Rethinking Time, Space, Consciousness, and the Illusion of Death
Beyond Biocentrism Front Book Cover
Biocentrism shocked the world with a radical rethinking of the nature of reality … but that was just the beginning.

In Beyond Biocentrism, acclaimed biologist Robert Lanza, one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2014, and leading astronomer Bob Berman, take the reader on an intellectual thrill-ride as they re-examine everything we thought we knew about life, death, the universe and the nature of reality itself.

It starts acknowledging that our existing model of reality is looking increasingly creaky in the face of recent scientific discoveries. Science tells us with some precision that over 95% of the universe is mostly composed of dark matter and dark energy, but must confess that it doesn’t really know what dark matter is, and knows even less about dark energy. Science is increasingly pointing towards an infinite universe, but has no ability to explain what that really means. Concepts such as time, space and even causality are increasingly being demonstrated as meaningless.

All of science is based on information passing through our consciousness, but science doesn’t have a clue what consciousness is. Studies have repeatedly established a clear linkage between subatomic states and observation by conscious observers, but science cannot explain this linkage in any satisfactory way. Biologists describe the origin of life as a random occurrence in a dead universe, but we have no real understanding of how life began, or why the universe appears to be exquisitely designed for the emergence of life.

Biocentrism isn’t a rejection of science. Rather, biocentrism challenges us to fully accept the implications of the latest scientific findings in fields ranging from plant biology and cosmology to quantum entanglement and consciousness.

By listening to what the science is telling us, it becomes increasingly clear that life and consciousness are fundamental to any true understanding of the universe. This forces a fundamental rethinking of everything we thought we knew about life, death, and our place in the universe.

 

… Life and consciousness, according to the standard model, are central neither to the process of creation nor to its evolution or sustenance. They’re afterthoughts. Accidents, if truth be told. But our view couldn’t be more antithetical, since Biocentrism, as its very name suggests, means that life and awareness are indispensable cosmic attributes. For, so long as the current paradigm is accepted, alternatives will fare no better than to be consigned to the library’s “what-if” and “maybe” sections.”

 
FROM THE BACK COVER

“Robert Lanza and Bob Berman present an audacious program to restore meaning to science—to provide explanations that go deeper than today’s physical theories. Beyond Biocentrism is a joyride through the history of science and cutting-edge physics, all with a very serious purpose: to find the long-overlooked connection between the conscious self and the universe around us.”
─ Corey S. Powell, former Editor-in-Chief, Discover Magazine

“This intriguing and provocative book will challenge some of what you know and push you into rethinking your view of science — all the while entertaining you with a fast-paced, exhilarating narrative journey.”
— David J. Eicher, Editor-in-Chief, Astronomy magazine

Lanza and Berman’s latest statement of their theory of “biocentrism” changes the way we think about age-old religious questions such as the origin of the universe and human immortality. Based on cutting edge work in physics and biology and explained with exceptional clarity, Beyond Biocentrism is must reading for anyone interested in science and religion.”
—Ronald M Green, Professor Emeritus for the Study of Ethics and Human Values, and former Chairman of the Department of Religion at Dartmouth College

Beyond Biocentrism delves further into the role of the observer and consciousness. It offers a neurobiological point of view to help answer questions about the world around us. Lanza and Berman make the journey towards a better understanding of the role of consciousness and perception. I liked the book quite a lot! It was a fun read.”
— Kwang-Soo Kim, Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Harvard Medical School, and Director, Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory, McLean Hospital

In Beyond Biocentrism, stem cell pioneer Robert Lanza, writing with astronomer Bob Berman, presents a lucid tour de force of his thrilling but controversial theory that consciousness creates reality and the cosmos itself. Will machines ever achieve consciousness? Are plants aware? Is death an illusion? These are some of the big questions tackled in Beyond Biocentrism, which serves up a new, biology-based theory of everything that is as delightful to read as it is fascinating. Tremendously clear and lovely writing — a huge achievement.
─ Pamela Weintraub, Aeon Magazine, and former Executive Editor of Discover Magazine and Editor-in-Chief of OMNI (Internet/Magazine)

