Bruce Lipton

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Bruce Lipton
Born (1944-10-21) October 21, 1944 (age 78)
Mount Kisco, New York, United States
Alma materC.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, University of Virginia
AwardsGoi Peace Award (2009)
USA Book News Best Science Book (2016)
Scientific career
FieldsEpigenetics, cell biology

Bruce Harold Lipton (born October 21, 1944) is an American developmental biologist noted for his views on epigenetics.

In his book The Biology of Belief, he claims that beliefs control human biology rather than DNA and inheritance.[1] Lipton's contentious claims have not received attention from mainstream science.[2]


Lipton received a B.A. in biology from C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University in 1966 and a PhD in developmental biology from the University of Virginia in 1971.[3] From 1973 to 1982, he taught anatomy at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, before joining St. George's University School of Medicine as a professor of anatomy for three years.[3] Lipton has said that sometime in the 1980s, he rejected atheism and came to believe that the way cells function demonstrates the existence of God.[4][5]

From 1987 to 1992, Lipton was involved in research at Pennsylvania State University and Stanford University Medical Center.[3] Since 1993, he has been teaching in non-tenured positions at primarily alternative and chiropractic colleges and schools.[3]

Lipton has said, "When I first started back in the '70s and my research was coming out, it was the golden age of genes. My research irritated a lot of people. I always thought of them as lemmings running off the cliff of DNA, and I'm standing there on the side with the results from my stem-cell studies thinking, 'Oh my God, you're all going the wrong way.' At some point I realised that they marginalised my work because it didn't conform to their conventional beliefs and I thought, well, they're not even being scientists. And I just left the system. I realised the message is more important for the average person than it is to argue in the halls of science".[6]

Lipton has received the 2009 Goi Peace Award.[7]


In 2010, in her opinion column in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Katherine Ellison wrote that Lipton "remains on the sidelines of conventional discussions of epigenetics", and quoted him saying he was basically ignored by mainstream science.[2]

In Science-Based Medicine, professor David Gorski described Lipton as a "well-known crank" and likened his idea to the law of attraction, also known as "The Secret": "wanting something badly enough makes it so".[8]


  • The Biology of Belief – Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter & Miracles (2005)
  • Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There from Here (2010)
  • The Honeymoon Effect: The Science of Creating Heaven on Earth (2013)
  • The Biology of Belief - 10th Anniversary Edition (2015)

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  1. ^ Olund, Jeanne (2010). "A Review of "The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, and Miracles"". The Journal of New Paradigm Research. 66 (5): 381–385.
  2. ^ a b Ellison, Katherine (2010). "New Age or "New Biology"?". Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 8 (2): 112. doi:10.1890/1540-9295-8.2.112. Lipton remains on the sidelines of conventional discussions of epigenetics. Mainstream science has basically ignored him, he says—something he may in fact have encouraged, with his extraordinarily unrestrained enthusiasm.
  3. ^ a b c d Lipton, Bruce (December 13, 2013). "Curriculum Vitae".[self-published source]
  4. ^ Miller, David Ian (November 14, 2005). "Finding My Religion: Bruce Lipton, cell biologist and author of "The Biology of Belief," says it's our beliefs, not our DNA, that control our biology". SF Gate. Retrieved April 15, 2014.
  5. ^ Kohn, Rachael (July 5, 2013). "Spiritual Scientists: the researchers finding God in a petri dish". ABC Online. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  6. ^ "Bruce Lipton and the biology of belief -". WellBeing Magazine. February 18, 2014. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  7. ^ "2009 Goi Peace Award Laureate". The Goi Peace Foundation. August 2009.
  8. ^ Gorski, David (February 4, 2013). "Epigenetics: It doesn't mean what quacks think it means". Science-Based Medicine.

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