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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)

“This is one of the most important books to be published in the last decades. Ervin Laszlo’s Science and the Akashic Field has the power and coherence to explain the major phenomena of cosmos, life, and mind as they occur at the various levels of nature and society. In demonstrating that an information field is a fundamental factor in the universe, Ervin Laszlo catalyzes a radical paradigm-shift in the contemporary sciences.”
(Ignazio Masulli, Ph.D., professor of history, University of Bologna, Italy, and coauthor of The Evolution of Cognitive Maps)

“Laszlo’s book opens the way toward a great synthesis. Whoever reads Laszlo’s book witnesses the greatest awakening of the human spirit. Not since Plato and Democritus has there been such a transformation in the history of thought!”
(László Gazdag, Ph.D., physicist and professor of Social Sciences, Science University of Pécs, Hungary, and author of Beyond the Theory of Relativity)

“In his admirable 40-year quest for an integral theory of everything, Laszlo has. . . presented a coherent global hypothesis of connectivity between quantum, cosmos, life and consciousness." (Zev Naveh, Ph.D., professor emeritus, Israel Institute of Technology, and author of Landscape Ecology)

Science and the Akashic Field provides the pioneering scientific answer to. . .fundamental questions our species faces at this critical time in human evolution.”
(David Loye, Ph.D., former research director of the Program on Psychosocial Adaptation and the Future, UCLA School of Medicine, and author of An Arrow Through Chaos)

Science and the Akashic Field . . . . offers humanity the perspective of more peace and security, not as an idealistic goal but as a reflection of reality.”
(Jurriaan Kamp, editor in chief of Ode Magazine and author of Because People Matter)

“. . . Ervin Laszlo’s brilliant new work, Science and the Akashic Field, surpasses previous explorations. . . . This is a “make-sense-of-the-complex” opus, accessible to every reader.”
(A. Harris Stone, Ed.D., founder of The Graduate Institute in Milford, Connecticut, and author of The Last Free Bird)

“. . . . This is a solidly grounded vision of our cosmos, with perspectives that are wide and deep and have profound implications for all of us.”
(Henrik B. Tschudi, chairman of the Flux Foundation, Oslo, Norway)

“If you ever wanted to hold the universe in your hand. . . .You can hardly do better than join cosmologist Ervin Laszlo in the ultimate quest: for a theory of everything.”
(Christian de Quincey, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, John F. Kennedy University, editor of Institute of Noetic Sciences’ IONS Review, and author of Radical Nature: Rediscovering the Soul of Matter)

“Ervin Laszlo is, arguably, the most profound thinker alive today.”
(Lady Montagu of Beaulieu, First Ambassador of the Club of Budapest)

Decoding GUTs, WIMPs, and The Big Crunch, Ervin Laszlo brings the ancient Indian concept of akasha into the new millennium and convincingly details how science is turning this metaphor into a viable scientific theory.”
(Spirit of Change, March-April 2005)

". . . lends credance to our deepest intuitions of the oneness of life and the whole of creation."
(Share Guide, Sept-Oct 2005, Issue #81)

". . . provides a non-technical introduction to explain how the interaction of vacuum torson waves could scientifically prove that everything and everyone in the universe is connected."
(Alec Franklor, Edge Life, Sep 2007)

"Laszlo easily and ably presents the scientific case in terms everyone can understand. There is an extensive bibliography of technical journals for those who wish to know more."
(W. Ritchie Benedict, New Dawn )

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions (September 23, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594770425
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594770425
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,208,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I was in college, I picked up Ervin Laszlo's "Introduction to Systems Philosophy," and it was one of the most fascinating things I'd ever read. He was not addressing repeatable experiments to verify predictions of specific experimental phenomena. He was trying to come to realistic grips with something we all experience though we had no scientific models at the time to cover it. He was trying to describe how wholes relate to interacting parts.

Whether a result of his observations or just cultural evolution, it is now relatively commonplace to accept, under the banner of various different terms and theories, that complex systems have their own properties distinct from those of their individual parts. The simple rules followed by individual ants lead to something unexpectedly interesting when there are hundreds of thousands of them forming colonies.

I think it is in this spirit that Laszlo's recent work should be first considered. He isn't trying to come up with a way to predict particular experimental phenomena, as far as I can tell, he is trying to capture larger patterns of empirical evidence with greater generalities. His respect for science and mathematics and his undeniable brilliance distinguish this effort from most of what you might find in the "Speculation" or "Metaphysics" section of the local bookstore.

The general notion that Eastern and Western cosmologies contain different perhaps complementary visions is hardly revolutionary any longer, nor can it be credited (entirely) with any particular scientific progress, unless you are going to say that new metaphors are all there is to building new theories.
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This is an interesting little bit of mind candy I saw in a metaphysical bookstore while on a trip. It made the wait in the airport and the flight home go very quickly, and it really is rather entertaining and thought provoking.

This is an ambitious undertaking, trying in one fell swoop to present, as the author says, "An Integral Theory of Everything". What Laszlo does here is present a number of anomalies from the fields of physics (cosmology and quantum physics), biology and "consciousness research", and then he tries to explain all these anomalies with the theory of an "Akashic Field" in which this and perhaps infinite other universes are embedded. This Akashic Field contains and is the source for not only all matter and energy, but for consciousness as well. Heady stuff, but it is not a rigorously "hard science" presentation, rather one that is approachable even by people with little exposure to scientific thought. And yet he then makes it even more approachable: he nicely divides the book into chapters of varying scientific difficulty, so that the true novice can still read the book and follow the essence of his argument merely by skipping the slightly more rigorous sections and chapters. It is a thoughtful touch that he pulls off quite nicely.

I've had more than a passing interest in this field for several decades now. I trained as a biologist and microbiologist who ultimately went into psychiatry after med school, with an initial interest and emphasis on Transpersonal Psychology and "consciousness research", even training for three years with Stan Grof, whose work is mentioned in the book.
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Laszlo has done an amazing job of pulling together the pieces of what in the end is a pretty well thought out "theory of everything." His language is precise and lucid, and makes sense of a great body of scientific research, unexplained phenomena, and things that are for many intuitive insights. A key element, which Laszlo touches tangentially on in the course of the book, is the relationship of elements of his central thesis to ancient wisdom traditions, etc. I was struck by the fact that much of the conclusions that Laszlo comes to from a "scientific" approach have long been part and parcel of, for example, Buddhist thought and cosmology. Indeed, almost every conclusion that Laszlo comes to has a counterpart in Buddhist philosophy, from reincarnation to impermanence. For the practicing Buddhist, most of the book is quite readily accessible, and criticism directed at the book by those with a scientific bent suffers from the usual symptoms. Scientists want "proof" and "repeatability" before they can accept anything, they want years of study and peer review, and articles published in Nature, etc. The problem with this approach is that it dismisses other types of equally valid experiences, and ones which many scientists are typically manifestly unqualified to assess. Buddhist monks trained for years in the rigors of mind training, meditation, and the cultivation of mindfulness and insight, are capable of directly experiencing the type of reality that Laszlo describes...let these critical scientists duplicate this rigorous training process before rendering judgement on such matters. And scientists should also show a little humility, if one had polled the scientific community a two hundred years ago, the accepted wisdom on a host of matters at that time, would now appear quite laughable, but would have been as staunchly defended as some paradigms today...bravo to Laszlo for being such a visionary....
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