Written over 10 years ago “Biocentrism” by Robert Lanza, is so relevant for right now. A time that has been labelled by some as the Anthropocene.

The Anthropocene defines Earth’s most recent geologic time period as being human-influenced, or anthropogenic, based on overwhelming global evidence that atmospheric, geologic, hydrologic, biospheric and other earth system processes are now altered by humans.

The word combines the root “anthropo”, meaning “human” with the root “-cene”, the standard suffix for “epoch” in geologic time.

To look after our precious and beautiful Earth we need to do things differently and as the saying goes:
to do things differently we need a different way of thinking.

This Book Biocentrism provides a terrific basis for the discussions that can lead to that different thinking.

Here are some of the points and do join us on Quantum Leap Book Club to hear the discussion from Elder of the Cherokee Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha and co-hosts, including myself, from around the world in our weekly dive in. You can listen and subscribe to the free weekly uploads at: https://www.loaradionetwork.com/quantum-leap

1. Lanza’s theory challenges the traditional view of the universe.
2. It suggests life is not just a product of the universe but a fundamental aspect.
3. Life doesn’t emerge from the universe; the universe is a product of life.
4. Consciousness plays a crucial role in shaping reality.
5. Lanza argues that life creates the cosmos, not the other way around.
6. The observer’s consciousness influences the nature of reality.
7. Biocentrism merges biology and physics in explaining existence.
8. Lanza questions the separation of space and time from living organisms.
9. Past, present, and future are intertwined from a biocentric standpoint.
10. Death is viewed as a transition of consciousness, not an endpoint.
11. Lanza believes in the importance of understanding the observer effect.
12. The universe adapts to the conscious entities within it.
13. Biocentrism blurs the line between biology and cosmology.
14. The theory proposes a participatory universe where life actively shapes reality.
15. It challenges the notion of an objective, external reality.
16. Lanza suggests biology is as fundamental as space and time.
17. Perception is key in shaping the experience of reality.
18. Biocentrism has implications for our understanding of life after death.
19. Lanza’s theory integrates scientific and philosophical perspectives.
20. It prompts a reconsideration of our place in the cosmos.

Is this really a revolutionary perspective on the nature of reality.

Or is this the way most traditional (Earth based) cultures have viewed the World since the beginning of their known memory.

Lanza challenges (western) traditional views that separate consciousness from the physical world. He delves into the concept of biocentrism, suggesting that life, specifically consciousness, is not just a product of the brain but a fundamental aspect of the universe.

Lanza begins by questioning the prevailing paradigm that considers the universe as existing independently of observers. He argues that our understanding of reality is limited by a human-centric viewpoint and proposes a shift towards biocentrism, where life is the central and essential factor in the cosmos.

The chapter explores the implications of biocentrism on our understanding of time, space, and the nature of existence. Lanza suggests that our conventional ideas about these concepts are deeply influenced by our subjective experience (me and it) the separation. Here is a challenge to readers to reconsider the traditional scientific framework and open our minds to a more inclusive perspective (I and it are one).

Furthermore, Lanza introduces the concept of an observer-created universe, asserting that reality is shaped by the act of observation. He discusses experiments in quantum physics that support this idea, emphasizing the interconnectedness of the observer and the observed. This notion challenges the conventional belief in an objective reality independent of consciousness.

The author also touches on the role of death in biocentrism, suggesting that our understanding of mortality is intertwined with our perception of reality. Lanza proposes that consciousness is not limited to a physical body and may persist beyond death, contributing to a more expansive understanding of life and its continuity.

Throughout the chapter, Lanza combines scientific concepts with philosophical reflections, encouraging readers to question deeply ingrained assumptions about the nature of reality. The approach challenges the dichotomy between the observer and the observed, offering a fresh perspective that integrates consciousness into the very fabric of the universe.

In conclusion, Chapter 1 of “Biocentrism” initiates a thought-provoking exploration of reality, consciousness, and the interconnectedness of life with the cosmos. Robert Lanza invites readers to reconsider traditional views, paving the way for a more holistic understanding of existence that places life at the centre of our cosmic narrative.

All the best

Elaway De’Ye’NgLi’ta

Learning Centre for Human Development

G. Dalby-Ball
Ecological Consultants Australia
Kingfisher Urban Ecology and Wetlands


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