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The book explains the paradoxes in physics more succinctly than any other I've come across. Even for the listener who hasn't heard them before, this very short book makes them understandable.
The author's brief biographical sketch about his youth and his sister are very moving and well worth listening to the book alone.
I don't agree with his theory that consciousness creates reality, but when he's writing those parts of the book he's writing like a poet and it flows perfectly.
He writes and explains so well that if the Imp of the Perverse gets on my shoulder at a party, I'd feel perfectly comfortable bringing up the points he lays out in the book and defending them as real while knowing all along that it's just pseudoscience.
It's easy to develop a pseudoscience while merging a theory of consciousness (I'd recommend "Who's in Charge" for a good book on consciousness) with the mysterious of physics (entanglement, double slit experiment, superposition, Copenhagen interruption and so on).
I enjoyed the book because it was so well written (and read). This book just goes to show one can reject the main theme but still learn a lot and be entertained.
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This is a fascinating book which posits that if we accept the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics on face value, a new understanding of the world is possible.
Lanza marries physics with Biology to produce a scientifically grounded world-view which he calls Biocentrism. In a nutshell, the theory states that the world doesn't exist in actuality until we observe it AND since all observation takes place inside the human brain, reality is wholly a construct of human consciousness. While this sounds somewhat audacious on the it's face, there is some extremely good science behind Lanza's amazingly understandable argument and the author presents his case in a manner which is accessible to all. Even if you don't have any previous knowledge of quantum weirdness, this book is comprehendible and, if for no other reason, this makes the book useful.
If you ever wanted to understand the basic strangeness of the quantum world but felt daunted by the scope of the task, read this book and it will make sense to you. If you are initiated into such subject matter and you've started to wonder why there's been no fundamental break throughs in our understanding of the world since the first half of the 20th century, read this book. It's possible that science has been speeding down the wrong track for 75 years because scientists refused to accept what physics experiments were telling them at face value.
Whether the theory of Biocentrism is actually right, wrong or somewhere in between, it's a fascinating and thought provoking read.
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