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Science and the Akashic Field: An Integral Theory of Everything Paperback – May 3, 2007
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“. . . 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)
“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 Institut)
“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)
“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, Cre)
“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 o)
"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 an)
"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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NEW SCIENCE / PHYSICS
“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 is the constant and enduring memory of the universe. It holds the record of all that has 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) and nominations for the 2004 and 2005 Nobel Peace Prizes. He is a former professor of philosophy, systems theory, and futures studies in the U.S., Europe, and the Far East and founder and president of the international think-tank the Club of Budapest as well as of the General Evolution Research Group. The author of 75 books, translated into 20 languages, he lives in Italy.
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As the book obviously has a thrust into the mystical, there seems to be a vision of the human race as participants in (in the coherence of) a collective consciousness. Lacking is any recognition or weight on the principle of the Christ consciousness, namely, that of Cosmic Being fully aware of Itself as an individual (or the individual fully aware of Itself as Cosmic Being). What power a race of such individuals - each like a Babaji - would be in this world; such would not be limited by false resource constraints/assumptions, nor be fit subjects for control by a one world government. But Laszlo seems only interested in the collective (coherent) consciousness of the race, i.e., each individual aware of himself as a member of the collective, universal consciousness - uncomfortably resonant of the Borg.
One picks up this collectivist strain in Laszlo's autobiographical discussion at the end of the book. From concert pianist, he becomes associated with the Club of Rome, editing/producing a book, "Goals for Mankind." I have this book at hand. Its astounding list of prestigious contributors can only be an index into the elite power behind the scenes that coordinated this book. Its thesis turns heavily on the concept of a finite pie of resources or a limited and soon-to-be-consumed-resources view of the globe. It ends by proposing another level of "system" injected into global organization - what could only be a vast Brussels-like bureaucracy that would coordinate and control all energy policy for all nations across the globe. This is hardly the vision of an unlimited Christ Consciousness. This is just one dimension in what is clearly envisioned as a world government with sovereign nations subordinate to some mysteriously appointed "wise" officials (visions of Plato's controlled "utopia") who could only create a grid-lock of insane bureaucratic policy of stupendous proportions. Levin's "Ameritopia" actually contains deeper spiritual insight. Laszlo has gone on to found the Club of Budapest, an organization apparently oriented to exploring the one world vision of a religion. I can only think this agenda and predilection is behind the subtle, collectivist orientation one senses in Science and the Akashic Field.
This book is a work of pseudoscience. The presentation is to first review advances in physics, then to present pseudoscience such as dowsing, remote viewing, psychic healing --- you name it. The author then returns to more reviews of advances in physics, then back to pseudoscience. The main thesis is that there is some field (the "Akashic" field) that permeates the universe or the Metaverse (the *real* universe!) and informs (actually "in-forms" as "in the process of formation" --- cute, eh?) all parts of the universe of everything that happens everywhere else at all times.
Although the author claims that his thesis is "not unscientific," his presentation of the theory, presentation of evidence, etc. is definitely unscientific. This author presents a well-known logical fallacy: Scientific language does not make science. That is, merely using the terminology of, and citing results from a discipline does not make the discussion valid in that discipline. This author is obviously attempting to put his ideas in good standing by name-dropping, aligning his thesis with selected portions of modern science, and so on.
You can easily achieve the same good results by reading articles in Scientific American. You can avoid the ill effects of this book by reading Skeptical Inquirer.
After watching an interview of the author on YouTube I decided to acquire his book. I was impressed by the views he expressed and was looking forward to find more about him. But even if I was already familiar with many of the ideas that are discussed here and consider myself open minded towards any bold proposition on the "fringe" of science, I was taken aback by the numerous affirmations that Laszlo wants to shove down our collective throat. It's one affirmation after the other, and there is no room for discussion. You take it or you leave it. It's almost as if God had revealed to Laszlo, and no one else, how the world was created. But even if the author appears to have some mystical inclination this does not necessarily mean that it is a spiritual book, like some reviewers have claimed. For it remains essentially a science book. Fringe science would actually be the best way to characterize this work. I know that many concepts of science were at one point considered "fringe science" before they were integrated to the mainstream, and this could indeed be the case one day for some of the ideas that Laszlo presents here. But he has not proven anything yet and most importantly he makes no predictions that could be verified in the future.
Laszlo is quick to dismiss some competing theories which in his mind are only imaginative working hypothesis that can be viewed as fables. But he doesn't seem to realize that what he himself proposes is every bit as "fabulous". For he makes extremely radical assumptions about the nature of the world. And these assumptions are presented as if they were facts. But in reality Laszlo brings forward a lot of unproven scientific claims in this book. This is not pseudo-science though. What is discussed in this book is real science, but it is not documented and demonstrated the way we would expect from someone who has an academic background like Laszlo. We have to keep in mind that he is more a philosopher than a scientist. Unfortunately he appears to be mixing the two together. Even though scientific arguments can be used for philosophical speculation we have to be careful not to confuse one with the other.
In that respect Laszlo went way too far and definitely crossed the line between philosophy and science. And just like when Caesar crossed the Rubicon, Laszlo never turned back. He never even looked back. It's all forward the moment we open the book and nothing will stop him. He charges all along and will take no prisoners on his way to the throne of the Universe.