(2009) by robert lanza [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Lanza]
Robert Lanza (born 11 February 1956) is an American medical doctor and scientist. He is currently Head of Astellas Global Regenerative Medicine, and is Chief Scientific Officer of the Astellas Institute for Regenerative Medicine and Adjunct Professor at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.
Lanza was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up south of there, in Stoughton, Massachusetts. Lanza “altered the genetics of chickens in his basement,” and came to the attention of Harvard Medical School researchers when he appeared at the university with his results. Jonas Salk, B. F. Skinner, and Christiaan Barnard [needs citation] mentored Lanza over the next ten years. Lanza attended the University of Pennsylvania, receiving BA and MD degrees. There, he was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar and a University Scholar. Lanza was also a Fulbright Scholar. He currently resides in Clinton, Massachusetts.
Stem cell research
Clinical trials for blindness
In 2007, Lanza’s article titled “A New Theory of the Universe” appeared in The American Scholar. The essay addressed Lanza’s idea of a biocentric universe, which places biology above the other sciences. Lanza’s book Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the Universe followed in 2009, co-written with Bob Berman. Reception for Lanza’s hypothesis has been mixed
Lanza has authored and co-edited books on topics involving tissue engineering, cloning, stem cells, regenerative medicine, and world health.
bob berman [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Berman]
Robert Berman, known as Bob Berman, is an American astronomer, author, and science popularizer. He runs Overlook Observatory in Woodstock, New York, USA. He was an adjunct professor of astronomy at the liberal arts college, Marymount Manhattan College, from 1996 to 2000 and has appeared on CBS This Morning, the Today Show, and the Late Show with David Letterman.
intro’d to book here via russell:
Russell Brand (@rustyrockets) tweeted at 6:59 AM – 3 Aug 2018 :
The book mentioned in this clip is called Biocentrism by @RobertLanza
You can get it here: https://t.co/kYpAQJxXy6 (http://twitter.com/rustyrockets/status/1025365589961990145?s=17)
Chatting with @JoeRogan about the mysteries of consciousness and the nature of reality… https://t.co/la9gi76dHs
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/rustyrockets/status/1025107970076672001
consciousness itself is the dominant force.. reality is only reality when you look at it.. book by robert lanza.. best breakdown.. reality is happening w/in own conscious.. not external.. it’s an interpretive reality.. ie: if we didn’t have smell.. couldn’t smell things.. so i believe there are streams of data for which we don’t have the instruments to perceive/receive.. and so we totally discount it
it turns out the big ban has no answer for one of the greatest mysteries in the universe: why is the universe exquisitely fine tuned to support life
the more data we gather the more we’ve had to juggle our theories or ignore findings that simply make no sense
so too.. we need to question the data.. black science of people/whales.. ie: is it legit or data from whales at sea world
this book proposes a new perspective: that our current theories of the physical world don’t work and can never be made to work, until they account for life and consciousness.. this book proposes.. that life and consciousness are absolutely fundamental to our understanding of the universe.. we call this new perspective biocentrism
perhaps it’s all 3.. and then some.. ie: a nother way short bit.. w it’s chem/phys/bio
1 – muddy universe
nothing in modern physics explains how a group of molecules in our brain create consciousness. the beauty fo a sunset, the miracle of falling in love, the taste of a delicious meal.. these are all mysteries to modern science..
there’s more. brilliant equations that accurately explain the vagaries of motion contradict observations about how things behave on the small scale.. (or, to affix the correct labels on it, einstein’s relativity is incompatible w quantum mechanics)..
when it comes right down to it.. today’s science is amazingly good at figuring out how the parts work. the clock ahs been taken apart.. and we can accurately count the number of teeth in each wheel and gear, and ascertain the rate at which the flywheel spins.. we do badly in just one area, which unfortunately encompasses all the bottom line issues: what is the nature of this thing we call reality, the universe as a whole..
rather .. mufleh humanity law: we have seen advances in every aspect of our lives except our humanity – Luma Mufleh
not for lack of effort/intelligence. it’s that the very underlying worldview is flawed..
but a solution lies w/in our grasp.. this is the underlying problem: we have ignored a critical component of the cosmos.. shunted it out of the way because we didnt’ know what to do w it.. this component is consciousness…
2 – in the beginning there was.. what?
tis view of the world in which life and consciousness are the bottom line in understanding the larger universe – biocentrism – revolves around the way a subjective experience, which we call consciousness, relates to a physical process
and therein lies the great expanse of our oversight, theat science has not confronted th one thing tha tis at once most familiar and most mysterious – conscious awareness..
