Robert Lanza, MD is one of the most respected scientists in
the world a U.S. News & World Report cover story called him
a "genius" and "renegade thinker," even likening him to Einstein.
Lanza is head of Astellas Global Regenerative Medicine, Ocata Chief
Scientific Officer, and adjunct professor at Wake Forest University
School of Medicine. He was recognized by Time magazine in 2014 on
its list of the "100 Most Influential People in the World."
Prospect magazine named him one of the Top 50 "World
Thinkers" in 2015. He is credited with several hundred publications
and inventions, and over thirty scientific books, including the
definitive references in the field of stem cells and regenerative
medicine. A former Fulbright Scholar, he studied with polio pioneer
Jonas Salk and Nobel Laureates Gerald Edelman and Rodney Porter. He
also worked closely (and coauthored a series of papers) with noted
Harvard psychologist B. F. Skinner and heart transplant pioneer
Christiaan Barnard. Dr. Lanza received his undergraduate and
medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was
both a University Scholar and Benjamin Franklin Scholar. Lanza was
part of the team that cloned the world's first human embryo, as
well as the first to successfully generate stem cells from adults
using somatic-cell nuclear transfer (therapeutic cloning). In 2001
he was also the first to clone an endangered species, and recently
published the first-ever report of pluripotent stem cell use in
Bob Berman is the longtime science editor of the Old Farmer's Almanac, and contributing editor of Astronomy magazine, formerly with Discover from 1989 to 2006. He produces and narrates the weekly Strange Universe segment on WAMC Northeast Public Radio, heard in eight states, and has been a guest on such TV shows as Late Night with David Letterman. He taught physics and astronomy at New York's Marymount College in the 1990s, and is the author of eight popular books. His newest is Zoom: How Everything Moves (2014, Little Brown).
"Lanza and Berman employ cutting edge science to rediscover ancient truths about life and death and reconceptualize our very notions of reality and consciousness. Beyond Biocentrism is an enlightening and fascinating journey that will forever alter your understanding of your own existence."
"Beyond Biocentrism is a joyride through the history of science and cutting-edge physics, all with a very serious purpose: to find the long-overlooked connection between the conscious self and the universe around us."
Corey S. Powell, former editor-in-chief, Discover magazine
"This intriguing and provocative book will challenge some of what you know and push you into rethinking your view of science all the while entertaining you with a fast-paced, exhilarating narrative journey."
David J. Eicher, editor in chief, Astronomy Magazine
"[Beyond Biocentrism] offers a neurobiological point of view to help answer questions about the world around us. Lanza and Berman make the journey towards a better understanding of the role of consciousness and perception. . . . A fun read."
Kwang-Soo Kim, professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Harvard Medical School, and director, Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory, McLean Hospital
"Lanza and Berman's latest statement of their theory of 'biocentrism' changes the way we think about age-old religious questions such as the origin of the universe and human immortality. Based on cutting edge work in physics and biology and explained with exceptional clarity, Beyond Biocentrism is a must-read for anyone interested in science and religion."
Ronald M. Green, professor emeritus for the study of ethics and human values, and former chairman of the Department of Religion at Dartmouth College
"Will machines ever achieve consciousness? Are plants aware? Is death an illusion? These are some of the big questions tackled in Beyond Biocentrism, which serves up a new, biology-based theory of everything that is as delightful to read as it is fascinating. Tremendously clear and lovely writing a huge achievement."
Pamela Weintraub, psychology & health editor for Aeon Magazine, former Executive Editor of Discover Magazine and former editor in chief of OMNI Magazine