• 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
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (961 ratings)

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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 relationships 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, 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. In this new paradigm, life is not just an accidental byproduct of the laws of physics. Biocentrism takes the listener 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 shatters the listener's ideas of life, time and space, and even death. At the same time, it releases us from the dull worldview that life is merely the activity of an admixture of carbon and a few other elements; it suggests the exhilarating possibility that life is fundamentally immortal. Biocentrism awakens a new sense of possibility and is full of so many shocking new perspectives that the listener will never see reality the same way again.

©2009 Robert Lanza and Bob Berman (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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Absolutely wonderful, beautiful and exciting!!!!!!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The narration was exceptional, the theories were practically heartwarming and the outlook quite bright!!!!

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EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS

F**cking Outstanding !
I enjoyed the time spent being able to sit back in meditation and listen to the Wisdom within this book. I am definitely more equipped now to handle conversations with the subjects of Creation, scientific theories, and philosophy. Both basic and advanced concepts 💡 explained. Hallelujah !
הללויה !

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The Copenhagen Interpretation Resurrected

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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Mystical hogwash, but I loved it.

The book explains the paradoxes in physics more succinctly than any other I've come across. Even for the listener who hasn't heard them before, this very short book makes them understandable.

The author's brief biographical sketch about his youth and his sister are very moving and well worth listening to the book alone.

I don't agree with his theory that consciousness creates reality, but when he's writing those parts of the book he's writing like a poet and it flows perfectly.

He writes and explains so well that if the Imp of the Perverse gets on my shoulder at a party, I'd feel perfectly comfortable bringing up the points he lays out in the book and defending them as real while knowing all along that it's just pseudoscience.

It's easy to develop a pseudoscience while merging a theory of consciousness (I'd recommend "Who's in Charge" for a good book on consciousness) with the mysterious of physics (entanglement, double slit experiment, superposition, Copenhagen interruption and so on).

I enjoyed the book because it was so well written (and read). This book just goes to show one can reject the main theme but still learn a lot and be entertained.


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Awesome integration of ideas to bridge science gap

So the author uses personal stories in his narrative. It makes the delivery more tangible and human. Lanza's struggles and tragedies, not doubt, fuel his search for bridging the gaps in physics (science), spirituality and the nature of self.


His work is well grounded in the scientific method (observation) and well researched. He directly attacks ideas such as "string theory" as questionable science because it relies on obtuse math. He doesn't say "string theory" is wrong, merely that modern physics uses very sloppy grounding for its assertions.

The book is a fantastic "whack up the side of my head". Consciousness has no explanation in physics. That does not mean science is bunk, but merely that we have no tools to account for consciousness. His book presents the idea that biology (life itself) defines the Universe and not the other way around.


Seen this way, then the human spiritual understanding of consciousness and the scientific method of observation are on a path to converge.

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Biolology, Physics with Insight and Courage

This is an extraordinary book for those individuals with the intellectual skills required to analyze Dr. Lanza???s and Dr. Berman's theories, in a logical and open minded fashion. I would strongly urge you to first read the book Quantum Enigma by the physicists, Bruce Rosenblum Phd and Fred Kuttner Phd, PRIOR to reading Biocentrism, as it will give you a grounded NO-nonsense description of the ???quantum strangeness??? in physics that Dr. Lanza and Dr. Berman are discribing their book. I especially want to complement Dr. Lanza for his courage in sharing the "emotionally difficult" stories from his personal life. Both Dr. Lanza and Dr. Berman are highly respected scientists which lends great credabilty to their theories expounded in Biocentrism.

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Interesting possibilities

If you have a basic understanding of quantum theory, no one completely understands it, this book presents ideas that will make you rethink your concept of what we have be taught about our world and how our conscious mind perceives it.

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Blew my mind

very informative. The book gathers the relevant information gracefully and leads you to the authors conclusions gently.

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Great listen

Good read. Puts science to many intangibles. Connects the dots between physical and conscious worlds.

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Ones of me all time favorite science books

Biology, not physics, holds the key to understanding and developing a grand unified theory of everything, and consciousness may be the missing piece to the puzzle

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