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242 of 253 people found the following review helpful
This is an inspiring book that gives great evidence that we are truly on the verge of a great shift in consciousness--but unlike many books this is not based on wishful thinking or "New Age fluff," but rather historical and scientific evidence. In this book Bruce Lipton, famous for writing about the biological proof that our beliefs create much of our reality, pairs up with Steve Bhaerman, the humorous social commentator that writes comically as "Swami Beyondananda," thus making this a blend of history, science and philosophy with humor sprinkled throughout.

In Part I we learn all about how we are programmed with certain beliefs, as we are in the hypnogogic state as children. Our unconscious perceptions (which influence 95% of our behavior!) are formed and these later control our behavior: this happens at the cellular and human level. This is why positive thinking can only do so much, since it stems from the self-conscious mind (which influences a mere 5% of our behavior). As the authors state, "Perhaps instead of original sin, we should be talking about original misperception."

In Part I we are also given the history of the balance between matter and spirit that our paradigms have reflected--everything from animism (8,000 BC) to neo-darwinism (1953) and most recently the discoveries learned from the Human Genome Project. The premise of the book is that around 2012, we will have a new paradigm, called "Holism." In other words, we as a people need to come together and work together in harmony just as well as our cells work together for the good of the body. 700 million years ago, single-celled organisms realized they could live longer and better if they worked together intelligently as one organism. We are now at that pivotal crossroads on the macrocosm level: either we all work together in harmony, or we as a race will die!

Part II breaks four myths in our scientific paradigm: The idea that the physical world we see is all there is; the survival of the fittest concept; the idea that we are victims of our genes and that genes are our destiny; and the concept that evolution is random.

Part III is all about the new paradigm of Holism, in which we manifest our "humanifest destiny." A forecast for a very optimistic future is given, based on societal trends.

The most important and timely chapter is "A Healthy Commonwealth," since it exposes how corrupt and unfair our current banking system is, in which the fractional reserve system allows banks to make money out of thin air. As this book explains in more detail, it works like this: Say you get a loan for $1,000. The bank gives you 10% of the loan from money it has ($100) and creates the rest, 90% (in this case $900) out of thin air. Most money is no more than a few digits on a computer! But here's where it gets really interesting: You are supposed to pay back $1100 (if the interest is 10%). But that extra $100 was never created.

This means that there is simply not enough money made for everyone to pay back their loans! For the banks, it is hardly a problem as long as collateral is involved: They get to take a foreclosed house back, for much, much more money than what they invested--since 90% of the money they lent you was created out of air. (Gee, wish I could do that!)

What we need is money based on real wealth. A compassionate banking system in which money is backed by value instead of created out of debt will be the foundation for global prosperity. No more indentured servants! This book offers a model for that.

The authors use a lot of analogies, stories, facts and humor to prove their points. Throughout the text, there is a comparison of what happens at the microscopic level of cells to what is happening to us as humans. Our innate desire to survive will enable us to make the quantum leap taken by cells millions of years ago. At the end of reading it, you will be convinced that indeed, there is great hope for humanity, despite all the "darkness before the dawn."

Susan Schenck, author of The Live Food Factor: The Comprehensive Guide to the Ultimate Diet for Body, Mind, Spirit & Planet
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Beyond Broccoli, Creating a Biologically Balanced Diet When a Vegetarian Diet Doesn't Work
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513 of 549 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2009
I bought Dr. Lipton's The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, & Miracles a few weeks ago and was delighted and thrilled with the book and the insights it contained. In particular, I especially appreciated the various pieces of scientific evidence he provided, such as the Human Genome Project's findings, the enucleated cell scenario (a cell can survive for weeks or even longer with no DNA, no nucleus), the discovery that RNA can re-write DNA in certain circumstances, the notion of epigenetics (control above genes) with a scientific experiment involving mice as proof that the expression of genes can be influenced (at least in some cases) by environment. Mostly, however, I appreciated the journey of discovery that Dr. Lipton shared with us--indeed, that he took us along for. I felt in reading that book that I was right there, being SHOWN the steps along the way, the path. And it was amazing.

Now, I'm a scientist by training and profession--I work at Cornell university's particle accelerator--and by now I have a pretty good sense of when something is and isn't supported by actual scientific evidence. I'm not an atheist (nor am I a "believer") and I don't hold with the notion that only matter matters, nor with the thought that if something isn't objectively proven by scientific experiment it isn't "real".

