Ervin Laszlo, born 1932 in Budapest, Hungary, is a philosopher of science, systems theorist, integral theorist, and classical pianist.
He has published about 75 books and over 400 papers, and is editor of World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution.
In 1993, in response to his experience with the Club of Rome, he founded the Club of Budapest to, in his words, center attention on the evolution of human values and consciousness as the crucial factors in changing course—from a race toward degradation, polarization, and disaster to a rethinking of values and priorities so as to navigate today’s transformation in the direction of humanism, ethics, and global sustainability.
His book Science and the Akashic Field: An Integral Theory of Everything posits a field of information as the substance of the cosmos. Using the Sanskrit and Vedic term for space, Akasha, he calls this information field the Akashic field or A-field.
Laszlo is one of the most important authors I have reviewed in this book. He asserts that the quantum vacuum is the fundamental energy and information-carrying field that informs not just the current universe, but all universes past and present, that is, the Metaverse. Laszlo describes how such an informational field can explain why our universe is so exquisitely fine-tuned as to form galaxies and conscious life forms; and why evolution is an informed, not random, process.
He believes that the hypothesis solves several problems that emerge from quantum physics, especially nonlocality and quantum entanglement. He also sees his hypothesis as solving the perennial disputes between science and religion.
Recent works, not reviewed here, include The Chaos Point: The World at the Crossroads, Hampton Roads, 2006; You Can Change the World: The Global Citizen’s Handbook for Living on Planet Earth: A Report of the Club of Budapest, Select Books, 2003; The Connectivity Hypothesis: Foundations of an Integral Science of Quantum, Cosmos, Life, and Consciousness, State University of New York Press, 2003; Evolution: The General Theory, Hampton Press, 1996; The Whispering Pond: A Personal Guide to the Emerging Vision of Science, Element Books, Ltd., 1996; The Systems View of the World: A Holistic Vision for Our Time, Hampton Press, 1996.