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Robert Lanza is one of the most respected scientists in the world—a US News & World Report cover story called him a “genius” and a “renegade thinker,” even likening him to Einstein. Lanza has teamed with Bob Berman, the most widely read astronomer in the world, to produce Biocentrism, a revolutionary new view of the universe.

Every now and then a simple yet radical idea shakes the very foundations of knowledge. The startling discovery that the world was not flat challenged and ultimately changed the way people perceived themselves and their relationship with the world. For most humans of the 15th century, the notion of Earth as ball of rock was nonsense. The whole of Western, natural philosophy is undergoing a sea change again, increasingly being forced upon us by the experimental findings of quantum theory, and at the same time, towards doubt and uncertainty in the physical explanations of the universe’s genesis and structure. Biocentrism completes this shift in worldview, turning the planet upside down again with the revolutionary view that life creates the universe instead of the other way around.

In this paradigm, life is not an accidental byproduct of the laws of physics. Biocentrism takes the reader on a seemingly improbable but ultimately inescapable journey through a foreign universe—our own—from the viewpoints of an acclaimed biologist and a leading astronomer. Switching perspective from physics to biology unlocks the cages in which Western science has unwittingly managed to confine itself. Biocentrism will shatter the reader’s ideas of life—time and space, and even death. At the same time it will release us from the dull worldview of life being merely the activity of an admixture of carbon and a few other elements; it suggests the exhilarating possibility that life is fundamentally immortal.

The 21st century is predicted to be the Century of Biology, a shift from the previous century dominated by physics. It seems fitting, then, to begin the century by turning the universe outside-in and unifying the foundations of science with a simple idea discovered by one of the leading life-scientists of our age. Biocentrism awakens in readers a new sense of possibility, and is full of so many shocking new perspectives that the reader will never see reality the same way again.
Biocentrism shocked the world with a radical rethinking of the nature of reality.

But that was just the beginning.

In Beyond Biocentrism, acclaimed biologist Robert Lanza, one of TIME Magazine’s "100 Most Influential People in 2014," and leading astronomer Bob Berman, take the reader on an intellectual thrill-ride as they re-examine everything we thought we knew about life, death, the universe, and the nature of reality itself.

The first step is acknowledging that our existing model of reality is looking increasingly creaky in the face of recent scientific discoveries. Science tells us with some precision that the universe is 26.8 percent dark matter, 68.3 percent dark energy, and only 4.9 percent ordinary matter, but must confess that it doesn’t really know what dark matter is and knows even less about dark energy. Science is increasingly pointing toward an infinite universe but has no ability to explain what that really means. Concepts such as time, space, and even causality are increasingly being demonstrated as meaningless.

All of science is based on information passing through our consciousness but science hasn’t the foggiest idea what consciousness is, and it can’t explain the linkage between subatomic states and observation by conscious observers. Science describes life as an random occurrence in a dead universe but has no real understanding of how life began or why the universe appears to be exquisitely designed for the emergence of life.

The biocentrism theory isn’t a rejection of science. Quite the opposite. Biocentrism challenges us to fully accept the implications of the latest scientific findings in fields ranging from plant biology and cosmology to quantum entanglement and consciousness.

By listening to what the science is telling us, it becomes increasingly clear that life and consciousness are fundamental to any true understanding of the universe. This forces a fundamental rethinking of everything we thought we knew about life, death, and our place in the universe.
This is the first of three planned volumes in the Methods in Enzymology series on the topic of stem cells. This volume is a unique anthology of stem cell techniques written by experts from the top laboratories in the world. The contributors not only have hands-on experience in the field but often have developed the original approaches that they share with great attention to detail. The chapters provide a brief review of each field followed by a “cookbook and handy illustrations. The collection of protocols includes the isolation and maintenance of stem cells from various species using “conventional and novel methods, such as derivation of ES cells from single blastomeres, differentiation of stem cells into specific tissue types, isolation and maintenance of somatic stem cells, stem cell-specific techniques and approaches to tissue engineering using stem cell derivatives. The reader will find that some of the topics are covered by more than one group of authors and complement each other. Comprehensive step-by-step protocols and informative illustrations can be easily followed by even the least experienced researchers in the field, and allow the setup and troubleshooting of these state-of-the-art technologies in other laboratories.