However . . . in my opinion, one of the weaknesses of The Biology of Belief was that it often jumped a lot of steps from initial evidence and discovery and acquaintance to end-result. For example, OK, the membrane is the brain of the cell, and uses receptor and effector molecules to receive input from the outside and turn that into action, response. Check. Got it. Well established in the book and very enjoyable to read about. Mind blowing, really! I loved it. But then, there is talk about receiving electromagnetic information, in addition to chemical cues (such as hormones). OK. Cool. But what sort of EM? How do we know this? Yes, EM is fantastically more suited to information processing vs. chemical, but what EXPERIMENTS were done to probe the EM reception of cells? None were mentioned.

And, BAM! Suddenly we've jumped to BELIEF. Belief is the communication with our cells via an EM field. (Or maybe it's THE FIELD! OMG!) OK. Listen, it's not that I disbelieve this notion. I suspect there's something to it. And in my own life I've directly, personally experienced the power of my "mind-set" over my perceptions and wellbeing. I get it. I'm not trying to be a scoffer or a "debunker". Really, Im not. But, if you want to claim that your book is based on "new science" then, YOU'VE GOT TO SHOW ME THE SCIENCE. Otherwise, I can read any number of exciting and mind-blowing new age type books (and I'm not knocking the term "new age", by the way)--books that are very light on serious proof and scientific evidence, and very heavy on the message and meaning and what-we-need-to-do and how the world is all screwed up in this way or that way.

So, that was the weakness of The Biology of Belief, in my humble opinion. There were definite jumps in the evidence trail where you got taken by helicopter to a higher level. That doesn't make it untrue, but it does make it unscientifically grounded. Or at least undocumented.

I expected that Spontaneous Evolution was going to address these gaps. I wanted to hear MORE MORE MORE about epigenetics and evolution and experiments and etc. and etc. And, to be fair, to some extent, Spontaneous Evolution delivered on that. I was thrilled to read about Cairn's experiments with bacteria that showed that they could, in times of environmental stress, turn on a sloppy DNA copying mechanism that resulted in a great many more mutations than normal. And directed mutations, directed toward one specific gene that wasn't doing its' job. I loved it. Good stuff. And there was some good stuff about the evolution from primitive bacteria, how they formed colonies to better survive, and how these then became the more complicated cells that have a nucleus and organelles and so on. And then these form multi-celled organisms, and finally that organisms can be thought to be forming a super-organism: humanity. OK. Fine. But, honestly, you've just gotten about as much scientific content from my brief description as was provided in the book. If the Biology of Belief could be said to be more about exploration and explanation, Spontaneous Evolution is more about presentation: a summary and "big picture" of Dr. Lipton and Steve Bhaerman's BELIEFS.

Beliefs are fine. OK. But the notion that this book is different than other "New Age Fluff" because it is grounded in science is optimistic at best, and more or less incorrect in my opinion. The beliefs are HARMONIOUS with science, in my opinion, and I share many of them. I'm not trying to knock them! But, I wasn't expecting a book of presentation of beliefs. I was expecting something more, something different, something a lot more like The Biology of Belief.

Oh, and can I just complain about the writing style for a minute. Maybe it came from Mr. Bhaerman, or maybe Dr. Lipton just didn't keep as close a reign on his whimsy as before--or maybe I was in a less forgiving mood than before--but for whatever reason, the constant neologisms (nay, malapropisms might be more apt) really got under my skin. "Thrival of the Fittingest" (seriously). And "Scare-City" (for scarcity). And preverberation (for pre reverberation). And "mine-ing" for corporations saying MINE MINE MINE. They are "mining". Get it? And "from Lamb-o to Rambo" (for Jesus lamb of God, to law of the jungle where John Rambo rules.) And here's a typical Bhaerman-ism "When your only intention is looking out for number one, everyone and everything else gets treated like number two." (from "Swami Beyondananda"). Seriously, it felt like any time they COULD mess with a word, they DID mess with a word. I found it distracting and annoying.

Moving on, let me talk about quantum mechanics. First, yes, the wave function is the governing description of the particle at the quantum scale. But, physicists are rolling their eyes everywhere (or would be) on finding out that this means that "matter doesn't exist". Sorry, but that's not what a physicist will tell you. And it's not what Einstein meant when he talked about the governing field of a particle. In a very real sense, the wave function IS the particle, or is a description of the particle. It is not a negation of the notion of matter! I will agree, however, that it IS a negation of the Newtonian conception of matter as a hard billiard ball that is always at a specific place with a specific momentum. But, just because the OBSERVATION affects the particle--collapses the wave function--that DOES NOT prove that it was the CONSCIOUSNESS of the observer that did it! Honestly, I have no idea why physicists have been letting that get smuggled into things for so long now! In the Shrodinger's Cat paradox, for example, the observation IS THE GEIGER COUNTER. That is where the transition from mico to macro realms takes place. There is no need to invoke the consciousness of the cat or of the human who eventually opens the box. Feynman alludes to this in his Lectures when he says that nature doesn't care if we look at the data or not.