 
FROM OTHER SCIENTISTS AND WRITERS

“Lanza and Berman employ cutting edge science to rediscover ancient truths about life and death and reconceptualize our very notions of reality and consciousness. Beyond Biocentrism is an enlightening and fascinating journey that will forever alter your understanding of your own existence.”
— Deepak Chopra, Bestselling Author (heralded by Time magazine as one of the top heroes and icons of the century)

Beyond Biocentrism is a must read for anyone who has ever wondered where modern science (and the weirdness of relativity and quantum mechanics) is going. What does it all mean? Brilliant and insightful. Few books come along in our lives that change the way we see the world. Beyond Biocentrism is such a book.”
─ Ralph D Levinson MD, Health Sciences Professor, UCLA

“Lanza and Berman take the reader on a remarkable journey, setting out to prove that there is more to life and existence than we have assumed. They present scientific evidence that makes us re-consider everything we’ve thought to be true about the nature of reality. Beyond Biocentrism is a fascinating and thought-provoking “must-read” book that shows us a new way of looking at the universe and ourselves.”
─ Anthony Atala, MD, W. H. Boyce Professor, Chairman, and Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Wake Forest University

“There are few intellectual endeavors more thrilling than contemplating the role of human consciousness in creating reality and the universe, and Lanza and Berman bring to life the quest for understanding how that can possibly be so. If you know just enough physics to wonder whether the moon is still there when no one is looking at it, and even if you’ve never thought about anything so seemingly preposterous, you’ll have a great time reading Beyond Biocentrism.”
─ Sharon Begley, Senior Science Writer at Stat, and former Science Editor and Correspondent for Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, and Reuters

“The first thing I must say about this book it that there are not enough stars to describe what a good read this book truly is…I studied physics and can say for myself that I have a mind of a scientist that is (over)loaded with logic. But I am also a yoga teacher and since my father’s death nearly 10 years ago, I have been actively looking for answers about death, immortality and nature of space and time. I read so many books about the topic, I lost count. That was until I came across this book. Authors finally put it all together for me that both my scientific, logical mind and my spiritual mind could put it all together in a manner that it finally all made sense…This book opened my eyes to possibilities that no one has ever presented in such a concise and beautiful way before…[it] is priceless and I am keeping it as a reference in my library. It has underlining all over the place and I just cannot stop talking about it to everyone I know.”
─ Eugenia, Amazon VINE VOICE Reviewer

 
 

Biocentrism / Beyond Biocentrism

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Selection From “Beyond Biocentrism: Rethinking Time, Space, Consciousness, and the Illusion of Death”.

 

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Biocentrism holds the key to artificial intelligence.

 

Picture of a person walking in tunnel with bright light at end

New scientific theory says we’re immortal and exist outside of time.

 

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Life’s special place in the great scheme of things.

 

Old black and white summer-time photo of 3 children holding hands in front of white picked fence

Here we tell you what happens after you’re dead.

 
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Reality Figure graphic image from the Beyond Biocentrism book

Reality is an active process that always involves our consciousness. Everything we see and experience is a whirl of information occurring in our minds, shaped by algorithms (represented here by digital 0s and 1s) that create brightness, depth, and a sense of time and space. Even in dreams, our mind can assemble information into a 4D spatiotemporal experience. “Here,” said Emerson, “we stand before the secret of the world, there where Being passes into Appearance, and Unity into Variety.”
‒ From Beyond Biocentrism

 
Comments
  1. Kevin brady

    I think you are on to something extremely important for all life-If you are not exactly correct, you are very close – Love your first book, it makes so much sense from many perspectives – scientific experiments, human observations, consciousness and it even makes religion more understandable – More important, in my opinion, than anything previously in science or religion – We should be shouting this from the rooftops!

  2. Peo

    Hi there! Looking forward to the new book. The first one was “mind blowing”. Best regards, Peo Larsson, historian, Sweden.

  3. Matej Pavsic

    I was fascinated with your book “Biocentrism” and I am looking forward to read your new book. Similar ideas are discussed in Part IV of my book “The Landscape of Theoretical Physics: A Global View” (Kluwer, 2001). I am a physicist, and have published numerous peer reviewed papers in various branches of theoretical physics. Since the start of my carrier I have been seriously considering the idea that quantum mechanics cannot be fully understood without involving consciousness into the game, and much more,…, very similar to biocentrism (including to what happens with consciousness after the death). My book touches such fascinating topics in the last part entitled “Beyond the Horizon”. The main underlying message of the book is that there is no “unified theory” (whatever it means) without the unification of diverse branches of theoretical physics, the corresponding mathematical techniques and the underlying concepts, including consciousness. The book is also available at http://arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/0610061 .
    Part IV is readable to non experts.