* Provides complete coverage spanning from derivation/isolation of stem cells, and including differentiation protocols, characterization and maintenance of derivatives and tissue engineering
* Presents the latest most innovative technologies
* Addresses therapeutic relevance including FDA compliance and tissue engineering
This is the second of three planned volumes in the Methods in Enzymology series on the topic of stem cells. This volume is a unique anthology of stem cell techniques focusing on adult stem cells, and written by experts from the top laboratories in the world. The contributors not only have hands-on experience in the field but often have developed the original approaches that they share with great attention to detail. The chapters provide a brief review of each field followed by a “cookbook and handy illustrations. The collection of protocols includes the isolation and maintenance of stem cells from various species using “conventional and novel methods, such as derivation of ES cells from single blastomeres, differentiation of stem cells into specific tissue types, isolation and maintenance of somatic stem cells, stem cell-specific techniques and approaches to tissue engineering using stem cell derivatives. The reader will find that some of the topics are covered by more than one group of authors and complement each other. Comprehensive step-by-step protocols and informative illustrations can be easily followed by even the least experienced researchers in the field, and allow the setup and troubleshooting of these state-of-the-art technologies in other laboratories.Provides complete coverage spanning from derivation/isolation of stem cells, and including differentiation protocols, characterization and maintenance of derivatives and tissue engineeringPresents the latest most innovative technologiesAddresses therapeutic relevance including FDA compliance and tissue engineering
This is the third of three planned volumes in the Methods in Enzymology series on the topic of stem cells. This volume is a unique anthology of stem cell techniques written by experts from the top laboratories in the world. The contributors not only have hands-on experience in the field but often have developed the original approaches that they share with great attention to detail. The chapters provide a brief review of each field followed by a “cookbook and handy illustrations. The collection of protocols includes the isolation and maintenance of stem cells from various species using “conventional and novel methods, such as derivation of ES cells from single blastomeres, differentiation of stem cells into specific tissue types, isolation and maintenance of somatic stem cells, stem cell-specific techniques and approaches to tissue engineering using stem cell derivatives. The reader will find that some of the topics are covered by more than one group of authors and complement each other. Comprehensive step-by-step protocols and informative illustrations can be easily followed by even the least experienced researchers in the field, and allow the setup and troubleshooting of these state-of-the-art technologies in other laboratories.Provides complete coverage spanning from derivation/isolation of stem cells, and including differentiation protocols, characterization and maintenance of derivatives and tissue engineeringPresents the latest most innovative technologiesAddresses therapeutic relevance including FDA compliance and tissue engineering
Principles of Cloning, Second Edition is the fully revised edition of the authoritative book on the science of cloning. The book presents the basic biological mechanisms of how cloning works and progresses to discuss current and potential applications in basic biology, agriculture, biotechnology, and medicine. Beginning with the history and theory behind cloning, the book goes on to examine methods of micromanipulation, nuclear transfer, genetic modification, and pregnancy and neonatal care of cloned animals. The cloning of various species—including mice, sheep, cattle, and non-mammals—is considered as well. The Editors have been involved in a number of breakthroughs using cloning technique, including the first demonstration that cloning works in differentiated cells done by the Recipient of the 2012 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine – Dr John Gurdon; the cloning of the first mammal from a somatic cell – Drs Keith Campbell and Ian Wilmut; the demonstration that cloning can reset the biological clock - Drs Michael West and Robert Lanza; the demonstration that a terminally differentiated cell can give rise to a whole new individual – Dr Rudolf Jaenisch and the cloning of the first transgenic bovine from a differentiated cell – Dr Jose Cibelli. The majority of the contributing authors are the principal investigators on each of the animal species cloned to date and are expertly qualified to present the state-of-the-art information in their respective areas.First and most comprehensive book on animal cloning, 100% revisedDescribes an in-depth analysis of current limitations of the technology and research areas to exploreOffers cloning applications on basic biology, agriculture, biotechnology, and medicine
Now in its fourth edition, Principles of Tissue Engineering has been the definite resource in the field of tissue engineering for more than a decade. The fourth edition provides an update on this rapidly progressing field, combining the prerequisites for a general understanding of tissue growth and development, the tools and theoretical information needed to design tissues and organs, as well as a presentation by the world’s experts of what is currently known about each specific organ system. As in previous editions, this book creates a comprehensive work that strikes a balance among the diversity of subjects that are related to tissue engineering, including biology, chemistry, material science, and engineering, among others, while also emphasizing those research areas that are likely to be of clinical value in the future.