So, that simple fact of the observation collapsing the wave function does not prove that the consciousness is a co-creator of reality. However, it does not DISPROVE it either. And, indeed, there are experiments--real valid scientific experiments--that suggest that human intention can and does affect reality. I highly recommend Dean Radin's The Conscious Universe: The Scientific Truth of Psychic Phenomena for more information on this. But, anyway, the point is that without actual experiment you can't make the LEAP from one thing to the other and call it "scientific" just because your leaping off point was vaguely scientific. Clear?

And this is precisely what Spontaneous Evolution does far FAR too often. I wanted to LOVE this book. I was really looking forward to it. But I only can say that I like it. It's a decent and very ambitious overview of much enlightened "new age" "new science" type views. If you don't really know what I mean by this, you'll probably like this book a lot more than I did.

Anyway, here is a specific example where I felt REALLY let down:

HOW DID WE GET HERE? THE HOLISTIC VIEW

Cosmologists agree that before the appearance of matter the Universe was comprised of an entangled matrix of invisible energy referred to as the field. After the Big Bang, estimated to have occurred 15 billion years ago, physical matter precipitated out of that energy field and has been entangled with it ever since.

The principles of quantum mechanics emphasize the primacy of energy fields in their influence over matter. Consequently, the Universe's matter is organized by information, represented as energy patterns contained within the field. The principles of quantum mechanics lend support to Socrates' notion that invisible forms, or souls, are responsible for shaping the physical realm.

Because the field's information existed prior to the material world, we can easily entertain the notion of CREATIONISM in which an organism's form existed in the field as a defined energy pattern before the physical organism appeared on the planet.

Over a period lasting billions of years, Earth's physical matter gradually assembled into complex physical forms that complement the field's invisible information patterns. In linear time, the first living organisms to appear on the planet were simple bacteria. Through the use of adaptive mutation mechanisms and epigenetic modifications, primitive cells were able to select and alter their genetic code in order to better accommodate their environmental niches. Heredity-modifying processes provided living organisms with a mechanism to continuously adapt to new and ever-changing environments.

The time-dependent process of assembling physical matter into cells followed by the assembly of cells into complex organisms, such as humans, represents the linear process of evolution. Therefore, it appears that the origins of the biosphere's organisms are derived from both creation and evolution processes.

*****

Got that? It's simple. Creationists and evolutionists are both right. And so was Socrates. And any physicist will affirm this. . . . err, right? Won't they? Well, no, actually, you'd lose even the cosmologist certainly by the point of Socrates' notion of forms and souls, and probably before that. Maybe this is right! Maybe this is EXACTLY how it "really" is. But, it ain't science, my friend. Not even close. Science fiction more like. And, don't get me wrong. I love science fiction. But, personally, I do NOT think that the T-Rex was sitting in "the field" at the big bang, as a sort of Socratic form. Also, I've never heard about "the field" in relation with the big bang. Maybe it's just because I haven't studied quantum cosmology all that carefully yet. Or maybe it's because it's not a generally accepted term. In any case, if you liked what you just read, then you'll love Spontaneous Evolution. But, if, like me, you find the above unsatisfying, you will find a lot more of it in this book. Be prepared. (Or just buy The Biology of Belief instead.)

Also, I was very disappointed that Dr. Lipton set up a sort of straw-man of current evolutionary theory by saying that mainstream evolutionists think that evolution is random, and akin to a thousand monkeys typing for a thousand years and eventually producing Hamlet or something. Not so. Mutations are random, they would say, yes. But selection is NOT. That is a strict function of environment and fitness. Mr Dawkins' "Climbing Mount Improbable" comes to mind. And please note that I am NOT a fan of Dawkins. (And I was very interested to read in Spontaneous Evolution that the CEO of Enron's favorite book was The Selfish Gene.)

