- slide 1 of 2
Principles of quantum physics have, over the years, slowly been working their way into mainstream thought, seeming to pounce on us and force us into reevaluating much of what we have been taught and taken for fact. These ideas feel strange and alien at first, but soon the logic and evidence seeps in and begins to affect our worldview as more and more authorities support the idea.
Biocentrism has long been debated in the philosophical arena of environmentalism, but new scientists and new studies are pushing the theory to the bounds of the cosmos itself. Biocentrism, simply stated, is the theory that instead of the universe creating life, life has, in fact, created the universe. The principle here is that consciousness, observation, and participation in the universe define the physical characteristics, structure, and interactions of the universe. The age-old psychological question, “Are we products of our environment?" is flipped around to ask, “Is our environment a product of us?"
In ancient times, this notion has pervaded the teachings of mystics and holy men – that consciousness defines all that is around it. Through all but the most recent years of the scientific age, it has remained with the mystics, until quantum physics came along and showed us that the mere act of observation not only affects, but can actually change, the outcome of possibilities in scientific studies on an atomic and subatomic scale. Psychologists in the last half of the 20th century scientifically re-proposed the Biocentric model in showing that all our measurements and our analysis of those measurements are filtered through a consciousness that is anything but scientifically uniform, having been conditioned through differing social and environmental forces.
Biocentrism recently has escaped the realm of the soft sciences, and once again is in the court of physics and hard science with the propositions of Dr. Robert Lanza, a noted cell biologist and geneticist. Lanza, in his featured article, “A New Theory of the Universe," published in The American Scholar, attempts to use Biocentrism to solve several scientific puzzles that have created obstacles in the elusive but sought-after “Theory of Everything."
Some of the issues that biocentrism addresses include how, through all the astronomical odds of randomness, the universe has formed in such a way as to be able to give birth to and sustain life. Biocentrism states that the universe is simply a logical set of rules that consciousness has created from the undetermined atomic/subatomic probabilities surrounding it. In other words, space and time have no basis in reality and come about only through conscious observance. As such the universe exists only as probability without a consciousness to define the results and thus without consciousness, exists only as indeterminate probability waves and not actual matter.
As mentioned earlier, the biocentric model of the universe is not new and is definitely not widely accepted. The principles of biocentrism are accepted now by a small group of quantum physicists and religious mystics, but with each passing decade, biocentrism does seem to be growing followers in the scientific community. Detractors of biocentrism cite that it is an interesting philosophy that attempts to explain the universe, but in the end it cannot explain itself. There is still a fundamental question that always exists, that original question first put into mathematics by Godel, who firmly believed there can be no Theory of Everything because questions will always exist that require new axioms to be added to the theory and the new axioms always allow for more questions.
Other detractors of biocentrism ask what purpose it can really serve and even if the theory is correct, it doesn’t change our models of the physical universe. A star is still a star and planets are still planets. To that, there is no argument. Science has brought humanity to a point in which we believe to understand what is around us, but biocentrism may lead to developments as to the origins of matter and to new discoveries of how human beings can interact with it and move through it. What are unfathomable ideas to us now, history shows, can one day be accepted as those ideas form the basis of new models of the universe.