This edition includes greatly expanded focus on stem cells, including induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, stem cell niches, and blood components from stem cells. This research has already produced applications in disease modeling, toxicity testing, drug development, and clinical therapies. This up-to-date coverage of stem cell biology and other emerging technologies –such as brain-machine interfaces for controlling bionics and neuroprostheses– is complemented by a series of new and updated chapters on recent clinical experience in applying tissue engineering, as well as a new section on the application of tissue-engineering techniques for food production. The result is a comprehensive textbook that will be useful to students and experts alike.

Includes new chapters on biomaterial-protein interactions, nanocomposite and three-dimensional scaffolds, skin substitutes, spinal cord, vision enhancement, and heart valvesOffers expanded coverage of adult and embryonic stem cells of the cardiovascular, hematopoietic, musculoskeletal, nervous, and other organ systemsFull-color presentation throughout
New discoveries in the field of stem cell research have frequently appeared in the news and in scientific literature. Research in this area promises to lead to new therapies for cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and a wide variety of other diseases.

This two-volume reference integrates this exciting area of biology, combining the prerequisites for a general understanding of adult and embryonic stem cells, the tools, methods, and experimental protocols needed to study and characterize stem cells and progenitor populations, as well as a presentation by the world's experts of what is currently known about each specific organ system.

The editors of the Handbook of Stem Cells include: Robert Lanza, Helen Blau, John Gearhart, Brigid Hogan, Douglas Melton, Malcolm Moore, Roger Pedersen, E. Donnall Thomas, James Thomson, Catherine Verfaillie, Irving Weissman, and Michael West. The Editorial Board includes: W. French Anderson, Peter Andrews, Anthony Atala, Jose Cibelli, Giulio Cossu, Robert Edwards, Martin Evans, Elaine Fuchs, Margaret Fuller, Fred Gage, Richard Gardner, Margaret Goodell, Ronald Green, William Haseltine, Joseph Itskovitz-Eldor, Rudolf Jaenisch, Ihor Lemischka, Dame Anne McLaren, Richard Mulligan, Stuart Orkin, Martin Pera, Benjamin Reubinoff, Janet Rossant, Hans Scholer, Austin Smith, Evan Snyder, Davor Solter, Alan Trounson, and Leonard Zon.

This comprehensive set should be a much-needed addition to the library of students and researchers alike.

* Provides comprehensive coverage on this highly topical subject
* Contains contributions by the foremost authorities and premiere names in the field of stem cell research
* The accompanying CD-ROM includes over 250 color figures
The opportunity that tissue engineering provides for medicine is extraordinary. In the United States alone, over half-a-trillion dollars are spent each year to care for patients who suffer from tissue loss or dysfunction. Although numerous books and reviews have been written on tissue engineering, none has been as comprehensive in its defining of the field. Principles of Tissue Engineering combines in one volume the prerequisites for a general understanding of tissue growth and development, the tools and theoretical information needed to design tissues and organs, as well as a presentation of applications of tissue engineering to diseases affecting specific organ systems. The first edition of the book, published in 1997, is the definite reference in the field. Since that time, however, the discipline has grown tremendously, and few experts would have been able to predict the explosion in our knowledge of gene expression, cell growth and differentiation, the variety of stem cells, new polymers and materials that are now available, or even the successful introduction of the first tissue-engineered products into the marketplace. There was a need for a new edition, and this need has been met with a product that defines and captures the sense of excitement, understanding and anticipation that has followed from the evolution of this fascinating and important field.

Key Features
* Provides vast, detailed analysis of research on all of the major systems of the human body, e.g., skin, muscle, cardiovascular, hematopoietic, and nerves
* Essential to anyone working in the field
* Educates and directs both the novice and advanced researcher
* Provides vast, detailed analysis of research with all of the major systems of the human body, e.g. skin, muscle, cardiovascular, hematopoietic, and nerves
* Has new chapters written by leaders in the latest areas of research, such as fetal tissue engineering and the universal cell
* Considered the definitive reference in the field
* List of contributors reads like a "who's who" of tissue engineering, and includes Robert Langer, Joseph Vacanti, Charles Vacanti, Robert Nerem, A. Hari Reddi, Gail Naughton, George Whitesides, Doug Lauffenburger, and Eugene Bell, among others
揭開意識之謎,還原生命起點

宇宙的誕生,絕非始於隨機的碰撞與爆炸......