Anyway, I am probably giving more of a negative impression than I really want to, so let me balance this out with some of the strengths of this book. I think that the dismantling of the four myth-perceptions was quite well done, and I appreciated (and agree with) the material on brain-waves and childhood development and the programming of the unconscious that we all received (and need to revisit and revise). And there was some solid stuff on the economy (a la The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve and some good stuff on health-care. And I'm on board with the whole message of "we're all in this together" and that cooperation is the real message of Evolution as opposed to competition. There's some good stuff in here, to be sure.

So, overall, it's an OK book and it's more or less worth reading. But for me, I'm sorry to say that after The Biology of Belief, it was a disappointment.
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In a recent presentation to the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), Dr. Lipton stated that our future will focus on these themes and thus we "will explore how advances in epigenetics, quantum biophysics, and fractal geometry reveal that civilization is poised on the threshold of a major evolutionary event--the emergence of a new giant 'multicellular organism' called humanity." Further, he outlined the "compelling scientific evidence how our collective perceptions are contributing to global crises, and how, by changing those perceptions, civilization will evolve and thrive into the future."

Therefore, I say this is NOT a book; rather it is a psychiatric prescription formulated upon the principles outlined in The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, & Miracles; and comprehensive treatment plan that we must follow if we are to achieve planetary sanity within era-2012.

Specifically, we learn that we are living cells, not only in the emerging global brain, [Peter Russell, et al.], but also the global body, the unified superorganism, that is forming out of the "in-form-ation" we are collecting like bees in a hive from the environment, as well as each other in social engineering networks; for example, Facebook and Google.

In other words, we are coming face-to-face with the truth: we are co-creators of consciousness here and now. Indeed, the mythological images, our heavens and hells, that we have created, weaved from the threads of history, institutionally reinforced, and come to believe as gospel through time are converging into a cul de sac, or worst, a "dead-end." As mythologist Joseph Campbell mused, "No one believes the old stories of creation anymore!"

Thus, overall, it is these "unexamined pillars, the Myth-Perceptions of the Apocalypse," that seek manifestation today and that may become our undoing.

Accordingly, it is up to us to decide "consciously" what it is that we want to see as our future world order. That is, do we want "doom and gloom" to be our daily dose of reality or are we willing to, pardon my oxymoron, "fight for peace?" That is the message: We select the images of reality we keep both here and hereafter. The problem is we initially do so unconsciously, usually before age 5, but seemingly, even within the womb. Maybe even prior to this incarnation: Perhaps it is even the earth's own "fields of dreams" that is the bedrock formations, the archetypes, for our physical lifetime experiences?

If you prefer, "believing is seeing" and we "heal what we feel."

In summary, you must read this book, as I have done, to understand the meaning of self-empowerment now. I, in fact, learned: (1) What the answers to these three perennial questions will determine my fate; (2) Why the blueprint for survival is inside of me but awaiting activation by awareness; and (3) How I can consciously participate in the greatest shift in culture since Copernicus (1473-1543 A.D.) declared the Sun, not the Earth, was the center of our solar system by seeking my own optimal wellness. That is to say, I must accept that "I am" is the center of my cells, and by default, if for no other reason, the supreme master of my fate.

You and me: We be Godbots!

Dr. John Jay Harper is a Community Health Education Specialist and author of international bestseller Tranceformers: Shamans of the 21st Century (First and Second Editions).
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2009
This is an excellent audio book, and the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that many of the initial concepts discussed are not that new. Early on, I was starting to wonder if this book would produce any novel, imaginative ideas . . . good for the beginner anyway. But the last part was worth it all. Even though it's good to see many of our cherished, albeit corrupt societal ideals knocked down these days, what do we have to replace them? It can be depressing, to say the least . . .

Lipton and Bhaerman solve that existential problem to some extent. They compare the evolution of cells to the evolution of societies. While some of their logic is a tad inconsistent, there's too much truth here to ignore. They compare this current economic age to a reptilian predatory phase, soon to be superseded by a "mammalian" phase which will be marked by greater caring and sharing -- not because it's the "right" thing to do (which maybe it is), but because it makes common survival sense. Cooperation, not competition, is the hallmark of most natural orders, and humanity is just now learning about it and recovering the experiences of past isolated societies that had already known this. So as the "dinosaurs" of competition and corruption come crashing down around us, as the actual dinosaurs did apparently, there is a new potential order to look forward to -- one of realizing that each societal part has an essential purpose. Without all parts, we are incomplete. There IS no "survival of the fittest" in the long run. Just as a cell has limits on its growth, or its outer membrane will burst, no individual parts/members of a society can continue to grow at the expense of the rest. We already know what cancer cells running amok can do to the physical body . . . is it unreasonable to expect that society operates that much differently?

