By Jamie Busby
"Biocentrism: How life and consciousness are the keys to understanding the nature of the universe"
The above is the title of a book written by Dr. Robert Lanza and published in 2009.
Lanza has been named as the 3rd most important scientist alive. In 2014, he was listed as one of the Top 100 influential people in the world by TIME magazine. Fortune magazine stated that "he’s the standard-bearer for stem cell research” and is recognised as one of the Fathers of applied stem cell biology. In 2015, Prospect magazine named Lanza as one of the Top 50 "World Thinkers".
That's quite the CV... Lanza first proposed the theory of Biocentrism back in 2007. The theory states that life and biology are central to reality and the cosmos, with consciousness being the creator of the universe; not the other way round as we are led to believe with no evidence.
The combination of Lanza's biological background and later involvement in quantum mechanics gave birth to his theory that life and consciousness are fundamental to the universe. We are all connected to the same source and it is connected to all of us.
This theory turns everything we thought we knew on it's head. It recognises that in order to exist, things require observation. With no conscious life, there is no observation, thus nothing exists...
Space and Time
Look at the Universe and you will see it is governed by laws, constants and forces that seem to be fine-tuned for life to exist. Lanza suggests that this implies intelligence of some nature existed prior to matter itself, pouring more water on the nature of "The Big Bang Theory" in the process.
As Rupert Sheldrake said; "... modern science is based on the principle 'Give us one free miracle, and we'll explain the rest'. And the one free miracle is the appearance of all the matter and energy in the universe, and all the laws that govern it, from nothing, in a single instant."
This wonderful quote sums it up. Much of modern science is based off far too many as yet unproven "facts" and unknowns. If you start from the wrong place, that road will not lead to your desired destination.
Biocentrism also states that consciousness cannot die. The concept of death only exists because people identify their human "spacesuit" body as being them and their very essence, with the consciousness they are aware of somehow locked inside somewhere.
The body does not generate consciousness however, it is merely in receipt of it. Thus, even when our body inevitably dies, our consciousness lives on as it exists outside of the confines of space and time. Our consciousness can actually exist anywhere, it is not intrinsic to our physical form.
Multiple Universes form part of the Biocentrism theory. Lanza believes that many, if not infinite universes exist simultaneously. Right now. We are able to cross over into these other "parallel" universes. This is backed up by many highly distinguished scientists as well as normal people, like myself, who truly believe we "live" forever in one form or another.
This is not just wishful thinking, it is based on the work of eminent physicists and astrophysicists that believe there are no physical or universal laws that rule out the possibility.
Membrane theory, or Brane theory, is one concept that is considered highly possible. It's based on there being many universes that exist on a flat "membrane", each one only separated by the width of an electron. There is obviously a lot more to it and I intend to discuss that in another article.
Another likely possibility are alternate dimensions that operate under completely different rules and laws. People have gained access to these dimensions via several methods including meditation, astral projection and the use of the naturally-occurring hallucinogens such as DMT. Again, that's for another article.
Physicist Andrei Linde worked on the theory of the Multiverse in the 1980's. He declared that space was composed of inflating spheres, from which other similar spheres are born, which themselves create more and more spheres... Ad Infinitum.
These separate universes occupy the same physical realm as our universe but are not aware of each other's existence.
This is all supported by data collected by the Planck telescope. This telescope was used to create the map of microwave background radiation that was left behind after what was believed to be the birth of "our" universe.
This map shows that the universe contains what appear to be holes and gaps. Physicists claim that this is caused by the fact that other universes exist all around ours; the anomalies on the map indicate where another universe has interacted with or "touched" ours.
The "Soul" Concept
There is no shortage of other places, where what some call the "soul", could go to after death. The closest science can get to an answer is that quantum information, our Consciousness, leaves the body during a near-death or out-of-body experience. And in actual physical death of course.
Lanza says this about death; "If time is an illusion, if reality is created by our own consciousness, can this consciousness ever truly be extinguished?" - The answer must be a resounding NO. Energy can only be converted, not destroyed. Our consciousness consists of some form of "energy", thus it must endure after physical death. Also bear in mind that nothing can seemingly exist without a "conscious" observer; it has to go somewhere.
We need to try and step away from associating our physical form with what and who we are. It is but a vehicle in this life. If we see a dead person, "they" still exist but have simply left that vehicle. We cannot interact with them anymore simply because their consciousness has moved to a "state" that we are not able to detect or interpret with our severely limited earthly senses.
Consciousness is considered to be fundamental to this or any other universe and has been present since the beginning of time. In the absence of a "beginning", it has simply always been there, forever.
Therefore, our "soul" is made of exactly the same stuff as the rest of the universe. The human brain is nothing more than a receiver of information from the universe; A universe that we are intrinsically part of, not separate from.
The switch from a physics perspective to a biological basis challenges everything we have been told in the past from the likes of Einstein, such as the speed of light being the fastest that anything can move or be influenced.
Life has long been considered something of an "accident" by physicists but many previous experiments show quite the opposite. The results of the "double slit" experiment, for example, depends entirely on it's observation. Or lack thereof.
Take a look over your surroundings now. We are somewhat brainwashed that what we see is external, outside of us. To the contrary, everything you are seeing and are aware of are the results of a process in your mind. YOU are the process, not just a meat-sack that you barely control, it's all a construction of your mind.
Perception is everything, reality can NOT exist without our consciousness. There is no external world that exists independently of our perception and observation.
ALL theories forget one crucial thing; WE are creating them. WE make the observations first and then WE create the theories behind them. They presume everything as being external to us as opposed to based in our consciousness.
The most familiar yet most mysterious concept of all is consciousness itself. A true "Theory of Everything" MUST include an understanding of consciousness.
Are we to believe that the universe and all the fundamental laws of natures just exploded out of nothing?! For no reason... There are 200 major parameters that must be absolutely perfect for both the universe itself and life to exist. Far from being the coincidence that some claim, could it be that consciousness gave rise to these perfect parameters?
Biocentrism crucially doesn't rule out anything. On the contrary, it rules everything IN as being possible! The Big Bang could have been how consciousness saw fit to kick things off here almost 14 billion years ago. Simulation and Matrix theory could be possible as a result of a higher or different type of consciousness than ours; we experience THEIR creation in OUR way.
Science has 2 distinct areas; quantum mechanics for elementary particles and Einstein's theory of relativity for the "macro" world, bigger things. But they are incompatible and there is no clear distinction as to when something changes from "micro" to "macro".
Also, phenomena that were previously considered to fall under the umbrella of quantum mechanics are now being seen in the macro world. Observation is what makes things exist as we perceive them, via our consciousness, from an electron to a mountain.
This article has merely skimmed the surface of Biocentrism but I hope it has been of interest and given a flavour of what it's all about. I believe this concept could be the missing link in the Theory of Everything.
I'll leave you with this, I can't imagine a more appropriate way to end; "...we are all aspects of the same infinite consciousness that we call God and creation." - David Icke.
"Biocentrism: How life and consciousness are the keys to understanding the nature of the universe" - Robert Lanza; 2009
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