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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: #2,467,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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The Chaos Point: The world at the crossroads, by Ervin Laszlo, Piatkus, London, 2006, 206 ff.

The author, who has written many books on a variety of subjects, is probably best described as a futurist – someone who examines the ills of society with the purpose and hope of turning unfavourable situations around for the benefit of all concerned. Many of the problems he defines here have been described by previous authors, and addressed through the work of international social or environmental agencies.

The core issue described here is that humankind is on course for extinction if we either ignore global problems or simply tinker at the edges in addressing them. The economic and environmental conditions existing in the world will soon (within decades?) reach a ‘tipping point’ or ‘chaos point’ beyond which they will change irreversibly and possibly disastrously unless we take coordinated global action to alter attitudes and practices, in both the rich and developing countries alike.

So, many agencies are convinced that there is an urgent need for change in social philosophies. But how is this to be achieved? Individual human nature is likely to be essentially the same in the next few decades as it has been in the past few decades. It is only by coordinated action by influential groups of people that any worthwhile changes can be implemented. Such groups will have many factors working against them and over which they will have little control – violent political upheavals; global epidemics like AIDS, bird flu or Ebola; rapidly changing weather systems; exponentially increasing global population; and, as nations are forced to work ever more closely together, an increasing anti-globalization movement.
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