One more comment: I disagree a little with the first reviewer re. Lipton's speaking style. I've watched him lecture in person for several hours and the large audience was rapt the whole time. His speaking style keeps me alert and interested, despite the small flaws.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2010
Lipton presents numerous messages that are not only vital, but rarely articulated. His knowledge resides with cellular biology, a topic he addressed in his previous book, 'The Biology of Belief', and which he explores here more fully. His insights are revolutionary in scope and deeply transforming. I can emphatically say that, as a result of Bruce Lipton's book, I view the universe and our world differently and feel greater appreciation for the gift of life. That is why I believe this is one of the more important books of our time.

Regrettably, the author veers from the scientific and spiritual into the intellectual far too often and, when he does so, the results are not impressive. He analyzes our economic and political system, even though his grasp of these subjects lacks depth. His conclusions ring true: he tells us that the root cause of our economic woes is debt, that the tragedy of our business complex is that human considerations are subsidiary to money and power, and that our political leadership has long lost any recollection of its moral mission. Yet his visions for a better world make little sense, especially when it comes to economics and politics. Just when we've been convinced that our polarized political system is utterly corrupt and become ready to rely more on ourselves, Lipton surprises us by advocating we place our faith in Barrack Obama. A page or two later, he presents the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan (whose regime has sent hundreds of thousands into refugee camps and is anything but a democracy) as a great example of what could be. Lipton's economic recommendations include the abandonment of our current fractional reserve system (and therefore debt), but shortly after we are told that the government should add new money to the system, "not as debt, but as national grants". Given the books many merits, such blunders and contradictions can be forgiven, but are nevertheless distracting and irksome.

I wish Bruce Lipton had stuck to his knitting--science--where he excels and entertains. He explains with skill and in accessible language how deeply our academic elites are still in love with Newtonian teachings and a Darwinian worldview, and how resistant they are to the many new perspectives offered by cellular biology and quantum physics. This is a message that is not just timely, but immensely important--not just for our education, but for a better world.
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on October 4, 2009
by Judith Simon Prager, author, Journey to Alternity, co-author The Worst Is Over: What To Say When Every Moment Counts
October 3, 2009

Most wake-up calls are negative. Things are falling apart, the center does not hold, and we are thrown into shock, feeling we'll have to stop the world, look the coming disasters in the eye, and somehow overcome the fight-or-flight knot in our brains that keeps us from acting wisely.

Spontaneous Evolution is a call to wake up that feels as if someone has finally turned on a light. It's a prescription for becoming who we're supposed to be. It's all here, biologically, scientifically, historically mapped for us to trace and follow. No, it goes well beyond maps,--this is a GPS to send us along to our best future.

In his earlier book, The Biology of Belief, Bruce Lipton wrote: "At every level and every stage of development, there is either love - and with it, growth - or fear, and with it protection and a thwarting of growth." In training first responders and medical personnel around the world how to speak to help people heal, I often say that the best way to heal is to set a trajectory for it in your mind. Imagine what you want to have happen, not what you don't.

Spontaneous Evolution shows us a trajectory for healing ourselves and our world. It provides a picture of the direction in which we must go. And because one of the authors is a scientist and the other political activist, its visions are in the same spirit as Einstein's, who said that, at its best: "Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions."

This amazing tome is so comprehensive, it embraces every aspect of life on earth, from the beginnings through Darwin and Newton to our present disastrous financial system. It takes us from the clear-eyed Native American origins of our country to the current corruption of our seeds and food sources. But at all times, the authors keep the "coming attractions" in mind.

And--and I believe this with all my heart--Conscious Evolution shows us that we don't always have to learn from pain and fear.
That old model, too, can be abandoned for something better.
We can learn from enlightenment. And from the wonderful examples in nature, from the way single cells figured out how to become us... and the we, we are to become. The model Lipton and Bhaerman offer, instructs us that it was cells WORKING TOGETHER to increase the size of their membranes that increased their consciousness. That was the brilliant secret. They quote the assertion of American biologist Lynn Margulis that "Life did not take over the globe by combat, but by networking," and this model leads to the idea that we are all cells in this humanifest destiny and there would be no sense in the liver attacking the kidney. As wise beings have said all along, it is love that will save us.

This a book about everything. Fractal geometry and world peace. How it all came to be and what it all can become. It is the one book you need now and into the vast, potential future that we are all creating.

