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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)
“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)
". . . 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)
". . . 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)
“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 D)
“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 Creatin)
“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)
“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 Evol)
“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 P&)
“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 Ecolog)
"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)
“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)
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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 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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For those who have concluded as I had that the Universe speaks through cognitive Beings' mouths and feels itself through our hearts in a thrilling cosmic feedback loop... .
Especially if you are a scientist feeling that functional outcomes without some kind of totality of infinite mystery is a desiccated, even tired reactionary dead end... for the poetic soul who is alienated from science... for couples wondering at their attractions and the meaning of love and for the lover of intelligence and wonder and optimism... and for the religious and spiritual too (with the caveat below), buy and I suspect share this very important even, beautiful book.
Small with no equations... written briskly and with largely simple proses, proving that profundity is reliably identified by its simplicity of description when that expression... draws near to a core truth.
But of course the "in-formed" review field must include some negative to be really creative: the word God apparently is anathema to Mr. Laszlo... he cuts any mention of the idea by saying that any form of divinity is not needed to explain the Universe as we experience it or its God like... nature.
This I found to be shallow... information is not the state of an electrical/chemical structure of the brain or a memory chip etc. nor is it the "A Field," that is his "Akashic Field," or the Knowing Field... .
Laszlo wants to create a new physical description of why coherence is experimentally seen in divergent fields that transcends physical connection as currently described by normative science thought schemes. This I applaud... but why he is allergic to the word "God" to the point at least of exploring to a small degree... the obvious similarities in religions... to his ideas... is more interesting.
Read his description of his own intellectual journey at the end of the book. It is interesting but one quickly understands the absence of the "G" word or reference to it except tangentially in New Age speak here and there: he is a UN, UNESCO, Club of Rome kind of "systems analyst" and WE are the system.
Throw in "sabbaticals" to his "farmhouse in Tuscany," etc. etc. .
I still highly recommend the book but be aware that there may be a world control agenda "system" that has cooped Mr. Laszlo without his knowledge or with it... . How a man can come to the conclusions of this book and still spend months writing for the U.N. ... as a proffered mechanism for the implementation of his ideas one must assume... is chilling and a mystery.
Given his background written in some detail at the back of the book...one can only say there must be more to Mr. Laszlo politically than this book reveals... or he is still naive in the extreme but that is hard to believe.
The Beast funds anything that tears down ultimately... individuality responsibility/freedom/creativity... NOT that I am accusing the author of that only that a forced... "Akashic Field" is a ridiculous concept and anathema, to what he centrally describes here which is worthy and insightful. But it must be said and should be said more often that the dark Force that is behind the timed collapse of economies and a symphony of wars to produce a world government outcome... uses every tool in the intellectual box for its ends.
This book is recommended for those who are tired of theories and would like a more plausible, genuine theory, that electrifies the mind to possibilities.