View Larger Image. Synopsis: The quantum theory has changed Western philosophy, casting doubt on explanations of the universe's genesis and structure. Biocentrism completes this shift in worldview that life ultimately reduces to physics. In its place it offers the revolutionary view that biology is primary, that life creates the universe, not the other way around.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Biocentrismo by Robert Lanza. Biocentrismo by Robert Lanza. Lanza has teamed with Bob Berman, the most widely read astronomer in the world, to produce Biocentrism , a revolutionary new view of the universe.
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 relationship with the world. For most humans of the 15th century, the notion of Earth as ball of rock was nonsense. 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 paradigm, life is not an accidental byproduct of the laws of physics. Biocentrism takes the reader 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.
At the same time it will release us from the dull worldview of life being merely the activity of an admixture of carbon and a few other elements; it suggests the exhilarating possibility that life is fundamentally immortal. The 21st century is predicted to be the Century of Biology, a shift from the previous century dominated by physics.
It seems fitting, then, to begin the century by turning the universe outside-in and unifying the foundations of science with a simple idea discovered by one of the leading life-scientists of our age.
Biocentrism awakens in readers a new sense of possibility, and is full of so many shocking new perspectives that the reader will never see reality the same way again. Get A Copy. Published by Editorial Sirio first published April 14th More Details Original Title.
Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Biocentrismo , please sign up. Is it probable a general reader can understand this book, or is a background in physics recommended? Savoul Pelister General Reader will be able to understand, though basic knowledge in science will help. Where's the biology? If this thesis is supposed to make biology fundamental, can someone tell me how actual biology has - or even could have - a place in this mix of concepts from physics and philosophical idealism?
Layla I'm not sure whether it's biology that is supposed to answer the 'big' questions as opposed to consciousness which, can be, I suppose, a question for …more I'm not sure whether it's biology that is supposed to answer the 'big' questions as opposed to consciousness which, can be, I suppose, a question for biologists and neuroscientists.
See all 4 questions about Biocentrismo…. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Biocentrismo. But I zipped right through this book which leads me to believe that I am already on the path, or I totally don't get it. The book quotes a Zen saying, "Name the color, blind the eye," and perhaps putting a label to consciousness does the same to awareness.
But the book addresses questions I have now. What was there before the Big Bang? What is the universe expanding into? Quantum physics doesn't answer. The answer cannot be nothing, because nothing is not model-based reality.
In waves or strings, or M-theory, or vintage jacquard ribbon? Superposition experiments now underway might reveal something. But what if, the authors of Biocentrism query, what if consciousness is what created it all?
Suppose that external and internal are just language distinctions. Suppose time and space are constructs of our consciousness? View all 9 comments. Bryan Miller. Shelves: science , science-biology , philosophy , hinduism , science-physics , new-age , buddhism , library-public. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I read this book at the prompting of a friend from a church I frequent. He is an emeritus professor of biology who recommended this book to me by way of answering my question about how he reconciles science, specifically neo-Darwinian evolution, with his liberal Anabaptist Christian theology.
I'm not sure I'm satisfied with that answer. Anyhow, here is the spoiler, all Lanza's "Principle of Biocentrism" spelled out as on pp. An "external" reality, if it existed, would—by definition—have to exist in space. But this is meaningless, because space and time are not absolute realities but rather tools of the human and animal mind.
Second Principle of Biocentrism: Our external and internal perceptions are inextricably intertwined. They are different sides of the same coin and cannot be divorced from one another.
Third Principle of Biocentrism: The behavior of subatomics particles—indeed all particles and objects—are inextricably linked to the presence of an observer. Without the presence of a conscious observer, they at best exist in an undetermined state of probability waves. Fourth Principle of Biocentrism: Without consciousness, "matter" dwells in a undetermined state of probability.
Any universe that could have preceded consciousness only existed in a probability state. Fifth Principle of Biocentrism: The structure of the universe is explainable only through biocentrism. The universe is fine-tuned for life, which makes perfect sense as life creates the universe, not the other way around.
The "universe" is simply the complete spatio-temporal logic of the self. Sixth Principle of Biocentrism: Time does not have a real existence outside of animal-sense perception. It is the process by which we perceived changes in the universe. Seventh Principle of Biocentrism: Space, like time, is not an object or a thing. Space is another form of our animal understanding and does not have an independent reality.
We carry space and time around with us like turtles with shells. Thus, there is no absolute self-existing matrix in which physical events occur independent of life.
While I wouldn't go so far as to call the book's thesis "baloney" as has another reviewer mainly because I am agnostic about the nature of reality and the ability of talking monkeys to encapsulate it, either in ink squiggles on a page or through small mouth noises I would definitely agree that this book fails to make a persuasive case for a thesis that is, to put it mildly, counterintuitive.
I now know that Lanza's dad was a gambler, that his sister became a mentally ill drug addict, that Lanza had many brushes with greatness as a young man he even makes a comment about the value of name-dropping!
One doesn't exist without the other. What this means is that when we do not look at the Moon the Moon effectively vanishes—which, subjectively, is obvious enough. If we still think of the Moon and believe that it's out there orbiting the Earth, or accept that other people are probably watching it, all such thoughts are mental constructs.
The bottom-line issue here is if no consciousness existed at all, in what sense would the Moon persist, and in what form? A correlative reality encompasses everything, with only language providing separation between external and internal, between there and here. Is this matrix of neurons and atoms fashioned in an energy field of Mind? It is a rehashing of the same "quantum mysticism" that is popular with the New Age, paradigm-shifting crowds it is good to remember that there are multiple interpretations of quantum "weirdness" and thus that Lanza's isn't the only one.
It draws on similar insights as Robert Anton Wilson 's, and others', about how the mind is inextricably bound up with the world-as-perceived. It is a truism to say that reality as we know it is only possible through our mechanisms of knowing , and so I have no problem agreeing that any of our experiences are only experienced because we are alive and aware to experience them.
Any comment we can make about the "external" world is necessarily about our perceptions of that world, rather than the world-as-it-is. Questions about the absolute nature of a world separate from human consciousness of that world cannot be answered in any meaningful way, and as far as we know, because it is the only way we can know, "reality" arises as correlated subject and object, whatever that means.
Robert Lanza born 11 February is an American medical doctor , scientist and philosopher. Lanza was born in Boston, Massachusetts , and grew up south of there, in Stoughton , Massachusetts. Lanza "altered the genetics of chickens in his basement," and came to the attention of Harvard Medical School researchers when he appeared at the university with his results. Jonas Salk , B. Skinner , and Christiaan Barnard mentored Lanza over the next ten years.