today’s preoccupation w unprovable physical ‘theories of everything’ is a sacrilege to science itself, a strange detour from the purpose of the scientific method, whose bible has always decreed that we must question everything relentlessly and now worship what bacon called ‘the idols of the mind’
this is one of the central themes of biocentrism and this book: thae the animal observer creates reality and not the other way around…
3 – sound of a falling tree
this, according to simple science, is what occurs even when a brain ear mech is absent – a series of greater and less air pressure passages. tiny, rapid, puffs of wind. there is no sound attached to them…
if someone is nearby.. the air puffs physically cause the ear’s tympanic membrane (eardrum) to vibrate.. which stimulates nerves only if the air is pulsing between 20 and 20 000 times a second.. the pulses of air by themselves do not constitute any sort of sounds. 15 pulse air puffs remain silent no matter how many ears are present.. only when a specific range of pulses are present is the ear’s neural architecture designed to let human consciousness conjure the noise experiences.. in short, an observer, an ear, and a brain are every bit as necessary for the experience of sound as are the air pulses.. a tree that falls in an empty forest creates only silent air pulses.. tiny puffs of wind..
if someone dismissively answers ‘of course a tree makes a sound if no one’s nearby’ they are merely demonstrating their inability to ponder an event nobody attended.. they’re finding it too difficult to take themselves out of the equation.. they somehow continue to imagine themselves present when they are absent
there is no yellow light out there.. we are totally necessary for the experience of what we’d call a yellow flame.. again .. it’s correlative..
so too w touching something and thinking it’s solid
charges of same type repel each other, os the bark’s electrons repel yours, and you feel this electrical repulsive force stopping your fingers from penetrating any further.. nothing solid ever meets any other solids when you push on a tree.. the atoms in your fingers are each as empty as a vacant football stadium in which a single fly sits on the 50 yd line.. if we needed solids to stop us (rather than energy field) our fingers could easily penetrate the tree as if we were swiping at fog..
rainbows.. we are necessary.. when we’re not there.. no rainbows.. must be: sun, raindrops, and conscious eye
an eye brain system.. must be present to complete the geometry.. as real as the rainbow looks, it requires your presence just as much as it requires sun and rain..
i absence of anyone or animal.. it is easy to see tha no rainbow is present. or if you prefer. there are countless trillions of potential bows..
few dispute subjective nature of rainbows.. it is when we fully grasp that the sight of a skyscraper is just as dependent on the observer that we have made th first required leap to the true nature of things..
this leads us the first principle of biocentrism: what we perceive as reality is a process that involves our consciousness..
4 – lights and action
(how he happened to meet kuffler.. thinking he was a janitor .. while trying to meet someone like kuffler) – in the 1950s kuffler had perfected an idea the combined several medial disciplines, fusing elements of physiology, biochem, histology, anatomy and electron microscopy into a single group. his new name for the field: neurobiology.. harvard’s dept of neruobio was created in 1966 w kuffler as its chairman..
then i went back to harvard to work w the famed psychologist bf skinner several years later..
like emerson and thoreau – my youth was spent exploring the forested woods of massachusetts, which teemed w life.. i found that for each life, there was a universe, its own universe..
my earliest memories .. was venturing beyond the mown boundary of our backyard into the wild, overgrown region bordering the woods.. today, the world’s population is twice what it was then, but even now many kids undoubtedly still know where the known world ends and the wild, slightly spooky and dangerous, untame universe begins..
and their souls crave getting back to that
i felt on both an instinctive and intellectual level that it did not make sense for this place to exist if no one observed it..
as i pondered the larger existential questions about the nature of life, i began to intuit that there was something wrong w the static, objective reality i was being taught in school… the animals i observed had their own perceptions of the world, their own realities..
there is something more elusive to life than the succession of shapes and forms we see frozen int matter
5 – where is the universe
the visual image of that butter, that is, the butter itself, actually exists only inside your brain.. that is its location.. it is the only place visual images are perceived and cognized..
the image.. ok.. the actual butter..? wtf?
the challenge here is to peer not just behind habitual ways of thinking, but to go beyond some of the tools of the thinking process itself, to grasp the universe in away that is at the same time simpler and more demanding than that to which we are accustomed.. .. consciousness, like aspects of quantum theory involving entangled particles, may exist outside of time altogether..
control is a widely misunderstood concept
rather than.. self control.. brain and mind to operate all by itself.. w/o any need for external meddling by our thoughts.. which also incidentally occur by themselves.. so control.. too.. is largely an illusion.. as einstein put it ‘we can will ourselves to act, but we cannot will ourselves to will
ie’s .. and other experiments prove that the brain makes its own decision on a subconscious level, and people only later feel that ‘they’ h ave performed a conscious decision.. it means that we go thru life thinking that, unlike the blessedly autonomous operation of the heart and kidneys, a lever pulling ‘me’ is in charge of the brain’s workings.. libet concluded tha the sense of person al free will arises solely form a habitual retrospective perspective of the ongoing flow of brain events..
what dow e make of this.. first.. that we are truly free to enjoy the unfolding of life, including our own lives, unencumbered by the acquired, often guilt ridden sense of control, and the obsessive need to avoid messing up. we can relax, because we’ll automatically perform anyway
meadows undisturbed ecosystem
second.. a more to the point of this book and chapter, modern knowledge of the brain shows that what appears ‘out there’ is actually occurring w/in our own minds, w visual and tactile experiences located not in some external disconnected location that we have grown accustomed to regarding as being distant from our selves.. .. there is not true disconnect between external an internal.. .. we can label all cognition as an amalgam of our experiential selves and whatever energy field may pervade the cosmos..
second principle of biocentrism: our external and internal perceptions are inextricably intertwined. they are diff sides of the same coin and cannot be separated..
