Our human body is made up of many such levels, each formed by another jump in complexity. Our lowest level of the cell jumps up a level to body tissue, to body organ, to body system and to the whole body. We are therefore formed with many onion skin like levels that all cooperate in complex ways to make one whole human being. It is really amazing how it all fits together.
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Shelves: science , non-fiction In his groundbreaking book in the philosophy of science, Thomas Kuhn argued that true paradigm change in science usually comes from someone who is either very new to a field or from entirely outside of it.
As stated in his autobiographical statement at the end of this book we learn that Laszlo was a concert pianist before he became interested in searching for meaning through science. This occurred after the birth of his first son and gradually, this quest took over his life. He seems to be In his groundbreaking book in the philosophy of science, