On the Nightstand: Robert Lanza

Sunday, August 31, 2008
Michael Lewis

What is the eminent stem cell researcher Robert Lanza (see DISCOVER Interview) reading? Not much, it turns out. Next to Lanza’s bed, in his home on his private island in a Massachusetts pond, there are:

- “Quite a few dust bunnies”

- An indoor/outdoor thermometer: “I have a huge botanical garden inside my house, and many of the plants have to be kept at a certain temperature—one would die if it dropped below 50 degrees.”

- A dusty telescope

- Books? What books? Lanza has never been much of a reader. “I think this was absolutely critical to the development of [my theory of] biocentrism,” he says. “It was important not to have too many preconceptions.”

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