Biocentrism is a compelling alternate concept of how the universe works. It was developed by American physician/neuro-scientist, Dr. Robert Lanza.
Lanza is hardly a crackpot. His day job is focused on stem cell research. He is one of the world’s leading innovators in the bio-technology of growing new limbs, reversing paralysis, and extending lifespan.
|Dr. Robert Lanza|
Biocentrism provides a living context that seems to fit very nicely with what we know or believe about cosmology and the laws of physics. All that stuff that’s been discovered by blasting atoms apart in machines like CERN’s large hadron collider fits with Lanza’s theory.
Here are the basic principles of biocentrism as illuminated by the wikipedia entry on that subject…
- What we perceive as reality is a process that involves our consciousness. An “external” reality, if it existed, would by definition have to exist in space. But this is meaningless, because space and time are not absolute realities but rather tools of the human and animal mind.
- Our external and internal perceptions are inextricably intertwined. They are different sides of the same coin and cannot be divorced from one another.
- The behavior of subatomic particles, indeed all particles and objects, is inextricably linked to the presence of an observer. Without the presence of a conscious observer, they at best exist in an undetermined state of probability waves.
- Without consciousness, “matter” dwells in an undetermined state of probability. Any universe that could have preceded consciousness only existed in a probability state.
- The structure of the universe is explainable only through biocentrism. The universe is fine-tuned for life, which makes perfect sense as life creates the universe, not the other way around. The “universe” is simply the complete spatio-temporal logic of the self.
- Time does not have a real existence outside of animal-sense perception. It is the process by which we perceive changes in the universe.
- Space, like time, is not an object or a thing. Space is another form of our animal understanding and does not have an independent reality. We carry space and time around with us like turtles with shells. Thus, there is no absolute self-existing matrix in which physical events occur independent of life.
Wow. Now, this is fun to think about. Here is something we know. No scientist has ever come close to understanding what consciousness is. It’s far more elusive than the Higgs boson. Lanza’s biocentrism accounts for consciousness and the Higgs boson.
There doesn’t seem to be any incompatibility between Rupert Sheldrake’s theory of morphogenesis and Robert Lanza’s biocentrism. They appear to be part of the same way of looking at physical reality.
Traditionalists in the academic world of physics dismss Lanza, just as they dismss Sheldrake’s ideas. But according to Wikipedia, more than a few scientists view biocentrism as does Richard Conn Henry, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University. Henry points out that Lanza’s theory is consistent with quantum mechanics: “What Lanza says in this book is not new. Then why does he have to say it at all? It is because we, the physicists, do NOT say it––or if we do say it, we only whisper it, and in private––furiously blushing as we mouth the words. True, yes; politically correct, hell no!”
Biocentrism seems to consider consciousness and individuality to be something other than a physical phemomena. Because of that, Lanza raises the possibility that when a human body expires, the ‘person’ or node of consciousness linked to that body may live on, perhaps reanimated in some other living form. Isn’t that a lovely thought. That alone makes biocentrism a big idea we might want to invest in, at least a little.
Here is a link to Robert Lanza’s webpage. http://www.robertlanza.com/biocentrism-how-life-and-consciousness-are-the-keys-to-understanding-the-true-nature-of-the-universe/