6 – bubbles in time
on his sister et al
7 – when tomorrow comes before yesterday
richard feynman: ‘i thin it is safe to say tha no one understands quantum mechanics. do not keep saying to yourself, if you can possibly avoid it, ‘but how can it be like that?” because you will go ‘down the drain’ int a blind alley from which nobody has yet escaped..
the reason scientists go ‘down the drain not a blind alley’ is that they refuse to accept the immediate and obvious implications of the experiments.. biocentrism is the *only humanly comprehensible explanation for how the world can be like that.. and we are unlikely to shed any tears when we leave the conventional ways of thinking. steven weinber: ‘it’s an unpleasant thing to bring people into the basic laws of physics’
*why say only..?
in order to account for why space and time are relative to the observer, einstein assigned tortuous math properties of the changing warpages of space-time, and invisible, intangible entity that cannot be seen or touched. although this was indeed successful in showing how objects move, esp in extreme conditions of strong gravity or fast motion, it resulted in many people assuming that space time is an actual entity, like cheddar cheese, rather than a math figment that serves the specific purpose of letting us calculate motions..
cheese..? wouldn’t you say that’s a non entity.. w/o the observer..?
who’s to say they’re not real.. to someone who has the means to observe them..?
just questions.. (am pretty much against measure ness et al)
space time was hardly the first time that math tools have been confused w tangible reality: the square root of minus one and the symbol for infinity are just two of the many math indispensable entities that exist only conceptually – neither has an analog in the physical universe..
the dichotomy between conceptual and physical reality continued w a vengeance w the advent of quantum mechanics…. some scientists still dismiss the observer as an inconvenience, a non entity..
einstein’s theory, events in space-time can be measured in relation to each other, but quantum mechanics calls greater attention to the nature of measurement itself, one that threatens the very bedrock of objectivity..
i’d say one that threatens the very bedrock of aliveness..
measuring things as killer
when studying subatomic particles, the observer appears to alter and determine what is perceived. the presence and methodology of the experimenter is hopelessly entangled w whatever he is attempting to observe and what results he gets..
pre quantum physicists, reasonably assuming an external, objective universe, expected to be able to determine the trajectory and position of individual particles w certainty.. the way we do we planets.. they assumed behavior of articles would be completely predictable.. if everything was known at the outset.. that there was no limit to the accuracy w which they could measure the physical properties .. given adequate tech
the experiments of the past decade truly seem to prove that einstein’s insistence on ‘locality’ – meaning that nothing can influence anything else at superluminal speeds – is wrong. rather, the entities we observe are floating in a field – a field of mind, biocentrism maintains – that is not limited by the external space-time einstein theorized a century ago
third principle of biocentrism: the behavior of subatomic particles – indeed all particles and objects – is inextricably linked to he presence of an observer. w/o the presence of a conscious observer, they at best exist in an undertermined state of probability waves
probability waves: a wave of probability isn’t an event or a phenom.. it is a description of the likelihood of an event or phenom occurring. nothing happens until the event is actually observed
8 – the most amazing experiment
fourth principle: w/o consciousness, ‘matter’ dwells in an undetermined state of probability. any universe that could have preceded consciousness only existed in a probability state..
9 – goldilocks’s universe
ralph waldo emerson: ‘wherever the life is (the world) bursts into appearance around it’
that’s why we need to stop measuring.. once we measure.. not alive..
the world appears to be designed for life.. scientists have discovered that the universe has a long list of traits that make it appear as if everything it contains .. was tailor made just for us.. many call this ‘goldilocks principle’.. ‘just right’..
