“I spent a couple of years rolling pennies and eating canned spinach and pasta while I tried to understand the universe.” Today Dr. Lanza is considered one of the leading scientists in the world. He’s currently chief scientific officer at Advanced Cell Technology and adjunct professor at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He has hundreds of publications and inventions and over 20 scientific books. Among them Principles of Tissue engineering which is recognized as the definite reference in the field. Dr. Lanza has cloned the world’s first embryo for the purpose of generating embryonic stem cells. In 2001 he was also the first to clone an endangered species (a Gaur) and in 2003, he cloned an endangered wild ox from the frozen skin cells of an animal that had died at the San Diego Zoo nearly a quarter-of-a-century earlier. So take these cells, this information from an animal that no longer exists and create a, resurrect literally an endangered species. Dr. Lanza and his colleagues were also the first to demonstrate that nuclear transplantation could be used to reverse the aging process and to generate immune-compatible tissues, including the first organ tissue engineered from cloned cells.
I believe that the universal god/goddess is sending us a message – and that message is that all living organisms have consciousness and this consciousness is eternally expanding. As I have come to understand it, consciousness expands in an orderly manner until it becomes one with the ‘universal mind’ – This principle can be demonstrated mathematically by applying the Fibonacci series, Phi and the Golden Means. The Fibonacci spiral and the Golden Spiral, representing the expansion of all consciousness, are demonstrated in all living organisms. Mathematically, when the Fibonacci spiral gets closer and closer to a Golden Spiral it increases in size because of the ratio of each number in the Fibonacci series to the one before it converges on Phi, 1.618, as the series progresses (e.g., 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8 and 13 produce ratios of 1, 2, 1.5, 1.67, 1.6 and 1.625, respectively).
The Vedanta had these beautiful expressions. “I’m not in the world, the world is in me. I’m not in the body, the body is in me. I’m not in the mind, the mind is in me. As I curve back within myself I experience my mind in my consciousness I experience my own body in my consciousness and I experience my whole world in my consciousness.” Meaning that consciousness exists outside of space-time because it actually conceives and constructs space-time as well and therefore being outside of space-time, transcendent it has no beginning and time, it has no edges in space and therefore it has no ending in time as well. This reminds me of the Christian prayer; “As it was in the beginning, and shall always be…world without end…Amen Amen”. The goal of those practicing the Eastern wisdom traditions has been to experience this as our identity’… That even when I think about the brain that in thinking about the brain I am in consciousness and when I mathematically conceive of the laws of nature they are still in my consciousness.
Essentially saying the same thing, but from a very scientific perspective is Dr. Robert Lanza who has recently authored the book Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the Universe. This is an important book, being that we now have one of the world’s leading scientists backing us in the ancient belief that the physical world (reality) would not – nor could not- exist unless there was a consciousness in which it could be conceived, constructed, and come into existence. According to his latest book and theory, “Amazingly when you add life and consciousness to the equation you can actually explain some of the biggest puzzles of science. So for instance it becomes clear why space and time and even the properties of matter itself depend on the observer in consciousness. In fact when you take this point of view it even explains why the laws of the universe themselves are fine tuned for the existence of life.”
“Everything you see an experience right now is just a whirl of information occurring in your mind. Space and time are simply the minds tools for putting it all together. Take something as ordinary as the weather outside. You see a blue sky but the cells in your brains can be changed so it looks red and green. You think it’s bright out but the brain circuits can be changed so it looks dark out. You think it feels hot and humid but to a tropical frog it would feel cold and dry. In any case you get the point. This logic applies to virtually everything. The bottom line is that anything you see could not possibly be present without your consciousness.
REALITY IS OBSERVER CREATED – The most astounding fact about the universe is the knowledge that everything we perceive—color, sound, and even energy itself—is a process that involves our consciousness. Everything you see and experience could not possibly be present without your consciousness. We’ve accepted the Big Bang theory, although it provides no explanation for why the universe is exquisitely fine-tuned to support life. Dr.Lanza claims, and rightfully so, that our current theories of the physical world don’t work, and can never be made to work until they account for life and consciousness. Rather than a belated and minor outcome after billions of years of lifeless physical processes, biocentrism proposes the study of human consciousness is the absolute fundamental element for the understanding of the universe.
