How 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