Book Review: Biocentrism

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Lanza’s work is an easy-to-understand look at issues in contemporary understandings of consciousness and reality. In it, he creates a post-quantum mechanics narrative that is heavily influenced by the ideas of Immanuel Kant (whom I don’t think he ever mentions). He strings together ideas in a cogent series of seven principles that read a bit like a proof. It is a great introduction to complex matters that come from the pen of someone who seems pretty good at simplifying items for the sake of readability.

For brevity I’ll compress his 7 principles. In short, our notion of reality always requires an observer and is created by how we have translated the input from our senses. What we view as “red” is actually just waves “out there” until they hit our optic nerve and are converted in our brains to the specific color. Waves exist outside of us but colors only exist in the human mind. This is very straightforward and non-controversial. The same is true of space and time – these categories of perception are not things in themselves but are overlays of the human mind on stimuli from the outside. When we look at the world of quantum mechanics, our brains and categories are faced with findings that are counter-intuitive so are very strange. As a side note, Max Tegmark discusses this point brilliantly in his interview on the Sam Harris podcast athttp://www.samharris.org/podcast/item…. Faced with the issue that we co-create reality based on stimuli from the outside world, Lanza leads to the reasonable conclusion that consciousness and awareness are the center of our view of the galaxy.

For those with a background in philosophy and consciousness studies, I’m not sure there will be anything real new here however it is a clear and concise read on the issues of the day.

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