Robert Lanza is a medical doctor, scientist, Chief Scientific Officer of Advanced Cell Technology and Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He has done some leading work in stem cell research, and in 2007 published, along with Bob Berman, one of the most respected and widely read astronomers in the world, a new paradigm for thinking about consciousness.
It is our human impulse to see life as central to the existence of the universe, as in all mystical traditions. It is so fundamental that it may be ingrained in the way our psyche evolved, like the need for meaning and the idea of a supernatural deity. This theory of Lanza and Berman is no different in its focus on ME, baby, ME. Combining biology, physics, quantum mechanics and astrophysics, he puts together a really fascinating argument for the notion that it is consciousness that creates the physical universe, not the other way around. You know, without US, universe, you are NOTHING.
He emphasizes the interesting fact from quantum mechanics and quantum physics that the observer is crucial to the observed. That the wave form does no collapsing unless somebody is watching. He insists that nothing exists, except as a fog of probability, until an observer looks at it.
He claims that space and time are not objects or things, but rather tools of our animal understanding. He says we carry space and time around with us in our heads, and gives us the analogy of a DVD player and a DVD disc. The music or film exists, but it is not visible until we use the player, and then we can see or hear it. The universe is the same. It is this possibility, this collection of probabilities only, this is only a probability until we turn our gaze on it, at which time it materializes.
He suggests that consciousness was present at the conception of the universe and we are tapping into it. He puts out a lot of information supporting the idea that all is One, and that when our bodies die, our consciousness carries on, possibly in another dimension.
If you are a follower of the Asian philosophies, much of this book will feel rather deja vu. But it is not based on mysticism, religious beliefs, or any other New Age woo woo. It has a sound basis in science, and like any new out-of-the-box thinking, takes some getting used to. I mean, look what Galileo went through, right?
It is a complex theory, yet one that is accessible and understandable, but just not explainable in two or three paragraphs. If the idea intrigues you, I suggest you read the book. It is only a couple of hundred pages, every one of them darn interesting.