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Science and the Akashic Field: An Integral Theory of Everything Paperback – September 23, 2004
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". . . an eminently readable book written by a preeminent mind of our time. . . . It inspires us to reach beyond the known into the further reaches of our knowing and imagination. . . . Laszlo integrates a vast array of contemporary scientific and perrenial philosophic knowledge, distilling it into a simple and elegant synthesis."
(Yasuhiko Genku Kimura, More Than A Book Review)
". . . Laszlo's new book is a provocative overview and a masterful synthesis of knowledge at the frontiers of cosmology, physics, neurobiology, and consciousness studies. . . . provides strong support for the idea that finally we have a common unifying concept for science and spirituality."
(Christian De Quincey, Ph.D., Shift, Mar-May, 2005)
". . . will be of aid to those students interested in utilising modern science to explain the subtle and unseen."
(The Beacon, Mar-Apr, 2005)
". . . deeper research into nature's information field is essential. . . . What we discover will have profound personal and social impacts, and . . . accessing this knowledge is intrinsic to the evolution of consciousness."
(Nexus, Mar-Apr, 2005)
". . . highly empirical and impressive . . . manages to reveal the connectivity of a wide range of established principles . . . . expands the mind to the point that readers will exit this changed."
(New Age Retailer, Trade Show Issue 2005, Vol. 19, No. 4)
“Ervin Laszlo presents readers with a tour de force, nothing less than a theory of everything. This book introduces such provocative concepts as the “A-field” and the “informed universe,” making the case that a complete understanding of reality is woefully lacking without them. Readers of this book will never view the universe in quite the same way again.”
(Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., professor of psychology, Saybrook Graduate School, and author and co-editor of Varieties of Anomalous Experience)
“Over the last 30 years, Ervin Laszlo has consistently been at the forefront of scientific inquiry, exploring the frontiers of knowledge with insight, wisdom and integrity. With Science and the Akashic Field he takes another quantum leap forward in our understanding of the universe and ourselves. This enthralling vision of mind, science, and universe is essential reading for the 21st century.”
(Alfonso Montuori, Ph.D., California Institute of Integral Studies, and author of Creators on Creating)
“It is rare indeed that a revolution in thought can open our eyes to a new universe that transforms our inner experience as well as our relationships with others and even with the cosmos. Martin Buber did it with I and Thou. Now, Ervin Laszlo, one of the most profound minds of our generation, has given us a great gift in this readable book that explores how we are connected to each other in fields of resonance that penetrate to the deepest levels of being.”
(Allan Combs, Ph.D., professor of psychology, University of North Carolina at Asheville, and author of The Radiance of Being)
“In this impressive and transformative work Laszlo brings the reader into an integral worldview for our time. The reader who encounters this book will be irrevocably transformed and will henceforth experience the world through a global lens.”
(Ashok Gangadean, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, Haverford College, founder-director of the Global Dialogue Institute, and author of The Awakening of the Global Mind)
“In a visionary way based on profound knowledge of modern science, Laszlo creates a genuine architecture of human and cosmic evolution. He provides the bridge between all the different puzzle-stones of science and unifies them in a most remarkable and bold ‘integral theory of everything.’”
(Fritz-Albert Popp, Ph.D., director of the International Institute of Biophysics and editor of Recent Advances in Biophoton Research)
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“This important work unifies the realms of science and consciousness in a truly integral ‘theory of everything.’”
Ralph Abraham, Ph.D., professor of mathematics, University of California, and coauthor of Chaos, Creativity, and Cosmic Consciousness
"A seminal book from one of the best thinkers of our time. Ervin Laszlo charts the frontiers to which science is inexorably headed. In years to come people will look back at the amazing foresight of this work.”
Peter Russell, Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and the Findhorn Foundation and author of From Science to God
“With extraordinary intellectual clarity, Laszlo provides a vision that links the best of modern science to the wisdom of the great spiritual traditions.”
