Bruce Lipton’s ‘Biology of Belief’ – Annotated With Facts: Part 45 (Chapter 4 concludes. Or stops suddenly)

January 10, 2019

In the previous post we saw Lipton seeming to invent a form of healing (radioesthesia) that was ruthlessly suppressed by the materialist dogmatic traditional medicine 100 years before Lipton invented it. And then, this same dogmatic materialistic mechanistic science resurrected this fictitious healing modality that has completely disappeared from the face of the earth, in the form of transcranial electromagnetic stimulation, which was derived from the previously non-existent and subsequently suppressed and hated radioesthesia.

With all this activity, it is easy to overlook the broader context. Lipton has been trying and failing to provide evidence for alternative healing treatments that are entirely unrelated to the argument he was attempting make. Or claimed to be attempting to make.

His argument has two central parts:

1) that modern medicine has refused to integrate or even allow research involving quantum physics; and

2) that alternative healing modalities like homeopathy and chiropractic are confirmed by all the great research into quantum physics that is being carried out by modern medicine. (Yes, he thinks chiropractic is supported by quantum physics.)

Neither of these contradictory premises are true, but so far Lipton has circumvented this deficit by avoiding any attempt to actually support either of the above arguments beyond asserting them — alternately and repeatedly.

In this post we watch this dogless and ponyless dog and pony show continue.

Lipton says that research into things like transcranial electromagnetic stimulation are desperately needed, but doesn’t say that it (a) doesn’t support chiropractic or homeopathy as he claims (yes, he really does claim that — that’s why he raised it); and (b) that medical science does in fact conduct research.

But even then, such research is really quite unnecessary.

But the research will only confirm what scientists and non-scientists already “know” but may not realize they know….

Plato rises from the grave to tell us that knowledge is already within us. This really is a very old excuse for ignorance. It had a huge revival in the 1970s, but I admit I’ve never seen it claimed before that even scientists know everything before they’ve even conducted their research into it.

And what do scientists, even if they deny it, already know?

….all organisms, including humans, communicate and read their environment by evaluating energy fields.

Does anyone know what he means by this? Maybe the next sentence will help?

Because humans are so dependent on spoken and written language, we have neglected our energy sensing communication system.


Because humans are so dependent on spoken and written language, we have neglected our energy sensing communication system.

Or maybe because no one has the faintest idea what it is?

As with any biological function, a lack of use leads to atrophy.

It’s a biological function?

Interestingly, aborigines still utilize this hyper-sensory capacity in their daily lives.

No they don’t.

For them there has been no “sensory” atrophy.

…Because that sense doesn’t exist. Want me to prove it? I will as soon as Lipton provides some evidence for his claim, instead of just asserting it as fact.

For example, Australian aborigines can sense water buried deep beneath the sand…

No they can’t. And why would anyone bury water in the sand for god’s sake?

and Amazonian shamans communicate with the energies of their medicinal plants.

No they don’t.

You no doubt on occasion get a glimmer of your ancient sensing mechanism.

Just because the senses can be trained doesn’t make the improvements any more “ancient” than any other aspect of the senses.

Have you ever walked down a dark street at night and instantly felt drained of energy? What were you experiencing? Destructive interference, just like out-of-sync pebbles thrown into a pond or, in popular jargon, bad vibes!

Lipton seriously thinks this is real quantum physics. In fact, anyone who believes that such feelings are being triggered by forces outside them will get even more scared and unable to assess any actual danger.

Remember unexpectedly meeting that special someone in your life and becoming so energized you felt “high?” You were experiencing constructive interference or good vibes.

Factual error. See above.

When I gave up my view that we are inert matter…

Other scientists who believed this as well — and there weren’t even many of them. Robert Boyle dismissively dubbed it the ‘mechanical philosophy’ as it was based entirely on contact mechanics, with particles cannoning off each other or coagulating to create the objects of the universe. With the founding of modern chemistry, and the incontrovertible evidence for the laws of (non-contact) gravitation,  it became untenable by the late 1600s.

But why on earth did Lipton still believe in it until the late 1970s?

…I realized not only that the science of my chosen career was out of date…

Nope, it was Lipton who was, and still is, out of date. By about 400 years.

….but also that I needed to promote more constructive interference in my own life.

How about some constructive criticism instead?

I needed a personal quantum physics-inspired tune-up!

Nope, you need a conscience. And an editor and a fact checker.

Rather than focusing on creating harmonic energies in my life, I was going through life willy-nilly, mindlessly expending energy.

Lipton continues babbling like this, willy-nilly, mindlessly expending energy, until we get this:

Thoughts consume energy as surely as does marathon running.

FACT!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

…as we’ll see in the next chapter.

