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Beyond Biocentrism

Rethinking Time, Space, Consciousness, and the Illusion of Death
Written by: Robert Lanza, Bob Berman
Narrated by: Peter Ganim
Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
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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 listener on an intellectual thrill ride as they reexamine everything we thought we knew about life, death, the universe, and the nature of reality itself.

The first step is 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 the universe is 26.8 percent dark matter, 68.3 percent dark energy, and only 4.9 percent ordinary matter but must confess that it doesn't really know what dark matter is and knows even less about dark energy. Science is increasingly pointing toward 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 hasn't the foggiest idea what consciousness is, and it can't explain the linkage between subatomic states and observation by conscious observers. Science describes life as a random occurrence in a dead universe but has no real understanding of how life began or why the universe appears to be exquisitely designed for the emergence of life.

The biocentrism theory isn't a rejection of science. Quite the opposite. 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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Robert Lanza, MD, and Bob Berman (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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A fascinating invitation to keep an open mind

I’m a science major, and I also love talking about philosophy; the eastern world view and wondering about what is this thing we call life and why we do the things we do. This book is fascinating. It reminded me of the first popular science book I read on astronomy when I was a young teenager and how my world had opened up after it. This book is for anyone who enjoys discussing the meaning of daily experiences with an open mind. It agrees very much with what I’ve heard from Alan Watts. It makes me smile with curiosity. I’ll definitely have to re-read it again to make sure I don’t miss anything.

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need to read it again

very well presented but some concepts I need to hear explained again.. nonetheless well constructed for someone with no higher math

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Interesting Stuff!

I enjoyed the content- grateful to have the easy 30s rewind button for some mind blowing and scientific content. Unfortunately, I found the narrator’s voice distracting & disappoi
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Thought provoking!

Can't argue with such reasonable theory of everything that is considering most unexplainable phenomenons of physics.

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What is wrong with the narrator? There is no way I can actually enjoy the book itself when it is read by an over exaggerating, priggish reader. I will have to return this book and by it s hard copy.

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loved it.

A great listen. He brings up some very intriguing viewpoints. The subject is worth exploring further.

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  • Mike Johnson
  • 2017-12-18

Curious

This is NOT a review of this book though I have read and own the earlier version of Biocentrism. Considering this purchase I read the reviews which includes a couple of slams so I reviewed Dr. Lanza's record of publications and what is an amazing array of achievements, practical achievements of the highest possible order.
That a couple of humps on Audible take Dr. Lanza to be some sort of fraud is absolutely astonishing. In all honesty are real people this stupid or are they simply vicious or compensated.
Naturally, after re examining Dr. Lanza's CV and looking through the earlier edition I purchased the Kindle and Audible versions.
Always be somewhat decent and consider that after reading what might be called very deep material that the difficulty is that YOU do not understand, not immediately and perhaps never but there is no shame in this.
The shame lies in reacting in such a truly despicable fashion.

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  • John
  • 2017-06-05

A Huge "Thumbs Up"!!!!

Mortality, Science vs. Religion, cutting edge synthesis of the latest scientific research and progress in the study of consciousness. Provides science-backed information that to me at least make sense if it all. Even an attempt at a Theory of Everything, or Unified Theory in this read.

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  • Elan Sun Star
  • 2017-04-19

An incredible synthesis

Would you listen to Beyond Biocentrism again? Why?

Yes I have listened already 2 times and the book was JUST released.
In fact I had just mentioned on a forum for Deepak Chopra's new book
"You ar the Universe" that I was hoping that there would be a new book/audiobook from Robert Lanza the author, and then th next day this arrived!!

What a powerful synchronicity!
This book is quite similar to Dr Chopra's new book
You are The Universe in fact.

What other book might you compare Beyond Biocentrism to and why?

Deepak Chopra's
You are the Universe

Any additional comments?

So excited that Dr lanza decided to continue in the popular media

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  • CD3748
  • 2019-02-07

Amazing, Accessible, Easy Fun Listening!

This book is AMAZING. Not only does it list the limits of what we know in science, it presents them in an accessible way. And the snark from the text + the narrators inflections had me laughing! : ) Entertaining, fun, serious, smart! A credit well spent.

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  • Mikal
  • 2018-11-09

Here's the thing

First of all, let me address the concept of biocentrism and the naysayers:

There are people who desperately look for factual errors in the book, or any books like it, and use that to attempt to take credibility away from the authors and the concept. On the other hand, there are people who will seek to prove the authors to be credible so that they can take the book seriously. Understandable, but not sensible.

Just stop, read or listen to the book, use your own intelligence to evaluate what is being conveyed here. We can't judge a piece of information or wisdom based on who wrote it, or based on a miniscule part. Ironically this -is- one of the most important messages in the book, we have to look at things as a whole if we are to understand. This concept isn't a scientific theory, because the concept itself questions science as a platform to understand the world.

So trying to find scientific proof, which is by definition exclusively a concept of science, to prove a foundation that seeks to transcend science, is obviously pointless. The science parts of this book are there to help you understand, that's all. If you don't want to understand the book, then I would recommend not reading it. If you want to understand it, then start by understanding that it isn't based on science. Because as the book tries to explain (and does so very well) is that the scope of biocentrism is larger than the scope of science. This is not an unreasonable scope of a concept. The idea that the scope of science includes any of the fundamental questions about existence, is simply wrong. That is provable by thinking about it. "Uh real proof requires actual non-subjective data and-" bapp bapp bapp! No it does not, that is called scientific proof. You can (and I am so sad that some people will need to even have this explained to them) prove things with 100% certainty without any concrete data whatsoever.

Are you conscious? Prove it. You can't, but you know with 100% certainty that you are. This is outside the scope of science, so to assume that science is the study of the absolute is just ignorance.

I highly recommend this book. If you are someone who are ignorant enough to believe that nothing is of value without scientific proof, and you are not open to change that perspective, then you will waste your time here.

As for the performance, I can listen to it just fine. The narrator is very, very American. It kinda feels like a 7 hour long movie trailer. I've gotten used to it though, it's all about mindset!

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  • Dianne Rogers
  • 2018-06-07

Mind Expanding

I love anything that makes me see things in a new light. This did it!

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  • Patrick
  • 2018-02-13

Great insightful read

Wonderfully complex content, easily explained.
An experience not to be missed, I would highly recommend this audiobook .

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  • Donna L Casey
  • 2017-08-03

Brilliance outside the box

I'm a physician and scientist. I loved every second of this book. I can't believe his critical thinking skills and ability to put so many fields together into one. There is also comic and wit and a great sense of humor.

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  • Rev. Nagi Mato
  • 2019-03-13

Too many mispronunciations

While I find the concept enthralling, I cannot deal with all of the mispronunciations of various words.

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  • Alex Ryncarz
  • 2018-11-21

Excellent work and backed up with factual examples

Unlike Stephen Hawkins who backed up our understanding of the universe with circular arguments, Lanza has corrected the pseudoscience of Stephen Hawkins.