IF A TREE FALLS IN THE FOREST AND NOBODY IS THERE, DOES IT MAKE A SOUND?
Consider, for example, the old question, “If a tree falls in the forest, and nobody is there, does it make a sound?” Most people answer decisively in the affirmative. “Of course it makes a sound,” you might reply, as if it were too dumb to even merit contemplation. By taking this stance, you’re actually averring your belief in an objective, independent reality. The prevailing mindset is of a universe that exists just as well without us as with us. This fits in tidily with the Western view held at least since Biblical times, that “little me” is of small importance or consequence in the cosmos.
But what occurs when a tree falls. Basic earth science tells us that sound is created by a disturbance in some medium, usually air. Branches and trunks striking the ground create rapid pulses of air. So, what we have in hand, in actuality are rapid air-pressure variations, which spread out at around 750 mph. This, according to simple science, is what occurs even when a brain-ear mechanism is absent—tiny, rapid, puffs of wind. There’s no sound attached to them. The only way ‘sound’ would exist in this scenario, is if you apply the human anatomy to the equation.
If a person is nearby, the ‘air puffs’ cause the ear drum to vibrate, which then stimulates nerves only if the air is pulsing between 20 and 20,000 times a second. (Air that puffs under 20 times a second isn’t intrinsically different from air that pulses 30 times, yet the former will never result in a human perception of sound.) In any case, nerves stimulated by the moving eardrum send signals to the brain resulting in the cognition of a noise. Only then does human consciousness conjure the noise experience. In short, an observer, an ear, and a brain are every bit as necessary for the experience of sound as are the air pulses. The external world and consciousness are correlative.
When someone dismissively answers, “Of course a tree makes a sound if no one’s nearby” they’re merely demonstrating their inability to ponder an event nobody attended. They’re finding it too difficult to take themselves out of the equation. They somehow continue to imagine themselves present when they are absent.
DOES A CANDLE GIVE OUT BRIGHTNESS AND LIGHT IN THE FOREST IF NO ONE IS WATCHING – Now consider a lit candle placed in that same empty forest. Consider whether the flame has intrinsic brightness and a yellow color when no one’s watching. IN absence of the observer, the flame is merely a hot gas. Like any source of light, it emits tiny packets of electromagnetic energy. These momentary exhibitions of electricity and magnetism are the whole show, the nature of light itself.
On its own, there is nothing inherently visual, nor bright or colored about that candle flame. It is only when and if these electromagnetic waves strike a human eye each measuring between 400 and 700 nanometers in length, that their energy is just right to stimulate the cones in the retina, which in turn send electrical pulses to neurons and until they reach the back of the brain. There, we subjectively experience a yellow brightness occurring in a place we’ve been conditioned to call “the external world.” Other creatures receiving the identical stimulus may experience something different, such as a perception of gray, or even have an entirely dissimilar sensation. The point is, there isn’t a “bright yellow” light “out there” at all. WE are totally necessary for the experience of what we call a yellow flame. Again it’s correlative.
IS THE FALLEN TREE SOLID WHEN WE TOUCH IT.? This, too, is subject only to the human consciousness. The sensation of the tree being solid is determined strictly inside your brain, whose existence lies within the mind. The sensation of pressure is not caused by any contact with a solid, being that nothing solid actually meets any other solid. The sensation of pressure isn’t caused by any contact with a solid, but is simply a matter of atoms repelling one another. Because every atom has negatively charged electrons in its outer shells that repel each other; so the bark’s electrons repel yours and you feel a force stopping your fingers.
