When it comes to science, there are always new frontiers being pushed, and consequently, our understanding of the world around us, even of life and the nature of the universe, should be continuously shifted forward by how science changes us.
Every so often, though, our ideas are blown away by new radical discoveries.
For instance, consider this new theory of quantum mechanics, which is blowing plenty of minds:
The physical matter around us—for instance, the screen on which you're reading, the chair in which you're sitting, the sounds around you—do not exist except as a result of processes in your brain.
And the implications of the theory, especially as they relate to life after death, are profound.
But let's return to the theory for a moment. As the quantum mechanic theory of Biocentrism notes, consciousness may be defined as an awareness of a world around us, and outside of us, but the truth is, the way we experience that world is entirely created in our consciousness. As such, there is no such thing as "out there."
This can be understood as the first principle of Biocentrism, as explained by Dr Robert Lanza in his book, Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness Are the Keys to Understanding the Nature of the Universe: “What we perceive as reality is a process that involves our consciousness. An ‘external’ reality, if it existed, would—by definition—have to exist in space. But this is meaningless, because space and time are not absolute realities but rather tools of the human and animal mind.”
As Biocentrism sees it, universes come from life, rather than life from universes. Biology, then, is the key to philosophy.
And while this may at first sound a bit, well, out there, Lanza's not. In fact, in addition to his expertise as a stem cell expert and noted scientist, he made TIME Magazine's 2014 list of the hundred most influential people in the world, was named one of Prospect Magazine's "World Thinkers 2015," and was even voted the third most important scientist alive by the New York Times.
So Lanza's clearly credentialed, and his theory has picked up some credence in certain circles.
As Lanza himself notes, the theory itself is in some ways rather simple. Biocentrism, he says, shows space and time are tools our mind uses to create the language of consciousness. In fact, Lanza says, when we dream our minds do the same thing, creating a spatio-temporal reality just as real to our brains as the ones we live in while awake.
“At death there‘s a break in our linear stream of consciousness, and thus a break in the linear connection of times and places. Indeed, biocentrism suggests it’s a manifold that leads to all physical possibilities. More and more physicists are beginning to accept the ‘many-worlds’ interpretation of quantum physics, which states that there are an infinite number of universes. Everything that can possibly happen occurs in some universe.”
But that's not all he says. As he continues,
“Death doesn’t exist in these scenarios, since all of them exist simultaneously regardless of what happens in any of them. The ‘me’ feeling is just energy operating in the brain. But energy never dies; it cannot be destroyed.”
Check out the video below, as Lanza explains his theory.
*This content was inspired by an amazing article that can be found here.
Written by Baraka Mistretta