January 12, 2006
What scientists are now finding at the outermost frontiers of every field is overturning the basic premises of Western civilization concerning the nature of matter and reality. The universe is not a world of separate things and events but is a cosmos that is connected, coherent, and bears a profound resemblance to the visions held in the earliest spiritual traditions in which the physical world and spiritual experience were both aspects of the same reality and man and the universe were one. The findings that justify this new vision of the underlying logic of the universe come from almost all of the empirical sciences: physics, cosmology, the life sciences, and consciousness research. They explain the ramifications of non-localized consciousness and how interactions lead to interconnections that produce instantaneous and multifaceted coherence – what happens to one part also happens to the other parts, and hence to the system as a whole.
In Science and the Reenchantment of the Cosmos Ervin Laszlo explains how physical reality and spiritual reality are indeed two faces of one coherent whole. He also is joined by leading thinkers such as Jane Goodall, Edgar Mitchell, Stanislav Groff, Ralph Abraham, and Christian de Quincy, among others, who contribute essays that explore the sense of sacred oneness experienced by our ancestors that was displaced by the unyielding material presumptions of modern science. Together, Laszlo and they reveal how the sacred and integrated vision of reality can be restored, enabling humanity to once again feel at home in the universe.
Ervin Laszlo, at the age of nine, was recognized as a child prodigy on the piano and by age fifteen was performing throughout the world. He is holder of the highest degree of the Sorbonne and the recipient of four honorary Ph.D.’s and numerous awards, including the 2001 Goi Award (the Japan Peace Prize), and nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 and 2005. He is a former professor of philosophy, systems theory, and futures studies and founder and president of the international think tank The Club of Budapest. He is the author of 74 books that have been translated into 20 languages. His most recent book is Science and the Akashic Field. He lives in Italy.