In 2001, a cover story in U.S. News & World Report described how an underprivileged preteen in Massachusetts “caught the attention of Harvard Medical School researchers when he showed up on the university steps having successfully altered the genetics of chickens in his basement…His mentors described him as a ‘genius,’ a ‘renegade thinker,’ even likening him to Einstein.”

Jump a few years, and Robert Lanza would have a University of Pennsylvania M.D. and be a member of the team that cloned the world’s first early stage human embryos with an eye to generating embryonic stem cells. Where do you go from there? 

Lanza: Death is merely what we think we see. In fact, everything is.

Today that whiz kid continues to astonish and stir controversy. Now with more achievements and a lengthy list of accolades, Lanza is Chief Scientific Officer at  the biotech company Advanced Cell Technology, and Adjunct Professor at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He has hundreds of publications and inventions, including more than 30 scientific books, among them two which are considered definitive references in the field of cell biology.

Over at C/Net, contributing writer Chris Matyszczyk has just published an article titled “Scientist: Quantum physics can prove there’s an afterlife.” He begins by saying not only that Lanza is “… a proponent of biocentrism,” but that, “This turns our idea of the universe on its head. Instead of imagining that it’s the universe that creates life, the idea is that the universe is a product of our own consciousness of it.

In Lanza’s view, says Matyszczyk, “By treating space and time as physical things, science picks a completely wrong starting point for understanding the world.”

You’re likely to be curious.

Read the Matyszczyk article here:

Lanza’s web site is here:

And then let us know what you think.