是生命與意識形塑了宇宙!

超越《時間簡史》、《萬物簡史》,21世紀人類無法迴避的革命性宇宙論

 

◎諾貝爾生理學暨醫學獎得主|E. Donnall Thomas、NASA天文物理學家|David Thompson、台灣大學電機系教授|李嗣涔、前中華生命電磁學會理事長|樓宇偉、東吳大學物理學系名譽教授|陳國鎮、身心靈作家|李欣頻──重磅衝擊推薦

 

 

頂尖生物學家、幹細胞研究先驅 ╳ 知名天文學家

用「生命宇宙論」全新詮釋宇宙的基本原理

歷史上每隔一段時間就會出現一個簡單卻激進的觀點,足以撼動人類知識的根本。

例如,「地球不是平的」就是一項驚人發現,這項發現挑戰了人類對自己的理解,

也挑戰了人類對自己與地球關係的理解,最終還徹底改變了這些觀念。

有「二十一世紀愛因斯坦」美譽的頂尖生物學家、幹細胞先驅羅伯.蘭薩博士,

他與另外一位頂尖天文學家鮑伯.博曼合作撰寫本書,

透過「生命宇宙論」(Biocentrism),為人類的意識謎團提出一個全新的解答,

並提出許多令人震撼的新觀點,完整解釋宇宙的基本原理。

 

 

生命與意識,才是了解宇宙的基礎;

我們感覺到的真實,是與意識有關的過程!

物體是否真實存在?如果沒有看、思、聽等各種各樣的感知,我們還剩下什麼?

少了生物,又怎麼知道任何事物是否真的存在?

「森林中的一棵樹倒下,如果旁邊沒有人看見,它是否發出了聲音?」

事實上,如果沒有觀察者、耳朵和大腦,倒下的樹只會帶來空氣的波動。

你以為「存在」的實相,其實是大腦或心智所創造的,換句話說,是你轉動了宇宙。

 

 

宇宙專為生命量身打造,

是生命創造宇宙,而非宇宙創造生命!

既然宇宙可以擁有任何特性,為什麼卻「碰巧」擁有適合生命的特性?

如果宇宙的誕生真的只是隨機的粒子碰撞,隨機的自然過程怎麼可能創造出知覺(意識)?

「生命宇宙論」恰恰解答了這個謎題:是生命與意識形塑了宇宙!

量子理論告訴我們,沒有一顆「次原子粒子」是固定不動的,它們與觀察者息息相關,
少了有意識的觀察者,它們充其量只是一個尚未確定的機率。

如同發明「黑洞」一詞的約翰.惠勒所說,宇宙存在的先決條件是:「觀察者」必須存在。

 

 

時間和空間並非真的存在,

宇宙是你的大腦播放出來的!

時間和空間都是奇特的無形存在,我們無法把它拿起來或放在某處。

時間和空間,都需要生物觀察才得以存在,少了動物的感知,時間和空間根本不存在。

它們是詮釋跟理解的方式,它們是動物心理邏輯的一部分。

大腦就像是DVD播放機裡的電子儀器,是它讓你的宇宙活起來,

時間和空間都是神經元創造出來的主觀感受。

是扮演觀察者的動物創造了現實,而不是現實創造了觀察者。

唯有被感知到的東西才是真的,意識決定了一切。

 

 

「生命宇宙論」推證:死亡是不存在的!

如果現實是我們自己的意識產物,這種意識真的可以被消滅嗎?

如果「我」只是這副軀體,那麼我必然會死。

如果我是我的意識、經驗與感官,那麼我一定不會死!

