Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There From Here By Bruce H. Lipton, Steve Bhaerman

    In 1990 the U.S National Institute of Health announced with great fanfare the Human Genome Project (HGP) initially headed by James Watson the co discoverer of the structure of the DNA molecule. The purpose of the project was: 1) to identify the genetic basis of all human traits, 2) to create a research database to share with biotechnical industry and the private sector, and 3) To foster the development of new medical applications around the world. Simultaneously, private companies announced their own privately funded gene sequencing projects as bio tech companies and drug companies alike, lined up cash in on the fortune to be made on the bio tech companies plan to patent the than 100,000 gene sequences and sell them to the drug companies for the manufacturing of drugs to cure diseases. The grand project ended in a whimper when it was discovered that there were only about 23,000 genes in the human DNA bank about the same number as in the lowly round worm. The human genome project was certainly money well spent, but its limited success marked the end of the standard deterministic model of biology championed by the likes of Francis Crick, James Watson, and Richard Dawkins. Though strict determinism had been banished from the field of physics with the advent of quantum theory over a century ago, biologists have stubbornly held on to the outmoded deterministic model.

    A purposefully driven top down paradigm called epigenetics has emerged to temper the deterministic model of biology. As biochemists are beginning to understand, genes do not control our individual destinies, nor are they primarily responsible for evolutionary change. Genes are not self emergent; they cannot turn themselves on and off, they are not the control center of cellular activity, and they are not self replicating. No one to one correspondence exists between DNA instruction and the creation of a specific protein, since one gene can code for multiple proteins. In addition, once a protein is constructed it can take on over 30,000 different folding configurations as dictated by the specific needs of the cell. Genes are merely blue prints, the gonads of the cells, whose processes are orchestrated by environmental signals from the brains of the cell the cell membrane. Communications with the organelles of the cell are accomplished by means of thousands of protein based receptor and effector switches imbedded in the lipid plasma membrane. Signals sent from outside the cell are received by receptor proteins that modify their shape to connect with the effector proteins. The effector proteins then send secondary signals through the cytoplasm resulting in the regulation of cell metabolism, a fact that the authors call the real secret of life.

    The idea of environmentally controlled top down information runs counter to two of Darwinian evolution's most cherished principles:1) Adaptation (survival of the fittest) That evolution occurs only as a result of a species ability to survive and pass on its genes to the next generation, and 2) Random mutation That favorable traits are expressed in an organism only as a result of random mutations in the process of genetic replication and coding, and that this information flows in only in one direction, from the DNA to RNA to Proteins. This is the essence of genetic determinism.

    According to biologist Lynn Margulis, however, evolution has rarely occurred in a Darwinian or Malthusian way in which species battle for limited resources. Paleontological history demonstrates that most evolutionary advances occur as a result of cooperation and symbiotic relationships. Simple prokaryotic bacteria evolved by banding together into communities protected by a biofilm membrane. By doing this they were able to enhance their survivability by sharing genetic information, specializing in task functions, and increasing their collective awareness. A major evolutionary advance occurred when these loose communities of prokaryotes underwent further specialization by creating organelles such as mitochondria, ribosomes, and nuclei within a single large cytoskeletal membrane giving the eukaryotic cells thousands of times membrane surface area then their precursors and vastly increasing their awareness. During the Precambrian period, simple colonies were able to increase their awareness by banding together into mats or layers of identical cells such as Stromatolites that produced the oxygen in our early atmosphere. The law of diminishing returns put a limit on the size of these communities, and as a result, various cells within the community began to group into specialized epithelia, bone, muscle, and brain cells to carry out specialized tasks. As Margulis points out, evolution did not proceed by struggle, but by networking, an ongoing process that, according to the authors of this book, will happen in a similar way for our own destiny, not by producing a new species of man, but as a result of increasing levels of communal complexity and interrelationships

    In the late 1960s, geneticist Howard Temin at the University of Wisconsin challenged the second tenant of Darwinian evolution postulating that DNA information can only travel in one direction when he suggested that RNA information could be transcribed from the RNA molecule into an organism's DNA. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology in 1975 for discovering reverse transcriptase, the enzyme that did exactly that. Information from viruses can enter a cell and change the DNA of the host organism demonstrating that information can flow from the environment into the DNA of a cell.

