Robert Lanza is one of the most respected scientists in the world--a "US News & World Report" cover story called him a "genius" and a "renegade thinker," even likening him to Einstein. 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. The whole of Western, natural philosophy is undergoing a sea change again, increasingly being forced upon us by the experimental findings of quantum theory, and at the same time, towards doubt and uncertainty in the 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 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. "Biocentrism" will shatter the reader's ideas of life--time and space, and even death. 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.
About the Author
Robert Lanza "Robert Lanza was taken under the wing of scientific giants such as psychologist B.F. Skinner, immunologist Jonas Salk, and heart transplant pioneer Christiaan Barnard. His mentors described him as a 'genius, ' a 'renegade thinker, ' even likening him to Einstein himself." --"US News & World Report" cover story Robert Lanza has been exploring the frontiers of science for more than four decades, and is considered one of the leading scientists in the world. He is currently Chief Scientific Officer at Advanced Cell Technology, and Adjunct Professor at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He has several hundred publications and inventions, and 20 scientific books, among them, "Principles of Tissue Engineering," which is recognized as the definitive reference in the field. Others include "One World: The Health & Survival of the Human Species in the 21st Century" (with a foreword by President Jimmy Carter), and the "Handbook of Stem Cells and Essentials of Stem Cell Biology," which are considered the definitive references in stem cell research. Dr. Lanza received his B.A. and M.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was both a University Scholar and Benjamin Franklin Scholar. He was also a Fulbright Scholar, and was part of the team that cloned the world's first human embryo, as well as the first to clone an endangered species, to demonstrate that nuclear transfer could reverse the aging process, and to generate stem cells using a method that does not require the destruction of human embryos. Dr. Lanza was awarded the 2005 Rave Award for Medicine by "Wired" magazine, and received the 2006 "All Star" Award for Biotechnology by Mass High Tech. Dr. Lanza and his research have been featured in almost every media outlet in the world, including all the major television networks, CNN, "Time, Newsweek, People" magazine, as well as the front pages of the "New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, " and "USA Today," among others. Lanza has worked with some of the greatest thinkers of our time, including Nobel Laureates Gerald Edelman and Rodney Porter. Lanza worked closely with B.F. Skinner at Harvard University. Lanza and Skinner (the "Father of Modern Behaviorism") published a number of scientific papers together. He has also worked with Jonas Salk (discoverer of the polio vaccine) and heart transplant pioneer Christiaan Barnard. Bob Berman "this is a fascinating guy" --David Letterman "fasten your seatbelts and hold on tight" --"Astronomy" magazine Bob Berman is the most widely read astronomer in the world. Author of more than one thousand published articles, in publications such as "Discover" and "Astronomy" magazine, where he is a monthly columnist, he is also astronomy editor of "The Old Farmer's Almanac" and the author of four books. He is adjunct professor of astronomy at Marymount College, and writes and produces a weekly show on Northeast Public Radio, aired during NPR's Weekend Edition.
"I found the attack on physics to be pretty compelling ... Lanza's theories [are] certainly worth debate." --"Houston Chronicle"'s Eric Berger, SciGuy blog "What makes this book both interesting and worth the effort of reading it; is the unique perspective Lanza brings to the subject matter as a physician. ... From the way [Lanza] chooses to present his arguments, it's clear he has a solid grasp of esoteric disciplines like quantum theory, special relativity and particle physics. And what makes his presentation more compelling than other efforts I've encountered is his ability and willingness to weave personal experience into the thoughts and ideas presented. His style is conversational and warm which tends to pull you along through the exposition gently. And his sense of wonder and befuddlement at shop worn enigmas like the double slit experiment, Bell's theorem, non-locality and Schrodinger's cat is as infectious as it is delightful ... I very much like what Lanza has to say in "Biocentrism."" --"Midwest Book Review" Endorsements for Robert Lanza's essay on which "Biocentrism" is based: "For several days now I have read and reread your article and thought about it. Like 'a brief history of time' it is indeed stimulating and brings biology into the whole. Any short statement does not do justice to such a scholarly work. Almost every society of mankind has explained the mystery of our surroundings and being by invoking a god or group of gods. Scientists work to acquire objective answers from the infinity of space or the inner machinery of the atom. Lanza proposes a biocentrist theory which ascribes the answer to the observer rather than the observed. The work is a scholarly consideration of science and philosophy that brings biology into the central role in unifying the whole. The book will appeal to an audience of many different disciplines because it is a new way of looking at the old problem of our existence. Most importantly, it makes you
There are a lot of atheists fundamentalists giving this book 1 star. It does demonstrate that they suffer from the same rigidity of thought that they criticize. How can they be so sure that they are right and that the authors interpretation of the findings in Quantum Physics is so wrong?
They can't , it is merely THEIR subjective interpretation and has no more weight than the author.
The trouble with this world is that there are too many people trying to enforce their belief system on others. Diversity of thought and belief is a good and healthy characteristic.
Progressive civilization encourages such diversity, fundamentalist cults either of science or religion, crush intellectual vitality and innovation. Look at the Middle-East, they are poor, IN PART, for this very reason.
Additionally, do not deny people's desire for the spiritual, a sense of mystery is a wonderful emotion and gives a deep joy to existence. The feeble science of Dawkins will never replace this awe or this desire for a connection, it is a essential and deep human characteristic.
However materialism and commercialism and it's superficiality has in many advanced nations, led to an alienation from this deeper side of existence.
A human without a sense of awe, is only half a human, a breathing automaton stumbling through life without true appreciation of existence. To have this awe, this deep respect of the Universe, can act as an anchor when materialistic shallow desires fail.
This book is not only intuitive and intelligent but provides a logical basis for such awe and based on some interesting experiments it is probably closer to the truth than conventional scientific bores without intuition, flexibility and imagination like Dawkins.
AN EXCELLENT READ
( When I say feeble science , I am being relative in my assessment. True, science is very poweriful in providing tools, but the term feeble is in reference to the deepest mysteries of existance, I say this because it cannot explain the genesis of life, what consciousness is, the origins of the laws of Physics and Chemistry , the Goldilocks characteristic of the Universe's fundamental forces and very interesting experiments with random number generators which show, for those who have the intelligence to see , that the mind and it's interaction with matter are very special.
It's imperfect nature is also shown in it's poor understanding and predictive ability in such complex systems as the human mind, economics and the weather. Plus the world was left in shock when workers at the world's largest physics lab announced they had recorded subatomic particles travelling faster than the speed of light . Which goes to shown that if true, one of the most cherished assumptions in physics since Einstein may be wrong.)
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