The Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.
–John Haldane, Possible Worlds (1927)
The world is not, on the whole, the place described in our schoolbooks.
For several centuries, starting roughly with the Renaissance, a single mindset about the construct of the cosmos has dominated scientific thought. This model has brought us untold insights into the nature of the universe–and countless applications that have transformed every aspect of our lives. But…
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[This immediately continues from “Muddy Waters,” chapter 1 of Biocentrism–see Note 1 below.]
But this model is reaching the end of its useful life and needs to be replaced with a radically different paradigm that reflects a deeper reality, one totally ignored until now.
This new model has not arrived suddenly, like the meteor impact that changed the biosphere 65 million years ago. Rather, it is a deep, gradual, tectonic-plate-type alteration with bases that lie so deep, they will never again return whence they came. It’s genesis lurks in the underlying rational disquiet that every educated person palpably feels today….Rather its problem is so deep that virtually everyone knows that something is screwy with the way we visualize the cosmos…¹
And so begins Lanza and Benson’s refreshing and very readable (thin) volume that we highly recommend.
¹ Robert Lanza, MD, with Bob Berman, Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe (Benbella Books, Inc., Dallas TX, 2009, Kindle Version). It should be mentioned that this in not a Christian book. Nor is it New Age. But, I feel, it is very friendly to Christian faith that takes science seriously. Lanza was discovered as a teenager in a parking lot at Harvard University when he was seeking information for a cloning experiment with chickens he was conducting on his own in the basement of his home on “the other side of the tracks.” His BA & MD is from Univ. of PA. He was a Fulbright Scholar and part of the team that cloned the world’s first human embryo, as well as the first to clone an endangered species. Lanza has been featured at one time or another in key journals, magazines, and newspapers. Bob Berman is a widely interviewed and published astronomer. (All the material in this post comes directly from Biocentrism.)
Stories of Lanza’s impoverished background is interlaced through this fascinating volume. It’s a great Kindle read that can easily be picked up and put down without missing what’s going on.