    A second broader challenge to the dogma of random mutation was established as a result of experimental research conducted by John Cairns in 1988. Cairns placed bacteria that were unable to metabolize lactose in a medium where only lactose was present. It was assumed that the colonies of bacteria would perish, but information from their environment was feeding back into the organisms and accelerating the bacteria's mutation mechanisms. It soon became apparent that stressed, non dividing bacteria can purposely engage a unique error prone DNA copying enzyme to make mutated copies of genes associated with a particular dysfunction. Through this process of generating genetic variants, the organism attempts to create a functional gene that will allow it to overcome the environmental stressors. This purposeful, accelerated generation of random mutations is called somatic hypermutation. When one of these gene variants is able to produce a protein product that can effectively resolve the stress, the bacterium cuts the original ineffective gene out of the chromosome and replaces it with the new version. So, yes random mutations do occur, but those random mutations can be purposefully accelerated through awareness of the environment. This process is a reflection of quantum physics' discovery that a single reality can be created from a probability wave by simple observation or measurement. Our biological destiny is driven by bottom up determinism and top down intelligence acting in a complementary interplay of both processes. The role of complementarities established by Niels Bohr in physics has established a foot hold in many other disciplines and is likely to be a major factor in answering many mysteries in biology.

    Perhaps it should not be so surprising that biology strayed so far afield from the philosophical niche that physics has carved out of reality. After all, it is difficult to do objective science when studying the very principles that create the scientist and life in general. We humans are attempting to study ourselves with the same tools that created us. It is time to step out of our shells just as humankind did during the enlightenment that followed the Copernican Revolution, when humanity believed we were the center of our solar system and the center of the entire universe. Thereafter, humankind came to realize that we were not the center of our solar system, the center of our galaxy, nor the center of the universe. We are simply self repeating patterns in an intelligent fractal universe with no central control. With this in mind, we might imagine that the next great paradigm shift will occur when we entertain the possibility that we are not even at the controls of our own egos. Ninety five percent of our decisions, actions, and emotions are unconscious, subject to programing established from the time we were in the womb to the age of six. Does the idea of free will even make sense under these circumstances? What do we want to be free from ninety five present of our cognitive being? We must acknowledge that there is no demarcation between the observer and the observed and this was the essence of the great battle between Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr. Einstein felt that the universe exists independent of observation and that the field was the ultimate reality. He stated, There is no place in this new kind of physics both for the field and matter, for the field is the only reality. The authors apparently agreed with this statement when they equated the concept of the field to what happens to entangled particles in quantum physics experiments. They state for example, No structure from a drop of water to a human being can ever be separated from the field which is the source. The concept of a field and nonlocal actions in quantum theory are completely different however. A field is something physical that obeys the laws of thermodynamics and Relativity. On the other hand, nonlocal actions, as described by John Stewart Bell in his theorem of inequality, are not physical; they are not part of a field, and they do not obey the laws of thermodynamics or Relativity. Explaining our existence as part of some morphogenic field is nothing than reification. It explains nothing. Rather, what is convincing is the author's contention that a cell and a human body are self similar fractal images that share self similar functions. The organs of our bodies that carry out the functions of awareness, digestion, respiration, and reproduction are also the functions that are carried out by most of the 50 trillion cells in our bodies. We are a community of cells.

    This far flung and wide ranging work was too much to put between the covers of one book,making it difficult for any reviewer to encapsulate its essence. Much lies between its covers and I will leave it to the reader to discover the treasure trove of interesting and well documented material.

    This review by David Kreiter, author of: Confronting the Quantum Enigma: Albert, Niels, and John (Available on ) Bruce H. Lipton, Steve Bhaerman idealogical but great points are brought up by both authors. This is the 6th time I have had to order this book because when someone borrows it they forget to give it back. Which, I am happy to repurchase every time. Each time I read the book, it gives me a realistic and positive perspective on life. Great read! Bruce H. Lipton, Steve Bhaerman I've been on a quest for years. I've explored theoretical physics, gene research, psychology, sociology and have felt many of the feelings and ideas expressed in this book for some time. What the book did for me is to bring me to a level that made sense as to why I was feeling these ways and trying to find answers that would pull all of the ideas together into a coherent full spectrum view. I never thought to explore a biologist point of view. I accidentally stumbled across a video of Bruce Lipton one day and was practically in shock with what I heard! I got his book on kindle and wellit has put everything I have been researching and feeling into real scientific perspective. I've given his book to two different people and one I am hoping will finally give in and read it as well (if he doesn't, he will have to listen to me tell him piece by piece every part of the book for the next year!). I have home schooled my son for the past five years and as he is practically finished with school at sixteen, I actually told him that when he reads this book to the end, I will feel completely comfortable that he is ready to be an exemplary human in this crazy world. It is a far greater gift that I can give him than to make him do any of the prescribed societal curricula dogma that was left to finish. I really cannot say enough how important I believe this book is for humanity. I really said that. Yeah, and I really meant it. More people need to know this information immediately. Bruce H. Lipton, Steve Bhaerman 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
    Bruce H. Lipton, Steve Bhaerman After The Biology of Belie,f which I recommend without hesitation, here's Bruce Lipton's most recent book, in which he proposes to save the planet, co authored with a friend who makes a living as a political humorist pretending to be an Indian swami.
    Which leaves us where, exactly? Well, the description of new advances in Biology and what that means is riveting and informed, as one would expect from Lipton. The argument that the human race is to individuals what individuals are to their component cells is ingenious and suggestive, but of course it's not the kind of thing that can actually be proved, at least not yet. Nor is it actually as new as the authors suggest it is.
    Which is really the problem. For every suggestive insight (the influence of mass meditation on crime rates, for example) there are some clumsy attempts to make links to subjects where it's obvious that neither of the authors is an expert, and which often ring very false when you know something about the subject being discussed. (Bhaerman may have studied politics many years ago, but it's not clear how much attention he was paying). Moreover, the book is aimed almost exclusively at Americans, as though the US were the only country with problems, and puts forward only a few rather saccharine and superficial examples of problems from the rest of the world (South Africa, for example). I'd like to see the authors' formula for solving the Palestine question: do Palestinians lovingly give up the wish to return to the homes, or do Jews lovingly hand the homes back and go and live elsewhere? And how would this work in practice?
    Lipton really ought to write the next book by himself. Bruce H. Lipton, Steve Bhaerman

