Sunday, October 10, 2010

Biocentrism



This is one of those books that makes your brain stretch, flex, and yes, even hurt at times. Written by Robert Lanza, MD, one of the most respected scientists in the world, and Bob Berman, world-renowned astronomer, together, these brainiacs attempt to prove that consciousness creates reality. In other words - reality doesn't exist outside of our minds, consciousness (life) creates the Universe. Thanks goodness for that difficult class on Perception I had in college, or this book might have been more difficult for me to understand. That class taught me, above all else, that what we see, what we hear, is actually being constructed in the brain. Light in varying wavelengths enters the pupil, reacts with the rods and cones and sends signals to the back of our brains where we actually see. Yes, we see everything in the back of our heads.

They argue that time and space are only constructs. Our way of making sense of events in our lives. Biocentrism involves the science of the brain, especially neurobiology. It also has some similarities to some of the tenets of Eastern Religions, however it is not a book about religion. Rather, it is a book on the science of who and what we are. Add to that the possibility that a single consciousness pervades everything (solipsism), and you have a book well worth reading.

This book would appeal to anyone interested in the science of consciousness, physics, biology, astronomy, and the nature of mankind. It is worth your time and energy. We are on the precipice of a great understanding that will rock our world as we know it. There is no doubt that these writers will be standing in the forefront.

21 comments:

DJan said...

I read this book and was very impressed by it. I continue to read Lanza's columns on the Huffington Post, which he uses to clarify some of the more difficult concepts. I was quite moved by several of them. Thanks for the book review.

Nancy said...

DJan - I'll have to follow him on Huffington, thanks for the tip.

Brian Miller said...

intriguing stuff...and it has Djan's endorcement as well...adding it to the read list...

susan said...

The implication that we are creating the universe as we discover it is wonderful. Reading this book can be a life changing experience that forces us to re-examine the notion of life, death, and everything that falls in between the two.

You know I give it a five thumbs up. What? Maybe I'd better see who else is here.

Nancy said...

Brian - It's worth the brain power.

Susan - You recommended the book to me. Thanks for the book tip!

ellen abbott said...

The world is as it is because we all co-create it, we agree that this is what our stage will look like as we act out the plays of our lives.

It's been a while since I read anything that delved into the nature of the universe. I'll see if I can find it.

ρομπερτ said...

Reads like a challenge for the sense of sight and thought, yet probably way too alluring not to try.
Thank you as well for the introduction to a type of book I usually wouldn't have found.

Please have a good start into the new week.

daily athens

Gaia said...

Oh no, I am interested in all that you mentioned, but I'm afraid I might get lost in that book. But I'll go check it out in the library and see where it takes me. haha :)

Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

The book is fantastic and important. It's infinitely readable, too, even to non-scientists. The authors also write with a great sense of humor. Imagine. It's all consciousness.

luksky said...

Makes sense to me!! After reading your recommended Holographic Universe I think I will picking this one up too. :-) I find it all so intriguing and a relief that we are controling our own destinies.

Jayne Martin said...

I haven't seen him on HuffPo. I'll have to look. These theories make sense to me even if I don't understand them. At a gut level, they just feel right.

Nancy said...

Ellen - I absolutely agree.

Robert - I think you might like it.

Gaia - I think I overdid the difficulty of this book. It is not as hard as I made it out to be. Check it out for yourself. :-)

Trish & Rob - It is absolutely readable - even to non-scientists, you're right, I exaggerated the difficulty. I agree with the importance of this book. It's all in our head...

Nancy said...

luksky - I think you might find some similarities in the books. We need to start a book club.

Jayne - It does to me, too.

Hilary said...

Thanks for the info. It sounds like a very interesting read. I've snatched a copy of the jpeg as a reminder.

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Maybe I need to try this one. Always worry I'm not smart enough for the books you read.

I'll look on Huffington, too.

otin said...

You would think that with the amount that I write that I would read a little. It doesn't happen!

Marguerite said...

Sounds like another interesting book that I would like to check out. I totally believe that we create our own realities through our thoughts and consciousness. Another book that illustrates this concept well, is "The Secret", by Rhonda Byrne, and a much older book, "The Science of Getting Rich", by Wallace Wattles.

Deborah said...

Nancy, this does sound really interesting - well, more than just that, actually. Your reference to solipsism made me look further as I had never really understood what that meant. And frankly, although I've now read several definitions of it, I still don't understand!

That might be because it just doesn't exist, out of my own mind...:)

Grandma's scrapbook said...

Thank you for this excellent post.Thanks for the book review.And as said Ellen Abbott, "The world is as it is because we all co-create it, we agree that this is what our stage will look like as we act out the plays of our lives."
All the best wishes to you Grandma's scrapbook

Reya Mellicker said...

Hmm what came first, the chicken or the egg?

It does sound like a really interesting book. Thanks for the review!

LoneSome Last Minutes Man said...

I HOPE I CAN READ THE BOOK TOO ITS SOUND PHYLOSOPHICAL....DEFINITELY MY INTEREST