emphatically about all the new revelations he has experienced in science and his way of relating that science to his inner life. Now, I love stuff like this, but it was way too much fluff or basic high school biology and too little story about the really cool, cutting edge stuff he touches. He speaks like every little thing he is saying is a revelation, which is quite annoying to me, as someone well versed in science. I'm amazed I got through this book. There were two scientific tidbits that were revelations and that I quite enjoyed learning, but man, what a lot to slog through to get those!
I wish the author the best in his science and his talks, but definitely the style was not for me!
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.
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.
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 not a book for the gullible but it is thought provoking. I read it as one persons honest attempt to explain reality and the human condition. Orthodox scientific believers will be offended by it's leaps of imagination. If you believe that the search for truth can only be pursued within the bounds of our current scientific conventions you will be probably feel threatened. The scientific method is crucial in the search for answers about the nature of reality and the technology that enables us to look inside a living cell could not exist without it. But all the science in the world, past , present or future cannot address the fundamental questions without the power of the human imagination. This book deserves to be read.
"This is an insight into science at its peak"
This is ground breaking science as a researcher I identify with his methods, too flexible for some who like to think of the world as flat or rigid, this book will give your ideology and world view a workout. Dont read it if you are rigid and do not understand that science is imagination and creativity. Einstein would visualize what it was like to travel on a sunbeam at speed of light and this book helps you visualize the life of the cell. If your veiw of science is not developed enough you will believe that we scientists just see the world as rigid laws and think we understand how everything works. Wake up to how scientists really think. Creatively, imaginatively and a little bit flawed. Dont believe everything but listen to his ideas and develop your own theories. My rating excellent. Graduate level thought brought to man in street.
"Wow a must purchase"
Providing hours of juicy cutting edge knowledge proving through years of research we are not a victim of our genes but rather as energy beings we are conscious creators of our lives and demonstrates how we have the ability to change our genetic coding.
The narration is upbeat and lively as well as being very clear and logical.
I would highly recommend.
It always amazes me how people stuck in thought processes are unwilling to accept new information...similar to religion. The first reviewer demonstrates this perfectly.
Bruce Lipton was a cell biologist for 30 years and began to discover cell behaviour that couldn't be explained through existing notions of newtonian science. He was a medical professor who began feeling very unconfortable teaching his medical students information which he found to be flawed through his own studies and had to leave because of it. He is no madman with wild ideas based on nothing.
I found this book fantastic and really does begin to bridge the gap between science and spirituality. Would highly recommend along with 'the field' and 'the holographic universe'
I got this book thinking it would be a interesting tale of how our DNA has evolved over the millennia. What I found was a load of religious nonsense. Leaving me wondering why this book was in the non-fiction section in the first place?
Do not buy this book if you like science or evidence based facts.
I have listened to this three times now. I am not a scientist. Four decades ago I was compelled to take Biology, Physics and Chemistry at school. Teacher after teacher mercilessly hammered the point that these subjects were dull, lacking in creativity, imagination, insight and above all - no 'classical' experiment we copied ever replicated the 'correct' results. However much I wished to cheer for the trail-blazing scientists who featured in my History and Philosophy lessons, actual laboratory outcome after outcome was just so much garbage. Little wonder that for every scientist who sticks their head above the parapet and makes a statement, 600 rent-a-gobs can be hired to 'prove' otherwise. I don't pretend to understand most of what he says, but Bruce Lipton speaks with enthusiasm (real passion) and integrity about something that affects us all. I loved every minute of it. Indeed, at no time did it sound scripted, academic or authoritative (in a detrimental sense). We're told we each have trillions of cells. I would encourage everyone to hear what Bruce Lipton has to say about them.
DEFINITELY A MUST READ BOOK!!! Explain many important things very clearly. Lots of background information. You may disagree with a couple of things but it will make you THINK AND UNDERSTAND MANY THINGS. WELL DONE DR. BRUCE LIPTON!!!!
Bruce Lipton is a fantastic author and he has the genius to make easy to understand to everyone very complex scientific concepts.
the author brings logic, rationality and science into meeting with the reality of being human beings
Probably the best book I listened to this year.
"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!
I find pleasure in opening my mind to fresh ideas in an endeavour to understand life from different perspectives.
Bruce Lipton has certainly inspired new trains of thought for me and has opened up an endless range of possibilites to consider.
If you are of an open and enquiring mind then you are likely to enjoy this very much, in which case.... Listen and make your own mind up.
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