Stanislav Grof, M.D., Ph.D., president and founder of the International Transpersonal Association and author of The Holotropic Mind
Mystics and sages have long maintained that there exists an interconnecting cosmic field at the roots of reality that conserves and conveys information, a field known as the Akashic record. Recent discoveries in vacuum physics show that this Akashic field is real and has its equivalent in science’s zero-point field that underlies space itself. This field consists of a subtle sea of fluctuating energies from which all things arise: atoms and galaxies, stars and planets, living beings, and even consciousness. This zero-point Akashic-field--or “A-field”-- is the constant and enduring memory of the universe. It holds the record of all that ever happened on Earth and in the cosmos and relates it to all that is yet to happen.
In Science and the Akashic Field philosopher and scientist Ervin Laszlo conveys the essential element of this information field in language that is accessible and clear. From the world of science he confirms our deepest intuitions of the oneness of creation in the Integral Theory of Everything. We discover that, as philosopher William James stated, “We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.”
ERVIN LASZLO, holder of the highest degree of the Sorbonne (the State Doctorate), is recipient of four Honorary Ph.D.s and numerous awards and distinctions, including the 2001 Goi Award (the Japan Peace Prize). 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 in the U.S., Europe, and the Far East, Laszlo is founder and president of the international think tank The Club of Budapest as well as of the General Evolution Research Group. The author of over 400 papers and 74 books translated into 20 languages, he lives in Tuscany.
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Deepak Chopra, M.D. wrote about this book: ‘The most brilliant, comprehensive, and intellectually satisfying integral theory of everything that I have ever read.’
The author introduces the book with the following elucidation that I think is worth to be quoted in its integrality:
—Akasha (â · kâ · sha) is a Sanskrit world meaning ‘ether’: all-pervasive space. Originally signifying ‘radiation’ or ‘brilliance’ in Indian philosophy akasha was considered the first and most fundamental of the five elements – the others being vata (air), agni (fire), ap (water), and prithivi (earth). Akasha embraces the properties of all five elements: it is the womb from which everything we perceive with our senses has emerged and into which everything will ultimately re-descend. The Akashic Record (also called The Akashic Chronicle) is the enduring record of all that happens, and has ever happened, in space and time.
There is something like a dialectic movement to be observed in the scientific evolution of humanity. There was first a high development of single individuals that today we call sages, who knew that all life is unity, that essential oneness is the most important feature of our cosmos—and thus that all is somehow interrelated. Then there was a phase of dissection, where the unitary and holistic thinking became split up, and where science that today we qualify as mechanistic ‘clockwork science’ was looking at the parts rather than the whole, and accordingly observed a cosmos that consisted of single elements without relationship to each other. That phase was rather short, some three hundred years at best, and the turn of events occurred in the lifetime and under the physics pulpit of Albert Einstein.
It was as if the Newtonian universe which created classical mechanics was going to pieces, virtually with every day, with the discovery of more and more correlations between phenomena that formerly had been considered as separated, and that were relegated to different scientific disciplines. And there was something like a turning point that we could perhaps correlate with the formulation of Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle. While Einstein had helped this whole scientific revolution in motion through his early observation that a particle can be particle at times and wave at other times, and that its wave-like state collapses under observation—and thus under the impact of human consciousness—he resisted to admit that relativity theory was not the last word to be said in physics. Meanwhile, the paradoxes accumulated and it all got to a point where holistic thinkers such as Laszlo, who see the big picture, formulated scientifically the coherence factor that links all together in the cosmos. Laszlo called it the information field, Akashic field or A-field.
This field has been called zero-point field by others, or simply field, else quantum vacuum or quantum field by still others. Harold Saxton Burr has anticipated it with his concept of the L-field. However, it has to be seen that Burr was still thinking in terms of electromagnetic fields.
The earlier research done on the cosmic life energy by Paracelsus, Swedenborg, Mesmer, Reichenbach, Reich, Lakhovsky and Emoto was explicitly registering that the cosmic energy also is a cosmic memory surface, which is an aspect that was not per se apparent in the earlier research.
Laszlo apparently wanted to introduce into the scientific context the esoteric notion of the Akashic Records, which was given substantial weight with the readings of Edgar Cayce together with the notion of one single most potent agent, creator energy or creator principle.
I won’t comment in this review on the first three chapters that are more or less a summary of the quantum paradoxes, and will thus jump directly to Chapter Four ‘Searching for the Memory of the Universe’ where the author writes that our present science paradigm is not large enough to encompass the new notion of the information field and therefore has to be expanded. He notes four points that I shall quote here as they are mark stones for further research on the matter:
—The universe as a whole manifests fine-tuned correlations that defy commonsense explanation.
