With all the knowledge of evolutionary science explaining how life evolved into the vast array of species on planet Earth, science does not yet know how life began. How did inorganic matter transition into living organisms, let alone consciousness? A knee jerk response from many would be to say “God did it,” ending all inquiry and contributing nothing to understanding the mystery of life.
WWWFor a century theoretical physicists have been on the quest to solve the Theory of Everything, uniting Einstein’s Theory of Relativity with Quantum Physics into a concise equation which elegantly expresses how the universe works, reconciling the large with the tiny. It has been exasperatingly elusive. Science writer John Horgan has a $1.000 wager with theoretical physicist Michio Kaku that no one will win a Nobel Prize for a unified theory by the year 2020. There very well may be an element that’s not being accounted for in the quest for the unified theory—an oversight. It may very well be consciousness. Science has already proven it to be a player in the physical world.
WWWCould it be mere coincidence that the laws of the universe are precisely aligned without which life could never exist, where over 200 physical parameters in the universe are existing in exquisite balance? For example, if the Big Bang were .000001 more powerful, galaxies wouldn’t have a chance to develop along with life. If the nuclear force were decreased by 2%, atomic nuclei would tear apart where the only atoms that could exist would be hydrogen. If the electromagnetic force was reduced slightly, protons would quickly decay rendering it impossible for elements to exist, and if the gravitational force was a teeny less powerful, stars wouldn’t combust. One would be hard pressed to adhere to randomness and coincidence in light of these in-your-face factors. Now, a new monumentally revolutionary theory is saying that life itself may be the creator of the perceived universe.
WWW Could physics be on the verge of a new paradigm in solving the mystery of life? Science has taken us to a point of such sophistication, that scientists have come face-to-face with forces that are so enigmatic, they raise questions about the fundamental nature of reality, a reality that is playing by a different set of rules. It seems that many of our leading scientists are so challenged by these discoveries, they are turning a willful blind eye to their implications.
Dr. Robert Lanza is a world renowned scientist, and was depicted by The New York Times as one of the three most important scientists alive today. He is Vice President of Research and Scientific Development at Advanced Cell Technology and a professor at Wake Forest School of Medicine, authoring twenty scientific books. When Lanza was thirteen he altered the DNA of a chicken changing its color, and was the first person to clone an endangered species, a leading world expert in stem cell research. He’s written the book, Biocentrism. A term that may be a bit intimidating. So, what’s biocentrism? It’s his concept that proposes biology to be the foundational science for understanding the universe rather than physics. Wow. And there are scientists who agree with him, but not boldly.
WWWLanza combines physics with biology, emphasizing the conscious awareness of the observer, us, as the central component in the equation of The Theory of Everything, because consciousness, our perception, is what creates our reality. We perceive the world out there to be separate from us, when in actuality nothing exists without it being observed. Reality emanates from us, conscious awareness is the creator of our world. I must confess, this is difficult for me to wrap my mind around, and is akin to telling a group of people in the 13th century that the Earth is a giant spherical rock that floats in space, rather than flat. It’s indeed radical, but may very well be true, as quantum physics supports Lanza’s hypothesis.
WWWIt is an irrefutable scientific fact that when studying quantum physics, sub atomic particles are altered merely by the act of observing them, as proven in the double slit experiment over and again. When observed, these particles act as units of matter, and when unobserved act as waves, undeniably proving that our consciousness is inextricably entangled with what is being observed and measured, affecting the results the observer gets. The premise that physical states of matter are independent of conscious observation is now archaic, therefore, attempting to develop an equation solving The Theory of Everything without factoring in this new element of reality, is folly, an exercise in futility. The mind-bending reality—physical events do not occur, nor does the physical world exist on its own, independent of life. Based on our experiences in this world, it’s the most counterintuitive concept one can imagine. Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University, Richard Conn Henry says this,
So what Lanza says in this book is not new. Then why does Robert have to say it all? It is because we, the physicists, do not say it—or if we do say it, we only whisper it, and in private—furiously blushing as we mouth the words. True, yes; politically correct, hell no.
Time, in Lanza’s concept, is an illusion, a subjective experience, a tool of the mind that perceives a flow of events. In an article Lanza wrote titled, A New Theory of the Universe, for The American Scholar, he compares time to an old phonograph record, that the act of listening to one part of it does not for a moment change the record itself as a whole. He goes on to compare that any music before and after the segment being listened to, relates to the past and future. The record holds it all. Likewise, nature holds it all, everything still exists simultaneously, yet we can only experience an event one segment at a time, and if we had access to it all, we could experience any part of it out of sequence, past, present, and future. And he noted that Einstein also recognized it to be true when he stated “the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”
WWWThe concept of space, like time, is also a perception and not, as Lanza writes, an “external physical object.” And quantum physics also supports this theory with the discovery of quantum entanglement proven by John Bell’s experiments now known as Bell’s Theorem. When two quantum particles are aligned, they take on an inexplicable ability to respond to each other instantaneously even if separated by light-years, linked as if they are Siamese twins, impervious to spacetime. When one particle changes its spin, immediately causes the other to change also. This action flies in the face of Einstein’s universal rule that nothing travels faster than light—he coined it, “spooky action at a distance.” Space and time are then our perceptions, emanating from within us, not from outside of us, not independent from us. Our linear concept of time and space is irrelevant to nature. We are the creators of the universe through our consciousness. Yes, it’s difficult to grasp, easy to dismiss, almost an assault to our senses, as was the round Earth idea to our distant ancestors.
Biocentrism suggests that life is immortal. If time in not linear, an illusion, then death cannot exist because all events past, present and future coexist, just as all the music still exists on the phonograph record.
Neuroscientists can determine how our brains perceive things like color, smell, taste, and shape, and where within the brain it takes place. It is about function, but woefully inadequate in determining how these individual functions give rise to conscious experience. How does a group of cells in the brain create consciousness? How does it arise from matter?
WWWIt is our encapsulated brain, not the eyes, ears, nose, or touch, that experiences our reality. It comes from within, an active process of the mind, where reality exists only because of your consciousness. Robert Lanza tells us, “The universe bursts into existence from life” (italics mine). Consciousness is what delivers our reality, each and every one of us, and doesn’t seem to emanate from physical laws. Consciousness is the great mystery, yet the scientific community continues to treats it as an afterthought.
WWWIf theoretical physicists create an equation that eloquently explains the Theory of Everything without consciousness as a central component, Lanza’s hypothesis most likely will be put to rest. If that quest continues to elude our greatest minds, there probably will be no choice but to look at the miracle of consciousness in a totally different light. If consciousness creates reality, how could it not be integrated into the equation?