S. Kozlowski

Washington DC
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  • Biocentrism

  • How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to the True Nature of the Universe
  • By: Robert Lanza, Bob Berman
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
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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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mystical hogwash, but I loved it.

  • By Gary on 08-08-12

The Copenhagen Interpretation Resurrected

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-09

This is a fascinating book which posits that if we accept the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics on face value, a new understanding of the world is possible.

Lanza marries physics with Biology to produce a scientifically grounded world-view which he calls Biocentrism. In a nutshell, the theory states that the world doesn't exist in actuality until we observe it AND since all observation takes place inside the human brain, reality is wholly a construct of human consciousness. While this sounds somewhat audacious on the it's face, there is some extremely good science behind Lanza's amazingly understandable argument and the author presents his case in a manner which is accessible to all. Even if you don't have any previous knowledge of quantum weirdness, this book is comprehendible and, if for no other reason, this makes the book useful.

If you ever wanted to understand the basic strangeness of the quantum world but felt daunted by the scope of the task, read this book and it will make sense to you. If you are initiated into such subject matter and you've started to wonder why there's been no fundamental break throughs in our understanding of the world since the first half of the 20th century, read this book. It's possible that science has been speeding down the wrong track for 75 years because scientists refused to accept what physics experiments were telling them at face value.

Whether the theory of Biocentrism is actually right, wrong or somewhere in between, it's a fascinating and thought provoking read.

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