3 explanations: 1\ god 2\ anthropic prinicple’s reasoning 3\ biocentrism…
fifth principle: the very structure of the universe is explainable *only thru 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
*dang.. that word ‘only’ again
10 – no time to lose
as irrelevant as it might first appear, the presence or absence of time is an important factor in any fundamental look into the nature of the cosmos
according to biocentrism, our sense of the forward motion of time is really only the result of an unreflective participation in a world of infinite activities and outcomes that only seems to result in a smooth, continuous path
scientifically, tim appears to be indispensable in just one area – thermodynamics, whose second law has no meaning at all w/o the passage of time. thermodynamics’ second law describes entropy (the process of going from greater to lesser structure, like the bottom of your clothes closet).. w/o time entropy cannot happen or even make sense..
this evolution away from structure and activity toward sameness, randomness, and inertness is entropy.. the process pervades the universe.. according to nearly all physicists, it will prevail cosmologically in the long run..
in classical science, entropy does not make sense w/o a directionality of time because it is a non reversible mech.. in fact, entropy defines the arrow of time. w/o entropy, time need not exist at all..
many physicists question this.. could just be demo of random action.. anything else is just human imposition of what we consider to be order
seen this way.. resultant entropy or loss of structure is only a loss in our own minds’ way of perceiving patterns and order.. and boom, there goes sciences’ final need for time as an actual entity..
at first it was assumed that such uncertainty in quantum theory practice was due to some tech insufficiency on the part fo the experimenter or his instruments, som lack of sophistication in the methodology. but is soon became apparent that the uncertainty is actually built in to the fabric of reality.. we see only that for which we are looking
momentum is the summation of many frames..
space as position locked in a single frame.. (thus movement thru space is an oxymoron)
people accept that time exists as a physical entity because we have invented those objects called clocks, which are simply more rhythmic and consistent than buds flowering or apples rotting.. in reality, what’s really happening is motion, pure and simple – and this motion is ultimately confined to the here and now..
the persistent human perception of time almost certainly stems from the chronic act of thinking,the one word at a time thought process by which ideas and events are visualized and anticipated.. in rare moments of clarity and mental emptiness. or when danger or novel experience forces a one pointed focus upon one’s consciousness,time vanishes, replaced by and ineffably enjoyable feeling of freedom, or the singular focus o f escaping an immediate peril.. time is never recognized normally in such thought less experiences.. ‘i saw the whole accident unfolding in slow motion’..
in sum, from a biocentric pov, time does not exist in the universe independent of life that notices it, and really doesn ‘truly exist w/in the context of life either..
sixth principle: time does ont have a real existence outside of animal sense perception. it is the process by which we perceive changes in the universe
11 – space out
we’ve all been taught that time and space exist, and their apparent reality is reinforced everyday of our lives..
all we need is time and space ness
time and space.. appear to encompass and bind all experiences.. fundamental to life..
it takes a radical shift of perspective for any of us to intuit that space and time belong solely to animal sense perception, because the implications are so startling..
yet we all instinctively know that space and time are not things.. that we can see, feel, taste, touch, smell.. there is a peculiar intangibility about them.. that is because time and space are neither physical nor fundamentally real.. they are conceptual.. so.. uniquely subjective.. they are modes of interpretation and understanding.. part of the mental logic.. the software
‘name the colors, blind the eye’ is an old zen saying, illustrating that the intellect’s habitual ways of branding and labeling creates a terrible experiential loss by displacing the vibrant, living reality w a steady stream of labels.. it is the same way w space, which is solely the conceptual mind’s way of clearing its throat, of pausing between identified symbols..
labels.. et al
if one removes space and time as actual entities.. rather than subjective.. observer created phenom.. it pulls the rug from under the notion that na external world exists w/in its own independent skeleton..
seventh principle: space, like time, i snot 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 w us like turtles w shells.. thus, there is no absolute self existing matrix in which physical events occur independent of life..
12 – the man behind the curtain
got a job at mit
13 – windmills of the mind
limitations of words et al
14 – a fall in paradise
15 – building blocks of creation
we scientists have looked at the world for so long that we no longer challenge its reality..
16 – what is this place? religion, science, and biocentrism look at reality
biocentrism is perhaps most valuable in helping us decide what not to waste time with – ie: theories of everything; string theory; big bang; ..
17 – sci fi gets real
all because of our human attraction for both science and the universe of make believe
18 – mystery of consciousness
consciousness poses the deepest problem for science, even as it resides as on e of the key tenets of biocentrism…nothing more intimate.. nothing harder to explain..
david chalmers – many have tried to explain consciousness.. but fall short..
do you think we’ll ever be able to duplicate the mind of one of your pigeons?.. the sensory motor functions? yes.. i replied.. but not consciousness. this is an impossibility..
until we understand the nature of consciousness, a machine can never be made to duplicate the mind fo a man, or a pigeon or even of a dragonfly..
for an object – a machine, a computer – there is no other principle but physics.. in fact it is only in the consciousness of the observer that they exist at all in space and time.. they do not have the unitary sense experience necessary for perception and self awareness
19 – death and eternity
body dies.. consciousness can’t
20 – where do we go from here
currently, the disciplines of bio, physics, cosmo, and all their sub branches are generally practiced by those w little knowledge of the others. it may take a multidisciplinary approach to achieve tangible results that incorporate biocentrism..