WE ARE NECESSARY FOR THE EXISTENCE OF RAINBOWS: When nobody’s there, there simply is no rainbow. As real as the rainbow looks, it requires your presence. If your eyes look directly opposite the sun, the water droplets will produce a rainbow surrounding that spot at a distance of 42 degrees. But your eyes must be located at that spot where the refracted light from the sunlit droplet converge, to complete the required geometry. A person next to you will see a separate rainbow. If the sunlit droplets are very nearby, the person may not see a rainbow at all. Your rainbow is yours alone. An eye-brain system (or its surrogate, a camera, whose results will only be viewed later by a conscious observer) must be present to complete the geometry. Few would dispute the subjective nature of rainbows, which figure so prominently in fairytales that they seem only marginally to belong to our world in the first place. It’s when we fully grasp that the sight of a skyscraper (or any other object) is just as dependent on the observer, that we’ve made the required leap to the true nature of things.
Before he died, Einstein said “Now Besso, my old friend, has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us … know that the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” It was Einstein’s theory of relativity that showed us space and time is indeed relative to the observer- but what happens when the observer dies? Death would be a separation of the consciousness from the physical – thus the conscious being would no longer be restrained by the time/space continuum which would simply vanish upon dead. We think that the past is past and the future the future. But as Einstein realized, this simply isn’t the case. In life reality, you can take any time- whether past or future -− as your frame of reference. Upon death, without the restraints of the time/space continuum, your consciousness would simply reboot itself to all potentialities. And according to the Tibetan Book of the Dead, here on this earth plane, you can actually create your new life after death. If you were to create a new life after death – what would you create? And if that is the life you wanted, why not create it now?
We assume there’s a universe “out there” separate from what we are, and that we play no role in its appearance. Yet since the 1920s, experiments have shown just the opposite; results do depend on whether anyone is observing. This is most vividly illustrated by the famous two-hole experiment. When you watch a particle go through the holes, it behaves like a bullet, passing through one hole or the other. But if no one observes the particle, it exhibits the behavior of a wave and can pass through both holes at the same time.
This and other experiments tell us that unobserved particles exist only as “waves of probability” as Max Born demonstrated in 1926. They’re statistical predictions — nothing but a likely outcome. Until observed, they have no real existence; only when the mind sets the scaffolding in place can they be thought of as having duration or a position in space. Experiments make it increasingly clear that even mere knowledge in the experimenter’s mind is sufficient to convert possibility to reality. Biocentrism tells us that reality is a process that involves our consciousness, and that space and time aren’t the hard objects we think. Recent experiments show that separate particles can influence each other instantaneously over great distances, as if they’re endowed with ESP. They’re intimately linked in a manner suggesting there’s no space or time influencing their behavior. In 1997 Nicolas Gisin sent pairs of particles zooming along optical fibers until they were seven miles apart. But whatever action one took, its twin performed the complementary action instantaneously. Since then, other researchers have duplicated Gisin’s work.
All of these experiments make perfect sense from a biocentric perspective. Everything we perceive is a whirl of information in our head. Time can be defined as the summation of spatial states occurring inside the mind. But that doesn’t mean there’s an invisible matrix in which changes occur. We watch our loved ones age and die and assume that an external entity called time is responsible for the crime. There’s a peculiar intangibility to space, as well. Like time, it’s just a tool of our understanding.
Future studies may confirm this biocentric view of the universe. Recently, Gisin announced a new twist on his experiment, and that the results could be visible to the naked eye. Another proposed new experiment, scaled-up superposition, may confirm that quantum effects apply to human-scale objects.
The underlying problem with science is that they have ignored a critical component of the universe. They have shunted it out of the way because we didn’t know what to do with it. This component is consciousness — us, the great observer.
“Someday, as the old paradigm breaks down, we’ll realize that the brain and how we perceive the world — are a mystery on par with understanding the universe and the origin of life. The solution to this mystery lies within our grasp, a solution hinted at by the frequency with which the old paradigm breaks down.” Dr. Lanza
by Mary Sutherland 2013