    1. Robert LanzaRobert Lanza

      Thank you for your message. Your book sounds fascinating as well — I look forward to reading it. Best, Bob

  4. Vanda

    What would happen if everyone had to assimilate to the biocentrism approach and the old paradigm would be substituted by the new one?

    1. Robert LanzaRobert Lanza

      Good question. This is addressed in the last chapter of Beyond Biocentrism. The acceptance of biocentrism will have a positive psychological outcome on the mainstream mindset. Most of us seek “a meaning to life” or the search for what’s real. The biocentric paradigm would go a long way toward aiding our understanding of the cosmos, including the underlying unity of nature and the observer with all its implications — chief among them the unreality of death.

      Science’s ever-growing 20th century assumption of a dumb random universe, in which life arose by chance, had the secondary effect of isolating the human psyche from the cosmos. It probably made almost everyone feel inconsequential and lucky even to be alive. This, together with the growing abandonment of religion probably led to a sense that, in a cosmos ruled by accidents rather than by plan and/or perfection, we humans need to exploit the environment and grab what we can. It has set up an antagonistic outlook: Man against nature.(see entire comment)

  5. John Krauze

    Do you have any theories on How, Why, or What the Buddha experienced after coming to the same conclusions your book did?

  6. T. Veer

    Is there any way we can get hands on your work earlier sir? I am dying to read it and recommence discussion amongst my fellow engineering/philosophy students.

  7. Rebecca Webster

    Hi Robert, have pre-ordered my copy of beyond biocentrism and cant wait to get my hands (consciousness) on it! Biocentrism is the most important information i have ever come across, so thank you so much for sharing it with the world. About a third of the way into the book I actually ‘got it’ and it honestly felt like my mind was catapulted into space, spun around a thousand times and then landed back in my body with a thud and my eyes opened up again in complete wonder. Luckily i was alone at the time because my facial expression would have been priceless. Thanks again for such a precious gift, Rebecca Webster, Tambellup, Western Australia

  8. Kris Kozak

    Hi Robert.

    I just came across your concept of biocentrism in a “serendipitious” manner, while doing internet research on something completely different. And what a grand discovery it is!
    None of the concepts you are putting forward is new to me. In 2006 I had an experience that can be described as “mystical” or “spiritual” — one may called it “enlightement” or “awakening” — in which “I” experienced directly the underlying nature of so called “reality”. This experience completely shattered my previous understanding of the world, leaving me with conclusion that, as I put it, “everything I believed to be true, turned to be a lie”…. or an illusion, if you prefer.(see entire comment)

  9. Phil

    Dear Dr Lanza,
    If I had a brain imaging machine that could image with high precision (at say, the planck scale) the human brain and all its connections and activity.
    And I also had a 3D atomic/planck/electrical printer that could print at the same resolution, and print an exact replica/clone of a person’s brain and body.
    Then what would be the result in terms of that printed person being conscious?
    Looking forward to the new book, I have already pre-bought from Amazon to ship international. You said in a talk once, that you would want to write books 2 & 3, and say what you really thought but that it would be too far for most people’s understanding. I say go for it, why wait, what’s time afterall.

  10. Ian Dearnley

    I am no scientist (I work in an office and my science training went no further than school) but I have always been fascinated by the “big questions” and somewhat unsatisfied with the answers that mainstream religion and physics thinking have provided. I found biocentrism compelling reading and very thought provoking but it also left me with some unanswered questions:
    1. If a conscious observer is required for a reality to take place then at what point did the universe transition from a wave of probabilities to its own reality? At the point of the Big Bang there was no conscious life that we can conceive of and therefore no conscious observers (unless we think either that consciousness goes beyond animal life and is present in all forms of matter or maybe we are ourselves a part of something much more complex than we can possibly understand, like the bug on the forest floor that has its own reality). So what happened from this point to the point of conscious life appearing? And at the point of conscious life appearing would it have been a very different conciousness given its relatively “crude” form of life?(see entire comment)

