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The Chaos Point: The World at the Crossroads Paperback – May 3, 2006

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"This book will change the world." --James O'Dea, President, The Institute of Noetic Sciences

About the Author

Ervin Lazslo holds the highest degree of the Sorbonne (the State Doctorate) and is recipient of four Honorary Ph.D.s. The author of nearly forty books, in 2004 he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize as well as the Templeton Prize. A former professor of philosophy, systems theory, and futures studies, Laszlo is founder and president of the international think tank The Club of Budapest. He lives in Tuscany. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing (May 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571744851
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571744852
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,234,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ervin Laszlo, twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, is editor of the international periodical World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution and Chancellor-Designate of the newly formed GlobalShift University. He is the founder and president of the international think tanks the Club of Budapest and the General Evolution Research Group and the author of 83 books translated into 21 languages. He lives in Italy.

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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Richard G. Petty on January 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
I very rarely review more than one book by the same author, but in this case it is absolutely justified.

In the 1960s the Club of Rome was one of the first organizations to declare that there were "limits to growth." Today that seems so obvious, but then the very idea stirred up a hornet's nest of opposition.

There are still plenty of people who are convinced that either there is no problem, or that we are going to innovate our way out of any potential difficulties.

Many other experts are now of the opinion that we have left everything too late, and that we are on an inevitable downward path toward oblivion.

In Ervin Laszlo's new book, he acknowledges the seriousness of our situation, but is one of the hardy band of pioneers who see the problems as a "decision window" where we face not only the danger of total global collapse, but also the opportunity for renewal of the world.

We all of us need to change the way in which we see the world and then to take action.

Or else we shall probably not be here that much longer.

This message is indeed very positive.

According to the author, we just need to wake up. And this book outlines a precise map for doing exactly that.

Highly recommended.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Elliott C. Maynard on August 12, 2006
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Ervin Laszlo is one of the most brilliant individuals of our times. In "The Chaos Point" he creates a tapestry based on his wealth of experiences in International Leadership and Transformative Thinking...the culmination of his co-evolutionary activities with The Club of Rome, and as Founder of the Club of Budapest. Within this book are contained the essences of Critical Strategies for Transformation within the context of Systems Science, and Chaos Theory. From this Chaos Theory Perspective, Laszlo highlights "Chaos Windows" as transition periods, and "Chaos Points" as Tipping Points - both critical opportunities during which decisive actions by Global Leaders can be disproportionally magnified to effect positive global transformation, which will result in co-evolutionary leaps in the Global Social Consciousness, and shift the balance of powers toward Global Peace and Biospsherical Sustainability. This is a brilliantly crafted book, and represents the cultimation of Laszlo's Life Works and the synthesis of over 20 books, and a wealth of experience in the field of Global Leadership and Social Transformation. Elliott Maynard, Ph.D., President, Arcos Cielos Research Center, Sedona, Arizona, USA, [...]
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Robert Macomber on August 13, 2006
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Stop. Right now. Go no further. Although there may be several million other books in the Amazon system, I cannot imagine that there is a better one than Dr. Ervin Laszlo's, The Chaos Point.

When I picked up this book for the first time and glanced at the back of it, I got a feeling inside of me that I have experienced only a handful of times in my life. Indeed, before I had even finished reading the back cover, I instinctively knew that I was holding in my hands a book that would forever change the way I looked at our world.

What was written on the back cover that so moved me were the following words:

"We are at a critical juncture in history, a `decision-window' where we face the danger of global collapse - or the opportunity for global renewal. Written by Ervin Laszlo, the founder of systems philosophy and general evolution theory,The Chaos Point provides a concise overview of the present world situation, showing where we are and how we got here.

"According to Laszlo, for the next six to seven years - roughly until the end of 2012 - we have the opportunity to head off trends that would lead to a critical tipping point. Beyond this `chaos point,' we either evolve to a safer more sustainable world, or the social, economic, and ecological systems that frame our life become overstressed and break down.

"The 2012 chaos point need not be the end of the world, but it will certainly be the end of the kind of the world we have created. In today's decision window, we have a unique chance to break through to a new world. This pioneering book tells us what this new world can look like and how each of us can help to achieve it.

"The Chaos Point is a healing book.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Robert H. Braswell on August 26, 2006
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This is a well written book by an author with an outstanding international reputation. The condition of the earth and human culture today is at a critical crossroad. Conditions may either get better for most of the people on the planet or they may become so bad that human life here may be destroyed.

This book should receive world wide publicity with encouragement for as many people as possible to read it. Then we need to insist that our leaders begin immediately to take steps to choose the best action for the welfare of all humans and our planet.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By 52 weeks, 52 books on February 14, 2007
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Laszlo claims we are just now moving beyond the Iron Age and what comes next is not clear. The worse things get, however, the more people will work for improvement. What we need is general agreement that all should live "in a way that allows all other people to live as well." Unbridled consumption is the way to global destruction. Like David Korten (The Great Turning), Laszlo optimistically looks to all those who meditate, eat wisely, recycle, etc. as the vanguard of the new age.
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