Why Are You Here?

Robert Lanza, M.D.

Robert Lanza, M.D.

Scientist, Theoretician

Posted: November 12, 2010 08:48 AM

Why Are You Here? A New Theory May Hold the Missing Piece

Biocentrism, a new theory of everything, provides the missing piece.

Although classical evolution does an excellent job of helping us
understand the past, it fails to capture the driving force. Evolution
needs to add the observer to the equation. Indeed, Niels Bohr, the great
Nobel physicist, said, “When we measure something we are forcing an
undetermined, undefined world to assume an experimental value. We are
not ‘measuring’ the world, we are creating it.” The evolutionists are
trying to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. They think we, the
observer, are a mindless accident, debris left over from an explosion
that appeared out of nowhere one day.

Cosmologists propose that the universe was until recently a lifeless

collection of particles bouncing against each other. It’s presented as a
watch that somehow wound itself up, and that will unwind in a
semi-predictable way. But they’ve shunted a critical component of the
cosmos out of the way because they don’t know what to do with it. This
component, consciousness, isn’t a small item. It’s an utter mystery,
which we think has somehow arisen from molecules and goo.

How did inert, random bits of carbon ever morph into that Japanese guy who always wins the hot-dog-eating contest? In short, attempts to explain the nature of the universe, its

origins, and what’s really going on require an understanding of how the
observer, our presence, plays a role. According to the current paradigm,
the universe, and the laws of nature themselves, just popped out of
nothingness. The story goes something like this: From the Big Bang until
the present time, we’ve been incredibly lucky. This good fortune
started from the moment of creation; if the Big Bang had been
one-part-in-a-million more powerful, the cosmos would have rushed out
too fast for the galaxies and stars to have developed. If the
gravitational force were decreased by a hair, stars (including the Sun)
wouldn’t have ignited. There are over 200 physical parameters like this
that could have any value but happen to be exactly right for us to be
here. Tweak any of them and you never existed.

But our luck didn’t stop with the laws, forces, and constants of the universe. Sahelanthropus tchadensis, Orrorin tugenensis, Ardipithecus ramidus, Australopithecus anamensis, A. afarensis, Kenyanthropus platyops, A. africanus, A. garhi, A. sediba, A. aethiopicus, A. robustus, A. boisei, Homo habilis, H. georgicus, and H. erectus

— among other hominid species — all went extinct. Even the
Neanderthals went extinct. But alas, not us! Indeed, we happen to be the
only species of Hominina that made it.

Our special luck continues in the present time. Asteroids could

strike Earth at any time, producing a surface-charring blast of heat,
followed by years of dust that would freeze and/or starve us to death.
Nearby stars could go supernova, their energy destroying the ozone layer
and sterilizing the Earth with radiation. And a supervolcano could
shroud the Earth in dust. These are just a few (out of billions) of
things that could go wrong.

The story of evolution reads just like “The Story of the Three

Bears,” In the nursery tale, a little girl named Goldilocks enters a
home occupied by three bears and tries different bowls of porridge; some
are too hot, some are too cold. She also tries different chairs and
beds, and every time, the third is “just right.” For 13.7 billion years
we, too, have had chronic good luck. Virtually everything has been “just
right.”

It’s a fascinating story to tell children, but claiming that it’s all

a “dumb” accident is no more helpful than saying “God did it.” Loren
Eiseley, the great naturalist, once said that scientists “have not
always been able to see that an old theory, given a hairsbreadth twist,
might open an entirely new vista to the human reason.” The theory of
evolution turns out to be the perfect case in hand. Amazingly, it all
makes sense if you assume that the Big Bang is the end of the chain of physical causality, not the beginning.

Indeed, according to biocentrism, it’s us, the observer, who create

space and time (which is the reason you’re here now). Consider
everything you see around you right now. Language and custom say it all
lies outside us in the external world. Yet you can’t see anything
through the vault of bone that surrounds your brain. Your eyes aren’t
just portals to the world. In fact, everything you experience, including
your body, is part of an active process occurring in your mind. Space
and time are simply the mind’s tools for putting it all together.

Theoretical physicists Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow recently stated:There is no way to remove the observer — us — from our perceptions of the world … In classical physics, the past is assumed to exist as a

definite series of events, but according to quantum physics, the past,
like the future, is indefinite and exists only as a spectrum of
possibilities.”

If we, the observer, collapse these possibilities (that is, the past

and future) then where does that leave evolutionary theory, as described
in our schoolbooks? Until the present is determined, how can there be a
past? The past begins with the observer, us, not the other way around
as we’ve been taught.

The observer is the first cause, the vital force that collapses not

only the present but the cascade of past spatio-temporal events we call
evolution. “If, instead of identifying ourselves with the work,” said
Ralph Waldo Emerson, “we feel that the soul of the workman streams
through us, we shall find the peace of the morning dwelling first in our
hearts, and the fathomless powers of gravity and chemistry, and, over
them, of life, pre-existing within us in their highest form.”

“Biocentrism” (co-authored with astronomer Bob Berman) lays out Lanza’s theory of everything.

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