    Weve all heard stories of people whove experienced seemingly miraculous recoveries from illness, but can the same thing happen for our world? According to pioneering biologist Bruce H. Lipton, its not only possible, its already occurring.

    In Spontaneous Evolution, this world renowned expert in the emerging science of epigenetics reveals how our changing understanding of biology will help us navigate this turbulent period in our planets history and how each of us can participate in this global shift.

    In collaboration with political philosopher Steve Bhaerman, Dr. Lipton invites readers to reconsider the unquestionable pillars of biology, including:

    random evolution, survival of the fittest, and the role of DNA;
    the relationship between mind and matter;
    how our beliefs about nature and human nature shape our politics, culture, and individual lives; and
    how each of us can become planetary stem cells supporting the health and growth of our world.

    By questioning the old beliefs that got us to where we are today and keep us stuck in the status quo, we can trigger the spontaneous evolution of our species that will usher in a brighter future. Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There From Here

    So many aspects of how our global societies work based on their beliefs were eloquently discussed which later developed into the impact and power of the collective mind influencing our societies. The compelling explanations of how powerful each individual's thought adds to the collective mind to not only heal the individual but also to heal that society making it cohesive.
    I particularly connected with the analogy of the human cell as a perfect example of how our society could work effectively. Bruce H. Lipton, Steve Bhaerman Liberating and informative to re tell the story of science and give us a basis for hoping for a better future. As a non scientist, I really appreciated the in depth, clearly explained human biology and quantum mechanics chapters in the first half of the book and the new science in those areas. That we are not a victim of our genes is very liberating and Richard Dawkins can now take his selfish genes ideas and chew over them for a less archaic conclusion.
    Very interesting that living beings are a community of cells and we could survive if we would structure society in the same holistic way. I found the sections on society a bit repetitive and wished the overused word “fundamental” could be removed. The latter part of the book became too American in attitude and in ideas for me to fully accept that this could be a World panacea but otherwise it was very thought provoking. It would be useful to teach this book in schools and universities and provoke real critical thinking (it could do with editing down somewhat first though). Bruce H. Lipton, Steve Bhaerman One of the most compelling and erudite books I have read for a long time.
    IT SHOULD BE REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE FOR EVERY PERSON ON THE PLANET! I say knowledge rather than 'required reading' as many would be unable to acquire the book, even if they could read it!

    What Bruce Lipton has taken the time to express are the very foundations of what we are doing here, why and what we can do about it, in the light of the deep fragmentation of all of the systems working in human civilization at the moment I use the word 'civilization' guardedly here as what humanity now is not what it was meant to be.

    I just hope that there will be a critical mass of humanity thinking along the right lines to tip the scales before it is too late!

    Anyone wondering whether they should obtain this book should not hesitate and, as another reviewer said, the book should be handed out at Church meetings,etc. Bruce H. Lipton, Steve Bhaerman this book is incredible it has incredible blend of analogies, scientific evidence and a view on politics (probably steve Bhaermans input) on how and why we are moving in the direction we are, a lot of examples and stories of real mind power albeit some could be annecdotal, Bruces experience and the people he has spoke to, the buddhists, the way the subconcious mind works and the possibilities of our mind, references from ancient teachings, experiments, Transcendental Meditation, and even self healing, this book provides an incredible hollistic view and looks at old and new paradigms.

    Bruce is a scientist and there are many many scientists who are emerging everywhere
    with this new philosophy.

    i like bruces work and i have lent his books to friends who also enjoy them too, i would seriously advise you get his other book first though Biology of Belief as it is less beefy and gives you a better introduction to the author, both incredible books you have to read these its a simple as that Bruce H. Lipton, Steve Bhaerman

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