We don’t need to see it in the next chapter. It’s already a mundane, noncontroversial fact. But if Lipton is going to try to establish it all over again, I predict he will screw it up completely. I’m already laughing at him for it.

I needed a quantum tune-up. And so, as I’ve made clear, does biomedicine.

Factual error #1: again, he is drawing a false equivalence between the state of his life and the current state of bio-medicine, confusing analogy with scientific fact.

Factual error #2: bio-medicine is not in the same state as Lipton’s life was, or is, for that matter.

Factual error #3: One could argue that quantum physics could be better integrated into bio-medicine, but that would not involve using analogies.

Factual error #4: he has not made it clear.

But as I said earlier, we are already in the midst of a very slow shift in medicine, propelled by consumers who are seeking out complementary medicine practitioners in record numbers.

This is in fact an attempt at an argument: that complementary medicine works, because of it didn’t, consumers wouldn’t seek it. But the point of this book is to argue that science shows it works. Consumers buy this book because it promises scientific evidence that their choice is right. Instead, all Lipton has argued here is that the consumers must be right.

It’s been a long time coming, but the quantum biological revolution is nigh. The medical establishment will eventually be dragged, half kicking and screaming, full force into the quantum revolution.

He has not even attempted to make his case that “energy medicine” will be part of that, beyond merely asserting it repeatedly.

That was supposed to be his great concluding statement for this chapter. It was supposed to be about quantum physics. But instead we’ve had chiropractic, homeopathy and radioesthesia, none of which have anything at all to do with quantum physics, and one of which does not even exist.

There were many other things in the chapter too, of course. But recounting would not add any clarity. But we’ve finally finished chapter 4!!!

Next up is Chapter 5. It’s 60 pages long.


  1. Do I know what he means by “…all organisms, including humans, communicate and read their environment by evaluating energy fields”? Yep, kinda. That’s almost a deepity. In the “true but trivial” corner, yes, we communicate ultimately by expressing some energetic pattern – sound, movement, writing. And whatever our senses pick up has some energetic component. Energy is the ability to do work, so it would have to play a part in communication and sensing. The other, miraculous but false, sense is fairly obvious – we’re psychic.

    People just want life to stop being boring. They want magic, don’t they? And they’ll imagine all sorts of things could be true, like feeling they’re reading psychic energy from places or having premonitions, anything that some dickwad like Lipton suggests is the case. Being evolved to feel high when you meet a potential mate due to complex chemistry and brain functioning, that would be boring, wouldn’t it? Like falling in love is just because we’re driven to make babies. Ach. No, spiritual energy or something, has to be.

    One thing that struck me reading this is how the suggested examples of psi-you-know-you-have, and the alternative treatments, all have to be within the reader’s cultural comfort zone, a funny feeling in an alley, a premonition, Reiki or hot stones, electricity, meditation. These are the things we’ve lost from the ancient secrets. Not spilling the guts of a cow on the road to read the entrails to pass judgement on somebody, nor using its dung as an ointment. They never suggest those sorts of ancient sensory sensitivities and natural remedies, do they? They make a lot of noise about intuitively knowing what to do, but that’s what led people to believe that mercury was a good pick-me-up, or that the Black Death would be cured if you rounded up all the Jews in town and burned them, or that women are a bit uppity if they’re not kept pregnant, since the uterus is a seperate wild animal that wants babies and comes adrift if it doesn’t get ’em. That’s what Ancient Wisdom is – ignorant superstition, rationalized.

    Well done for getting to the end of chapter 4. Chapter 5 next, you say! I wonder if he got help with the chapter order.

  2. “People just want life to stop being boring. They want magic, don’t they?”

    Yes; and they also want a feeling of control, which they think “science” and big business have stolen from them. Lipton’s second book is all about this too — that “science” has told us that we are “puppets of our genes”, and he will show you how to rescue yourself from this mental trap by using divine epigenetics.

    I also think a lot of this is driven by the extraordinary hostility to science that spiritual folk harbour. My theory is that they inherited it from Paracelsus, who they don’t realise actually opposed exactly the kind of medicine (Hippocratic/Galenic/Aristotelian) that they all know and still love.

    Spiritual teachings and pseudo-science cannot progress, so all they do is go around in circles, repeating whatever sounds good or pleasing. They can’t integrate the contributions to science made by Paracelsus into spiritual teachings, and don’t even recognise any of them, because to do so would be to also recognise his failures — which would introduce the kind of standards that would be bad for business. So 600 years later, they’re still ranting against “traditional medicine” as Paracelsus did. (Obviously, there are other factors at play here, but I suspect that this is where this hostility began.)

    “alternative treatments, all have to be within the reader’s cultural comfort zone”

    I hadn’t noticed that so clearly before. That is rather on odd coincidence, isn’t it!

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