    1. Robert LanzaRobert Lanza

      All of this is addressed in detail in Beyond Biocentrism. There is no transition from waves of probabilities to reality at some certain point in the universe. Indeed, back in 1926, German physicist Max Born demonstrated that quantum waves are waves of “probability,” not waves of material as some had theorized. They are statistical predictions only. Thus a wave of probability is nothing but a likely outcome. In fact, outside of that idea, the wave is not there! As Einstein’s colleague John Wheeler once said, “No phenomenon is a real phenomenon until it is an observed phenomenon.” This applies equally today as it would at any other theoretical point in the history of the universe. Indeed, experiment after experiment shows that space, time — and even the properties of matter– have no meaning independent of the observer. Are we part of a great “oneness”?(see entire comment)

  11. David

    Hello Robert.
    Books and knowledge come to your hands in the right moments. Yours came to my hands today (well, really in may after the pre-order). From my experience, experience is all there is. Manifesting itself in its fractal game of illusion, which explains many things.
    All these understandings are of such subtle nature, that I believe it is very important to feel that nature in order to understand it. Lucky is the person that has felt and experienced since an early age this new paradigm and is able to nourish it further receiving more sophisticated points of view like for example yours.
    Thank you in advance. I’m jealous you can make your living with the most beautiful and magical experience.
    Regards,
    David

  12. Al

    Hi professor Lanza, are there in your new book topics about the role and the splitting of consciousness in the frame of the Everett interpretation of quantum mechanics?
    And what is your opinion about Max Tegmark’s hypothesis of the consciousness as a state of matter?
    Looking forward to reading Beyond Biocentrism when it is released in Italy.
    Best regards

  13. hamish

    I don’t know if I have come to the right place to ask this question, firstly I want to congratulate you on the book and having the courage to come out with this.I look forward to reading the book.

    Regarding Quantum Mechanics.. and the observer effect
    Am I understanding it correctly ? The atom observes the electron, the molecule observes the atom , the cell observes the atom and so on sort of like dominoes of observer effects ? Is everything therefore in superposition below the top level of observation ?

    Am I totally lost right now or does this make any sense?

  14. hamish

    Im looking forward to reading the book hopefully it answers the question I have regarding QM.

    The atom ‘observes’ the electron, the molecule ‘observes’ the atom, the rock ‘observes’ the molecules in it and the moon ‘observes’ the rocks in the moon.
    The observation at this scale is gravity,light etc and other classically understood things that measure the whats below it at that scale? Or does the observer effect stop at a certain point ?
    Basically what Im trying to get at is whether the moon is in a superposition if the sun and galaxy is not ”observing it ” ?
    Like dominoes is there a hierachical line of ‘observers’ collapsing the superpositional states of things below it ?
    The greatest observer being the universe at large , some where sort of giant observer effect is occurring

    Am I totally lost here ? not a qm expert …

    1. Robert LanzaRobert Lanza

      Atoms and electrons are not conscious observers. Thus, they do not collapse the wave function.

  15. Ricardo S.

    Hi professor, the book will be translated to Portuguese(Brazil) ?

  16. Randy Vanderpool

    Dr. Lanza I was wondering are you going to put it on audible.com. I have your first book and I love it. I have been a fan of Biocentrism for about nine months now. I’m a follower of a religion called Deism. I don’t believe in any dogmatic or prophetic belief systems like the Abrahamic religions, but do believe in a reasonable and logical God, energy or consciousness, whatever you want to call it. So when I discovered Biocentrism, I was delighted. I was thrilled to find a scientist with a spiritual view of life, that is one major factor I became a fan of yours. It makes me understand life in ways I never knew was possible.
    I am a bit slow, special needs person. Reading is a bit hard for me, so that is why I asked about audible. Well thanks for taking the time for reading my comment.

  17. Dr. Robert M. Pallotti

    Dear Dr. Lanza and Mr. Berman. I have found both of your books spot on! I am a theologian by training and Profession and realize the significance of your work. Of course, I would prefer a more developed and nuance understanding of the Divine in your book but I understand that was not your objective. However, consciousness ultimately leads one to this question in the form of mystical experiences, NDEs, and other experiences that transcend physicality. It is gratifying to see us getting away from the insignificance of humanity and to its responsible and meaningful place in the cosmos.

