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Biocentrism: Life and Consciousness Keys to Understanding Nature and Universe – Book Review

Biocentris.img0Author: Robert Lanza, MD with Bob Berman

Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc,6440 N. Central Expressway, Suite 503, Dallas, TX

Copyright: 2009, ISN 1935251743

Cover: David Drummond, Slamander Hill Design

Reviewed by: Lynard Barnes, November 23, 2014

Summary: BIOCENTRISM is an essential starting reference for examining quantum mechanics and human consciousness. It will probably be ten years before neuroscience catches up to where author Lanza starts in this book. By then, the questions raised by the content of BIOCENTRISM may be closer to having empirical answers.


Dr. Lanza sets forth seven principles of what he calls biocentrism. The essence of biocentrism is that what we perceive as reality (perception being consciousness) takes places beyond the biochemical and electrical conduits of our brains. Lanza cites but does not dwell extensively on the overwhelming evidence supporting this conclusion.

The way to read BIOCENTRISM is to look at it as a question. The questions are summarized in Lanza’s Seven Principles of Biocentrism. The gist of Lanza’s exposition is not new. Old ideas in new words: the synthesis of neuroscience and quantum theory. Intermingling current popular science with mysticism has been around for a long time. The quest for the seat of consciousness has, up to now, been the domain of mysticism. In the late and early 19th to 20th centuries, ectoplasm, energy fields and vibrations are just a few of the concepts lifted and adopted from science by spiritualist to explain the non-science of various belief systems.

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The Invisible History of the Human Race – Book Review

InvisibleHistoryoftheHumanRaceAuthor: Christine Kenneally

Publisher: VIKING, Penguin Group, 375 Hudson Street, NY, NY 10014

Copyright: 2014, ISBN: 0670025558

Cover: Jason Ramirez, Ben Wiseman, Nicole Clea

Reviewed by: Lynard Barnes, November 20, 2014



Summary: Genetics from the perspective of community groupings and heritage derived from community history. Couple of interesting factoids but nothing new except the reporting of an apparent verbal wrestling match between historians and genealogist about the relevancy of genetics in history.



If there is an argument between genealogists and historians about the significance of genealogy in history it is an argument, most likely, started by genealogists. If there is such an argument, and I am not saying there is, it must, by its inherent constitutional disposition, be the most inane arguments imaginable. Case in point, the gist of the “genealogy is important in history” argument provided in THE INVISIBLE HISTORY OF THE HUMAN RACE. This book is really delightful and engaging reading but it has a tendency to wonder.

Genealogy and the tracks of History

Immediately after reading Kenneally’s book, I started reading REBEL YELL by S. C. Gwynne. Funny how one thing leads into another—or funny not. Though REBEL YELL reads as if it was written by a Jackson relative, Gwynne recounts the seemingly incredible story of Thomas “Stonewall” J. Jackson who went from being an unpopular physics professor to a general in the U. S. Confederate Army. In passing, Gwynne also provides a glance into the pre-Civil War life of Ulysses S. Grant, William Tecumseh Sherman, and a few others. It is difficult to consider the X and Y chromosomes of these men when you consider where they started and where they ended up. They all ended up dead of course. But the journey from their start of life to their death could not have been predicted by examining a configuration of genes. Surly even a genealogist would not argue with that: Nor would a historian.

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The Wisdom of Near-Death Experiences – Book Review

WisdomofNearDeathExperiencesTh.img0Author: Dr. Penny Sartori
Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Watkins Publishing Limited, [email protected]
Copyright: 2014, ISBN: 1780285658
Reviewed by: Lynard Barnes, November 15, 2014

Summary: The internal battle within the medical community to gain acceptance for the validity of near-death experiences.


Before you ask, there are about seven thousand people who die each day in the United States. (Around ninety-five of those are suicides). Though few of us like to talk about it, death is as natural as birth. For one we mourn, for the other we celebrate. The mystery of death versus unfolding adventure of life: suppose they are the same?
About three-fourths of THE WISDOM OF NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES is about near-death experiences. The other fourth is an argument attempting to get the medical industry to accept the validity of what is purely a subjective experience.

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