The Biology of Belief 10th Anniversary Edition: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, and Miracles




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Biology of Belief

Biology of Belief

Biology of Belief

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    Walter Stanley

    The central tenet of Dr. Lipton’s new theory of biology is that the character of our lives is determined by our responses to the environmental signals that propel life, not by our genetic code. This means that the brain of each cell is not the DNA, but the cell wall. When I first heard a friend of mine propose this idea, my immediate thought was that, yes, it’s the cell wall that must respond to the environment, just as it is our skin and other peripheral sensory organs that must respond to the environment, but it is the DNA that programs our sensory organs, as well as our brain that makes sense of them. Since single cells have no brain, but just the sensing mechanisms of the membrane, so in that sense it is the brain of the cell. On the other hand, even single cells are capable of learning. The DNA cannot react until triggered by something in the environment, and it is the membranes that determine what gets through to trigger gene activity. When a cell has once learned something, it is able to pass that knowledge on to its offspring, as a child that has once had measles is now immune to that disease. This does put Lamarck in a new light. Schrödinger — in WHAT IS LIFE? — points out that as the behavior of an organism changes in response to a change in its physical structure, that will in turn affect a change in behavior will affect the genetic code in a way that mimics Lamarckian evolution. So genes store memories, and it is now recognize that genes can even be passed on between different species. The genes of GMOs can therefore alter the character of bacteria in our intestines – upon which our physical and psychological well-being are now known to be dependent — as well as the wild organisms that these artificially created genes will spread to. In a SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN article I read some time ago, it is because genes spread so easily between species that we need not worry about them spreading into the surrounding communities, as this happens naturally all the time. There is, however, a big difference between acquired and imposed characteristics. It was the failure to acknowledge this important distinction that lead to Lamarck’s theory of adaptive evolution being ridiculed and discredited.Traditional, Darwinian biology denies that consciousness exists intrinsically. Dawkins, in his various books, spends much time convincing us of how blind evolution can lead to such wonders as eyes and wings, but pretty much ignores the complexity of the information that must form in the DNA. Mathematically, it is easy to demonstrate that forming a specific protein, and specificity is critical is astronomically improbable within the lifetime of the universe. When I was in high school I was taught, as an analogy of how such complex molecules could be created by mere chance, that if a horde of monkeys pecked away on typewriters for millions of years they would eventually produce the works of Shakespeare. Any high school kid with a computer can prove easily prove that this is a fallacy. The following two stanzas of one of Shakespeare’s sonnets consists of 82 letters, spaces, and punctuation marks: When in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes,I all alone beweep my outcast state.Taking repeating characters into account — there are 14 spaces, e appears 11 times, a appears 6 times, and so on — the number of permutations can be calculated: 82!/(14!x11!x6!x6!x6!x5!x4!x3!x3!x2!x2!x2!x2!) = 2.2 x 1089The age of the universe is 13 billion years. Converted into seconds that is 4.1 x 1017. A trillion monkeys armed with special typewriters able to type one 82-character permutation per second would be able to type 1 x 1012 x 4.1 x 1017 = 4.1 x 1029 permutations since the moment of the Big Bang. So the probability that these trillion monkeys could have typed the correct permutation — 2.2 x 1089 / 4.1 x 1029 = 5.4 x 1059 — is one in 5.4 x 1059. In short, information does not come easily. Can we all agree that life, the sort of life capable of writing like Shakespeare, is infinitely more complex than two lines of one of his sonnets? I have had this idea childishly ridiculed a number of times; no one has ever yet responded to it with a mature, intelligent refutation.If conscience has only epiphenomenal existence, then it is not as important as matter. Since life arose haphazardly it can have no purpose. Inevitably, our notion of the nature of life, a perpetual violent struggle in which the riches go to the most violent, forms the basis of our ethical and economic systems. Humans are easily manipulated. Beliefs implanted into us while we are still children form our future concept of ourselves and determine much of our behavior. Our “free will” can only function within these parameters. Impressive evidence of the importance of our beliefs is provided by the placebo effect. Faith in the effectiveness of medicine can cure a disease without the medicine.Unfortunately, we do not know how to control or change unconscious beliefs. Dr. Lipton enthusiastically points to new developments in “energy psychology,” which I know nothing about so cannot comment upon them. But not implanting fallacious conceptions of ourselves in the first place is clearly the better idea.