There is so much in this book to love, and even the most complicated arguments are delightfully, captivatingly delivered. I wish I could give it six stars.

It is a well-organized smorgasbord of riches building to a conclusion that makes this planetary journey of ours both comprehensible and, if we follow it's wisdom, altogether beautiful and brilliant...and promising. Let it turn on that light in your mind!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on May 7, 2010
I didn't find this the most readable of books initially, as I couldn't tell where it was going. But when I really got into it, I began to appreciate it. The subject-matter of the book affects all our personal lives - the very existence of the planet, and in fact has broad metaphysical ramifications. I haven't previously read any book quite like it.

The authors examine various myths entrenched in the basic beliefs of our civilization and challenge 1) the main tenets of Newtonian philosophy, basically that the only reality is physical matter 2) Charles Darwin's theory of evolution and the necessity for us to fight for our survival - survival of the fittest 3) the theory that we have all blindly accepted for years that we are controlled and limited by our genes and 4) that evolution and everything else that happens to us is random. Actually all these four premises have been proved by modern science to be fallacious, but our society is still acting on them as though they were true.

It is explained that evolution did not occur gradually but in great leaps. Single cells developed into single cell communities. These developed into multicellular organisms, which in turn developed into societal organizations.

That is, we did not evolve through competition and fighting but through cooperation and banding (bonding) together.

The crazy self-destructive way our human society is run is compared to the way the cells in our body run the show. Our cells don't fight and kill each other but pool their resources and work together for the health of the greater whole.

It's all explained at a very high level, and I would need to have read the book a couple of times more to even begin to give an adequate representation of the details or even all the main precepts of the book.

But what I got out of it was that at this critical juncture when both our living planet and ourselves are on the brink of a new evolutionary leap, we need to change our basic thinking, cooperate instead of fight, love instead of hate. In other words we need to follow the example of our own cells, and realize that we humans are also all part of one body, Gaia - and if we are to survive we must accept all other beings as necessary parts of ourselves, or our greater Self.

The key factor to the success of this evolutionary leap is LOVE.

And when I read this book I felt the love and the high consciousness energy of the authors flowing from the pages, and I myself was helped in achieving a higher vibration. It is a book that contributes to harmonizing the head with the heart, which will be a necessary pre-condition for the survival of our civilization.

I strongly recommend this book to every thinking and loving person, and to all those who aspire to be such.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
These guys are great! This should be required reading in every high school or college. The perspective of ourselves as a cell in a bigger picture is right on. We see it looking upward or downward---fractal geometry they call it. I found the reading to be chatty and easy to listen too, it fact I hated to turn the engine off as I'd listened while commuting.

A great and enlightening study. Welcome finally to the awakening of humanity and the beginnings of the new age.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2008
Bruce Lipton is a brilliant scientist and he presents some very thought provoking ideas that he discussed in Biology of Belief regarding the evolution of the human race into a more holistic, nurturing civilization and the concept of epigenetics. However, be prepared for those ideas and data to be presented in a rambling jumble that often left me in the dark as to what his point was. As well as mispronouncing and tripping over words frequently, he peppers every few sentences with "and the reason this is interesting is because..." and "and the reason this is relevant is because..." and then doesn't always tell us why he thought it was interesting or relevant. Although his style was similar in Biology of Belief, he was much more cogent and to the point in that reading. He does present some very intriguing ideas, however, and this is worth a listen, just be prepared to be patient and forgiving of his clumsy speaking skills.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Another nail in the coffin of Neo-Darwinism and mechanistic, Scientific Materialism. The author is part of a major force in a growing group of credentialed modern researchers who have come to learn that the science, media and academic Establishment continue to push a worn-out, dogmatic, failed, fundamentalist old 21st Century worldview (scientific-materialism). Lipton uses several witty, spot-on analogies to drive home the point that major scientific discoveries during the last 50 years in the field of quantum mechanics, DNA and microbiology have proved that consciousness is a part of an intelligent force that exists throughout the universe in a natural, observable, subatomic field. This field of information is the matrix behind everything that can be seen and measured in the material, atomic-scale universe. The first two-thirds of the book describe the flawed thinking of the Establishment worldview and how it has led the world to the precipice of disaster where we now find ourselves. This is done in easy to understand and follow conversation. The final third of the book describes how the youth and advanced thinkers of the 21st Century can use this information to help heal the Earth and take human evolution to the next higher level. This book is a must read for any thinking/caring modern individual. Robert Steven Thomas, author: Intelligent Intervention
Intelligent Intervention
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