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Biology of Belief: 10th Anniversary Edition Paperback – 26 August 2015
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- Publisher : Hay House; 1st edition (26 August 2015)
- Paperback : 311 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1401938698
- ISBN-13 : 978-1401938697
- Dimensions : 15.1 x 2.3 x 23 cm
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If you are prepared to step out and believe that we control our genes and not vice versa, you will then believe that in, in reality, anything is possible.
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I should say at the outset that my acquaintance with the book came about via a student who had recommended it to others, though not to me specifically!
There is a good selection of reviews for this book without my having to go into much detail myself as to the book’s content. However, I would suggest that the essence of the message here could have been delivered in far fewer words than those that fill its 277 pages.
Fortunately there is an index (not all large tomes have an index these days); and following the index a page of biographical detail for the author (no date of birth) and then a useful 12 blank pages for “notes”.
At the very front of the book (before all else) there are 4 pages headed “Praise for the Biology of Belief” containing a paragraph or two from mostly “highly qualified” individuals.
The book’s subtitle is: “Releasing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and Miracles”.
I searched the index in vain for the word “miracle” but matter itself gets a good airing, as does “universe”, although the author does not give a definition for his understanding of the word itself. Similarly he appears to have it in for the pharmaceutical industry; thus from page 100: “The trillion-dollar pharmaceutical industry puts its research money into the search for magic bullets in the form of chemicals because pills mean money. If energy healing could be made into tablet form, drug manufacturers would get interested quickly.”
Here we have an unfortunate juxtaposition between “pill” and “tablet” inclining one to hope Lipton understands the important distinction between the two
There is a detailed confessional in the Prologue, pages xiii to xxvii. Apparently Lipton was not happy with the way his life was leading in his early career until “working in an offshore medical college in the Caribbean” he had moment of revelation that released him from “biology’s Central Dogma—the belief that life is controlled by genes—into the minds of medical students.”
And so it would appear to this reviewer that Lipton simply swapped one dogma for another having now become fixated on “quantum theory” a study requiring some expertise in mathematics.
We are told that the author’s expertise is eagerly sought after worldwide resulting in a rigorous travelling programme of lectures: it is to be hoped he avoids the use of the winged canister. (There are some 100,000 civil aircraft airborne across the planet at any given time, all contributing to atmospheric pollution on a grand scale. No, I do not fly myself: travelling through the mind is the art of staying put.)
As an all-round academic I cannot say I am particularly swayed by this rendition of the Lipton philosophy of life.