The word Biocentrism has been coined by Robert Lanza, the author, to encapsulate a new perspective on the creation of the universe. It is a very readable science book for those who long to try to tie up the loose ends in the story of life, the universe and everything in between. There are only a certain number of people who want to have a big picture framework in which to set things. The danger of not doing so is to go off down a side street and think that it is the main road, and that the corner shop is the main shopping centre of the town.
Biocentrism is the story of Robert Lanza’s own quest to tie up the loose end in scientific thinking. He does this through sharing his own, quite remarkable, and the opportunities he had to work with some particularly brilliant minds.
I found the personal side of the story helped to water down what could have been a very heavy read. It certainly took some concentration to keep up with some of the scientific theories. The description of the experiments also helped to make clear what the whole book was building up to – a new view of how everything came into being that consciousness is the precursor of matter, and therefore that all matter is the expression of what consciousness could conceive.
By turning conventional thinking on its head he makes simple sense out of the unanswered riddles of science … of course all the parameters for life on this planet, which are statistically inexplicable are thus considering it was living consciousness that conceived them. This is based on the logic of if a tree falls in the forest and no-one is there to hear it …it does not make a sound.
I enjoyed the book for opening up the inexplicable experiments of science and for presenting an idea that could finally reconcile science and religion, in the form of consciousness. It seems that so many who have rejected the religion of their parents still talk about Life, Nature, the Universe, etc as an external consciousness. The irony for me is that it may be taking all of humanity, with all our diverse beliefs, coming together like a giant jigsaw to bring this consciousness into better focus. It also requires all sentient beings to be respected as having contributed their part in the formation of this planet as it currently is and that sustainable stability requires the acknowledgement of their right to exist.
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