這股內在能量不會因為軀體的死亡而消失,因為能量守恆是最正確無誤的科學原理之一,

能量是永垂不朽的,無法製造也無法消滅。

 

 

生命宇宙論的七大法則:

l   生命宇宙論第一法則:我們感知到的真實是一個與意識有關的過程。

l   生命宇宙論第二法則:外在感知與內在感知密不可分。兩者猶如硬幣的兩面,無法分割。

l   生命宇宙論第三法則:粒子與物體跟觀察者息息相關。少了有意識的觀察者,它們充其量只是處於一種尚未確定的機率波狀態。

l   生命宇宙論第四法則:少了意識的存在,「物質」處於尚未確定的機率狀態。意識存在前的任何宇宙只可能處於一種機率狀態。

l   生命宇宙論第五法則:宇宙結構唯有透過生命宇宙論才能解釋。宇宙專為生命量身打造,這一點合情合理,因為生命創造宇宙,而非宇宙創造生命。宇宙只是自我的全套時空邏輯。

l   生命宇宙論第六法則:少了動物的感知,時間根本不存在。我們用時間這種過程來感知宇宙內的變化。

l   生命宇宙論第七法則:空間跟時間一樣,並非物體或東西。空間是動物理解的一種形式,不具有獨立的真實性。我們隨身攜帶空間與時間,就像烏龜揹負著龜殼。因此沒有生命,事件就沒有絕對獨立存在的基礎。

 

 

國外好評重磅推薦:

「就像『時間簡史』一樣,這本書令人振奮,也讓生物學更加完整。(……)蘭薩提出生命宇宙論,把答案放在觀察者,而非被觀察者身上。這是一本奠基於科學與哲學的巨著,把生物學納入理論整合的核心。本書能吸引各種不同領域的讀者,因為它用全新的觀點探討人類存在這個亙古的問題。最重要的是,它會激發讀者思考。」

──愛德華.唐諾爾.湯馬斯(E. Donnall Thomas),1990年諾貝爾生理學暨醫學獎得主

 

「若是把蘭薩的論點放在更大的背景來看,它能發揮如哥白尼日心說般的顛覆效應。正如我們都知道是地球繞行太陽(人類才是發揮作用的因素),蘭薩提出由各種可能的結果所構成的所謂的『現實』,它的意義其實也是人類賦予的。我認為這是一個偉大的理論。」

──羅納德.葛林(Ronald Green),達特矛斯學院獲得柯漢夫婦基金贊助的道德學與人類價值觀研究教授、達特矛斯學院道德學研究所所長、知名宗教研究學者

 

「蘭薩是當代最優秀的學者,這次他再度大放異彩。《宇宙從我心中生起》運用人類數世紀以來的知識,把這些知識與人類聯繫起來,並指出生理上的限制使我們無法理解自身存在和宇宙的真面目。這個全新的理論一定能徹底改革未來數世紀人類的自然定律觀念。」

──安東尼.艾塔拉(Anthony Atala),國際知名科學家、維克弗斯特大學再生醫學研究所的教授兼所長

 

「是的,我們應該懷疑人類對空間與時間的感知是不是神經生理學的結果。是的,我們應該懷疑為什麼所有的條件剛好適合生命在地球上出現,從古菌演化成真核生物,最後演化成人類……我相信這本書能吸引許多讀者。我喜歡看挑戰我的既有觀念、發人深省的書,而不是只會說教的書。這本書絕對屬於前者。」

──史提芬.貝里(R. Stephen Berry),芝加哥大學化學系的詹姆斯法蘭克傑出服務榮譽教授、美國國家科學院會員、美國文理科學院副院長、麥克阿瑟獎的「創意獎」得主

 

「身為天文物理學家,我關注的是很大、很遠的物體,忽略了意識在宇宙中扮演的關鍵角色。蘭薩的書為我們敲響了一記警鐘:就算是在最大的尺度上,我們還是要仰賴心智才能感受真實。」

──大衛.湯普森(David Thompson),美國太空總署高達德太空飛行中心(Goddard Space Flight Center)天文物理學家

 

「蘭薩想出一個嶄新的方式,從生物學的觀點深入檢視現實。他的文章質疑科學家是否已經運用所有的工具去研究大自然。科學能否將生物學融入大統一理論?他提出一個新觀念來回答這個問題:生命宇宙論。」

──岡特.克萊特許卡(Gunther Kletetschka),美國太空總署高達德太空飛行中心地球物理學家、美國天主教大學的物理學研究教授、開發詹姆斯韋伯太空望遠鏡(James Webb Space Telescope)的主要科學家

 

「蘭薩從一個嶄新的、博大精深的觀點去檢視感知與意識如何形塑現實和共同經驗。這本書不但能讓讀者深入了解二十世紀的物理學與現代生物學,也提出了更寬廣的見解。」

──麥克.萊沙特(Michael Lysaght),布朗大學醫學科學暨工程學教授、布朗生醫工程學中心主任

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