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    J. Stone

    Dr. Bruce Lipton is a pioneer in the area of epigenetics. This book is enlightening and leaves the reader empowered to take control of their health. After reading the book, you will have a greater understanding of how you are NOT simply a victim of your DNA. YOU are in control of your beliefs and therefore have the power to influence the expression of your genetics. I thoroughly loved this book and highly recommend it for everyone to read.

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    John S. Reid

    With already well over 2000 Amazon reviews, what’s to add? Only this: that you can control your own physiology, and that there is a legitimate basis to question the current materialistic basis of modern biology. (And don’t let the “new-age” cover art put you off – this is a book based on REAL SCIENCE, and not on mysticism.)This book is biological revisionism – i.e., rethinking how cells react to their environment (which you can actually control) versus merely reacting to materialistic electro-chemical influences beyond your control.Revisionism is always controversial – from Copernicus to Einstein. For me, research into revisionist concepts always proceeds from unanswered questions – be it history, biology, or whatever is being considered. In the current instance (biology) my fundamental unanswered question (mirrored by the author at page 38) is, “how can a mere 25,000 genes (in the human genome) code all of the 120,000 different types of cells in the human body?” Seems like you’d need a separate gene for each cell type – otherwise how could one gene know which type of cell it was to develop into from among the 6 (average) different possible variants? The author attempts to answer this question by providing for the effect of environmental conditions on the development of cells.As for the book itself, it is an easy read (for a non-bio major) with easy to grasp metaphors. The only let-down was the pitch for “PSYCH-K” as the go-to method for accessing this new-found power of the mind. Perhaps the author is unable to tell us “how to do it” because no one yet knows – as stated by Dr. David S. Moore in “The Developing Genome – An Introduction to Behavioral Epigenetics” (2017) at pg. 189, “But today, we remain very far from being able to apply information about epigenetics in a practical way.”Suggested supplemental reads to accompany this book include: (i) “Return to Life” (Jim Tucker – read this one first); and (ii) “Morphic Resonance” (Rupert Sheldrake – read this one last). By then you will have discovered the rabbit hole – i.e. “how could all of this biological development proceeded in the absence of some intangible “field”? (“Return to Life” opens the door to unexplainable things in general – puts you in a frame of mind to find these intangible, but influential, “fields” at least plausible.)

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    The ‘Biology of Belief’ by Bruce Lipton is a profoundly transformational work that challenges traditional scientific paradigms. First, Lipton’s exploration of epigenetics reveals that genes are not our destiny; instead, our beliefs and environment can influence the behavior of cells, offering an empowering perspective on health and well-being. Secondly, by bridging the gap between science and spirituality, the book invites readers to reconsider the power of their thoughts and emotions, asserting that they play a pivotal role in shaping our realities. This is not just a book on biology; it’s a guide to reimagining the potential of human existence.

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    This has to be one of the most fascinating and important books I have ever read! Starting with one cell organisms, the author brings you up to quantum physics, fractal geometry, evolution, and the afterlife. He talks about the brains of the cell actually being in the membrane, and describes the progression from single cell to multi cellular organisms. He describes how thoughts are energy, and how they physically affect cells via the brain, the blood, and neurochemicals. The writing style is easy to read, and the author injects his own experiences, making this a very relatable book. I highly recommend it!!!

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    Fantastic read. A must read
    I read a ton of nonfiction and heard about this book for a while….I ordered it, but didn’t have any expectations (due to the large number of overly “praised” fluff that’s out there). This author is an excellent writer/thinker. I’m only 1/3 through the book since I just got it, but I’m loving every page. This author has a clever way of presenting his ideas, simplifying complex concepts/systems, and then supporting evidence using a cross-disciplinary approach. I haven’t finished reading yet, but enjoying so far and recommend.

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    Elena Adan

    Excelente libro
    BueniiiisimoLibro!! Que todos lo conozcan y lo lean! Es un regalo para la humanidad, sin duda

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    Marcelo Henriques de Brito

    Great undestanding on how beliefs do control behavior and gene activity
    The book “The Biology of Belief” is one of the most important books that I read in my life, because I understood better how my body works at a cell level and the impact of the environment on cell behavior, since my birth and even my prenatal environment.Although I cannot indeed control the environment altogether, I am able to steer my reactions or response to what happens in the environment and ultimately introduce new habits and mindset in order to be and remain healthy. In order words, I grasped the power of my identity upon the energy that drives my life.Such awareness results from the book content clearly written with scientific arguments, facts, and data.I thank the author very much for his contribution in sharing his knowledge and also expanding the original book for the 10th Anniversary Edition with additional and relevant information. Fantastic!

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