First a caveat. I don’t know how established ‘Biocentrism’ is as a theory. My interest in quantum physics led me to theories on reality and consciousness and then I discovered a book published in 2017 called ‘Beyond Biocentrism’ by Robert Lanza (with Bob Berman). It attempts to make some sense of many things best summed up in it’s tagline – ‘Rethinking Time, Space, Consciousness and the Illusion of Death’. It ticks the box for ‘science that impacts humans’ which Recknsense is always searching for.
So what is biocentrism before we look beyond it?
The authors had a first book called Biocentrism you won’t be surprised to hear. They describe it as a new perception of the nature of the universe where life and consciousness are fundamental to our understanding of it. The book I read looks deeper into the subject as we discover more in the sciences.
I’m reminded of this line by Bill Hicks:
Today a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves. Heres Tom with the Weather.
That was over 30 years ago and I didn’t expect to one day be reading about it like this in all seriousness. I like to think I follow the science and steer away from the ‘woo’ theories. But this is quite a compelling book and there is no denying some of the ‘spooky’ science that the authors detail. There is no explanation in many cases. In a typical quantum scientist response, we have to ‘shut up and calculate’ as many attempt to shut down the wilder theories. For a minute though, let’s explore this further. There are a few topics that really do astound and today have no real explanation even though experiments know them to be true:
- 95% of the universe is made up of dark matter and dark energy and we know very little about what they are made of.
- The double slit experiment that led to the discovery of light being made of particles but still behaving as a wave. Stranger still showing the existence of the same particle in multiple places at the same time. We know it happens but it goes against everything we know about reality – we don’t expect things to be in two places at once! The book goes into great detail on this with lots of updates on the latest research and experimentation
- The double slit experiment gets even more strange. The results appear to be different depending on whether measurement occurring. Yes the very act of taking a measurement can change the result – and it’s not for some technical reason, just the observation itself changes it. So you can start to get the idea where this is leading. Somehow our consciousness is affecting real physical things that are happening in our universe. I’ll let that sink in.
- We still have an even more amazing phenomenon to talk about – entanglement. You may have come across it because it makes for great sci-fi. The short description is that a particle can be ‘entangled’ with another such that if one thing happens to a particle, the other is affected instantly. This happens even if they are on the other side of the universe from each other.
The book continues to go deeper and discuss the idea of machines having consciousness and the possibilities of what could happen to our consciousness after death. I had to take regular breaks to stop and think about what was being proposed. Be warned it could give you a headache.
What else is out there on the subject?
There is a lot. It is inevitable given the spookiness of the experiments. We can’t deny the results and we can’t explain them so theories are bound to emerge. The thing that I have noticed is that I come across more and more scientists who write the books on the theory. It feels like scientists are trying to consider the meaning to the science. I wrote about the quantum link to consciousness specifically when it comes to the brain after reading Roger Penrose (Nobel prize winning physicist). There is an attempt to connect the dots across different sciences.
You can read more on the history of biocentrism and it’s criticisms. Whether it’s this theory or another, the concept of reality and our consciousness is coming to the forefront of new scientific discovery. New science and technology discoveries combined with a thirst to understand ourselves better including the ethical implications – are driving this. I’m beyond curious.
Have you come across more on the topic? Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org