Quantum Shift to the Global Brain

 

Quantum Shift to the Global BrainHow the New Scientific Reality Can Change Us and Our World, Rochester: Inner Traditions, 2008.

This book by Ervin Laszlo is dramatic; it is like approaching an abyss and looking down how steep it is. This is a metaphor for the possibility of refusing the necessary changes that we are facing globally now. It is the looming possibility of annihilation of the human race. By the same token, we could be at the bottom of the steep wall and look upwards; this then is a metaphor for the possibility to rise from our ashes, so to speak, and restart our life’s journey, as a human race founded upon the basis of a new worldview, a new scientific, social and global understanding of our ultimate interconnectedness.

To give an overall judgment of the book upfront, it goes in my view beyond his earlier book The Chaos Point (2006) in that it contains the basic (quite catastrophic) information of the earlier work, but goes beyond and provides in each chapter a kind of retrospective of parts of Laszlo’s earlier works. In addition, in Part Three, it contains the basic history and objectives of the ‘Club of Budapest’ that was founded by Laszlo for cognizing, in a large team project, various solutions of an integral and holistic kind to our global worldwide challenges. In addition, I found this book to be written in a very easy-to-understand language, which gives me a hint it might be written for younger people or college students. To begin with, let me provide an overview over the structure of the book, for it by itself contains a map that traces the territory in clear lines. Continue reading

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Science and the Reenchantment of the Cosmos

 

Science and the Reenchantment of the CosmosThe Rise of the Integral Vision of Reality, Rochester: Inner Traditions, 2006.

The present is a sampler, not completely authored, but edited by Ervin Laszlo. But that’s surely not a disadvantage. The book starts with a statement that really made me happy. I have never believed in the big bang theory, as this theory is not in accordance with the principle of smooth continuity that can be observed in all of nature.

I believe that there was never a beginning of life, and that there will never be an end. We know perhaps more about the future of our galaxies, we know about the folding back of the universe upon itself, which can be seen both as end and a new beginning, both as death and as a new birth. For in nature, nothing ever dies without something else becoming manifest. So with this natural principle in mind, there can logically not be a single timelined event called big bang. It’s a typical assumption of modern-day scientists that betrays their hopelessly linear thinking. Continue reading

Science and the Akashic Field

 

An Integral Theory of Everything, Rochester: Inner Traditions, 2004.Science and the Akashic Field

Science and the Akashic Field by Ervin Laszlo is after the books of Paracelsus, Mesmer, Reichenbach, Reich, Burr, Lakhovsky, Capra, Emoto, Hunt and Sheldrake the most important book I have read on the integration of the energy paradigm—associated with the perennial notion of the ‘ether’— into the heart of modern science.

Deepak Chopra, M.D. wrote about this book:  ‘The most brilliant, comprehensive, and intellectually satisfying integral theory of everything that I have ever read.’

The author introduces the book with the following elucidation that I think is worth to be quoted in its integrality:

Akasha (â · kâ · sha) is a Sanskrit world meaning ‘ether’: all-pervasive space. Originally signifying ‘radiation’ or ‘brilliance’ in Indian philosophy akasha was considered the first and most fundamental of the five elements – the others being vata (air), agni (fire), ap (water), and prithivi (earth). Akasha embraces the properties of all five elements: it is the womb from which everything we perceive with our senses has emerged and into which everything will ultimately re-descend. The Akashic Record (also called The Akashic Chronicle) is the enduring record of all that happens, and has ever happened, in space and time.

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