  18. Alexandros N.

    Hello,
    I am currently reading your new book and I can say it is superbly written and is truly mind blowing. Although, I have a bit of an inquiry regarding the quantum theory.
    Is it truly factual? is there any controversy? I have done some research online and what I could find was that it was accepted more or less factually on a sub atomic level and that there was no controversy (articles mostly from 2015 and 2016). Although, I am not sure, but I believe a british student (from the Imperial College of London), in 2013 or 2014, may have ‘disapproved’ the quantum theory. I am not sure if any of this is true or not, since the internet is a web of lies.
    Since I am not a scientist and I would not know what is truly occurring in the scientific community, I would like you, if you can, clarify this matter.

  19. Athanasia

    Excellent book!! I can say ‘Beyond Biocentrism’ completely changed my view on the world. Before, like many I believe, saw the world as a mere product of the laws of physics. Since I am myself,not a scientist, I had only heard of all my life, of the traditional mainstream science. It is truly astounding of how we are truly ‘indoctrinated’ since birth and conditioned to think a certain way scientifically, when in reality this may not be the truthful nor correct view. I sincerely hope that your predictions of the ‘New Dawn” of science come true. It is true that our current paradigm is outdated, and a new one would be completely welcome 😉

  20. Robert Muhammad

    I enjoyed your first book very much. And I’am enjoying the new one. I believe both books raise very profound questions about the way we view our reality. But I do have an issue with some aspects of Chapter 2 of the new book, and your historicial overview of the development of logic and science in the ancient world. I believe there is an error made here that is all to commonly made by Western scholars. And that is the placing of the historical development of ‘true’ science and logic at the feet of the Greeks. This illustrates a pronounced Euro-centric bias that overlooks the fact that most of the Greek’s understanding of science and mathematics was learned from the ancient Egyptian mystery schools. For instance, Pythagoras studied for 22 years in the mystery systems of Egypt, and his so-called ‘Pythagorean Theorem’ was actually the theorem of the square and the hypotenuse, that had its origins in ancient Egyptian mathematics.

  21. AL CANNISTRARO

    Figures 6-1 and 6-3 are identical in my edition on Beyond Biocentrism. Is this the what you intended?
    Al Cannistraro

    1. Robert LanzaRobert Lanza

      Yes

  22. Scott

    Dr Lanza,

    Just curious on your thoughts on Bohmian mechanics, or the pilot-wave theory and its implications on your theory of Biocentrism?

  23. James. Oz

    I am very much looking forward to the read. Buddha and science both say there is only now that is all we can ever prove. So live now, love now, exist on the now. And you will live forever. For now never ends. X

  24. Alan Giddins

    Dear Dr Lanza, I can’t get enough of Biocentrism, got the book Biocentrism, video and sound clips from your website and internet, which are great. Just finished Beyond Biocentrism (due to delays in Amazon delivering it here in Scotland UK).
    So what about the 3rd book – the one you said, ” I want to write but no one would understand it?”
    Biocentrism should be taught in schools!

  25. Kevin brady

    I didn’t think it was possible to outdo your first book, but “beyond” does. Not enough credit is given to the positive psychological aspects of Biocentrism-I really gives you a lift to have some scientific evidence that points to existence beyond this life. You have had a difficult one by any measure, and you have managed to stay positive, to your great credit.

    I have forwarded your book to friends and your web-site to many people.

    It’s such as simple concept and explains so much. Fantastic Robert!

    Kevin Brady

  26. John Skinner

    I really enjoyed reading “Biocentrism”. I have no real scientific background and I am a practising Christian ( who knows one day in another universe I might get it right). I read the book in the hope that I might find a scientific approach that would not require me to compromise my mustard seed of faith. I was not disappointed. Indeed if anything it raised some interesting comparison with ideas I had previously found in David Bartholomew’s “God of Chance” relating to the role of probability in God’s creation. It also chimed with some homespun thinking relating to the dissipation of energy at the point of death. Having been at the death of a loved one you can’t help but wonder where life/20 watts fountain just went. I look foward to reading “Beyond Biocentrism” maybe it might address where the 20 watts were first generated? But for the time I guess there is still room for God. However unattractive to many scientific minds.

  27. John Krauze

    Please consider appearing on the “Coast to Coast” radio show again or publishing audio lectures on this book. Thank You

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