Beyond Biocentrism

Beyond Biocentrism

Rethinking Time, Space, Consciousness, and the Illusion of Death

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Biocentrism shocked the world with a radical rethinking of the nature of reality.

But that was just the beginning.

In Beyond Biocentrism , acclaimed biologist Robert Lanza, one of TIME Magazine's "100 Most Influential People in 2014," and leading astronomer Bob Berman, take the reader on an intellectual thrill-ride as they re-examine everything we thought we knew about life, death, the universe, and the nature of reality itself.

The first step is acknowledging that our existing model of reality is looking increasingly creaky in the face of recent scientific discoveries. Science tells us with some precision that the universe is 26.8 percent dark matter, 68.3 percent dark energy, and only 4.9 percent ordinary matter, but must confess that it doesn't really know what dark matter is and knows even less about dark energy. Science is increasingly pointing toward an infinite universe but has no ability to explain what that really means. Concepts such as time, space, and even causality are increasingly being demonstrated as meaningless.

All of science is based on information passing through our consciousness but science hasn't the foggiest idea what consciousness is, and it can't explain the linkage between subatomic states and observation by conscious observers. Science describes life as an random occurrence in a dead universe but has no real understanding of how life began or why the universe appears to be exquisitely designed for the emergence of life.

The biocentrism theory isn't a rejection of science. Quite the opposite. Biocentrism challenges us to fully accept the implications of the latest scientific findings in fields ranging from plant biology and cosmology to quantum entanglement and consciousness.

By listening to what the science is telling us, it becomes increasingly clear that life and consciousness are fundamental to any true understanding of the universe. This forces a fundamental rethinking of everything we thought we knew about life, death, and our place in the universe.
Publisher: Dallas, TX :, BenBella Books, Inc.,, [2016]
ISBN: 9781942952213
Branch Call Number: 523.1 Lanza 2016
Characteristics: x, 213 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Berman, Bob

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Oct 17, 2017

Real science or New Age mumbo jumbo? This book is both! The first half is an excellent and very readable overview of quantum physics and its implications for how we perceive the world. Simplistically: matter exists in probabilistic wave functions until it's observed, which is when the wave function collapses and it becomes something that we sense as photons of specific wavelengths, sound waves, heat, surfaces, etc. The universe is therefore a construct of our consciousness. The book also discusses entanglement - where entangled particles will change simultaneously across vast distances, thus violating the law that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light. So far so good. The book then makes vast leaps to explain that there is no time or space, plants have consciousness and that death is an illusion. Regardless, the book is worth reading as it will make you look at "reality" in a different way.

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