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Introduction: A Meaningful Scientific Worldview for Our Time PART ONE THE FOUNDATIONS OF AN INTEGRAL THEORY OF EVERYTHING How Information Connects Everything to Everything Else 1 The Challenge of an Integral Theory of Everything Approaches to a Genuine TOE 2 On Puzzles and Fables: Drivers of the Next Paradigm Shift in Science 3 A Concise Catalog of the Puzzles of Coherence The Puzzles of Coherence in Quantum Physics The Puzzles of Coherence in Cosmology The Puzzles of Coherence in Biology The Puzzles of Coherence in Consciousness 4 The Crucial Science Fable--In-formation in Nature The Quantum Vacuum--or Plenum "In-formation" in the Quantum Vacuum The Parable of the Sea Enter the Akashic Field PART TWO THE IN-FORMED UNIVERSE Perennial Questions and Fresh Answers from the Integral Theory of Everything 5 The Origins and Destiny of Life and the Universe Where Everything Came From--and Where It Is Going Origins and Evolution of Our Universe Life on Earth and in the Universe The Future of Life in the Cosmos Glimpses of Ultimate Reality 6 Consciousness--Human and Cosmic The Roots of Consciousness Evolutionary Panpsychism The Wider In-formation of Consciousness The Next Evolution of Human Consciousness Cosmic Consciousness The Farthermost Reaches of Consciousness 7 The Poetry of Akashic Vision The Phenomenon of Coherence: A Deeper Look at the Scientific Evidence Over Four Decades in Quest of an Integral Theory of Everything: An Autobiographical Retrospective References Essential Reading: A Bibliography of Additional Research Reports and Theories Index
Ervin Laszlo holds of the highest degree of the Sorbonne (the State Doctorate), and was nominated for the 2004 and 2005 Nobel Peace Prize. He is also 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.
"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 * "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 * "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 * "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!" * Laszlo Gazdag, Ph.D., physicist and professor of Social Sciences, Science University of P& * "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 * "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 * "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 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 * "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 * ". . . 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 * ". . . will be of aid to those students interested in utilising modern science to explain the subtle and unseen." * The Beacon, Mar-Apr, 2005 * ". . . 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 * "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 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 * "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 * "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 * "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 * ". . . lends credance to our deepest intuitions of the oneness of life and the whole of creation." * Share Guide, Sept-Oct 2005, Issue #81 * "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 * "Ervin Laszlo is, arguably, the most profound thinker alive today." * Lady Montagu of Beaulieu, First Ambassador of the Club of Budapest * "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 * "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 * ". . . 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 *