—Astonishingly close correlations exist on the level of the quantum: every particle that has ever occupied the same quantum state as another particle remains correlated with it in a mysterious, nonenergetic way.
—Post-Darwinian evolutionary theory and quantum biology discover similarly puzzling correlation within the organism and between the organism and its milieu.
—The correlations that come to light in the farther reaches of consciousness research are just as strange: they are in the form of ‘transpersonal connections’ between the consciousness of one person and the mind and body of another./45
Let’s not forget to mention Nikola Tesla here, who was one of the early pioneers and who said, as reported by Laszlo, that the curvature of space, which was Einstein’s explanation of the interconnectedness of quantum phenomena, as for example the slowing down of clocks and the shrinking of yardsticks near the speed of light, was not the answer. Contrary to Fritjof Capra who argues more on the line of Einstein, denying the existence of the ether as a valid scientific term, Laszlo affirmed it as an ‘invisible energy field’, calling it the ‘luminiferous ether’ in his background brief ‘The Quantum Vacuum’ and showed that it is a ‘physically real cosmic plenum.’
The scientific explanation of how the quantum vacuum impacts upon the historical experience of matter, Laszlo reports, was explained by a theory presented by Russian researchers and that is known as the torsion-wave theory. According to this theory, torsion waves, which thus must be thought of as information rays, link the universe at a group speed of the order of 109 c—one billion times the speed of light! The information aspect of the waves was explained, according to Laszlo by a Hungarian researcher as related to the spin of the particle, which results in a magnetic effect. The magnetic impulse becomes registered in the vacuum in the form of minute vortices.
As this kind of connectedness may be difficult to comprehend, Laszlo compares it with the sea. As the water of the sea interconnects all vessels, fish, and other objects in the water, and as the waves of water impact upon the motion of ships, these objects all being ‘in-formed’ by the motion, so do the torsion waves modulate all things in the cosmos, by creating complex patterns. Practically, we can deduce the location, speed and even the tonnage of vessels by analyzing the resulting wave-interference patterns. And here is a sentence to be carefully noted for it fully confirms Masaru Emoto’s idea that water contains a memory:
—Water has a remarkable capacity to register and conserve information, as indicated by, among other things, homeopathic remedies that remain effective even when not a single molecule of the original substance remains in a dilution./53
The next very important clarification regards the oft debated question if the quantum vacuum is really frictionless; many question that a frictionless vacuum could exist at all. Yet, Laszlo points to the recognized superfluidity of supercooled helium (2.17 Kelvin), which is a vacuum that according to John Wheeler’s calculations has an energy density of 1094 erg per cubic centimeter, which is more than the energy associated with all the matter particles in the universe, when measured moving at the speed of the light.
Now, let us look what information does to the vacuum. Laszlo speaks of a ground state, which is when no information flow is registered. When vortices excite the vacuum, what happens is that interference patterns are created which contain the actual information.
I would like to mention here the excellent study by Michael Talbot, 'The Holographic Universe', which I equally reviewed, and that gains a much greater importance after these revelations about the actual nature of holograms, and how they are created. Laszlo ends the chapter with the lucid statement that ‘the quantum vacuum generates the holographic field that is the memory of the universe’. It could not be clearer.
I would rate the `A' Field five stars for the value of the inclusion of comments from other scientists and thinkers, the references plus further reading section, and the key ideas boxed and highlighted throughout each chapter alone. At times the implications of the `bits joining it all together' took a while for me to absorb because of their shear expansive nature. I would happily re-read this book along with Lynne McTaggarts "The Field" knowing I would get more from them both every time. They are surprisingly complementary and for science texts, quite exciting. In a way, Lynne McTaggart's material emphasis's the nature of experiments with consciousness, whereas Laszlo emphasises how these results may parallel and then converge to finally merge with spiritual knowledge and then morphose into a form of grand unified theory of everything. Astounding work; clear, concise, articulate, objectives stated up front. Great thinkpiece and at a cost of around 10 bucks, you can't lose!
Regards, Daniel John Hancock
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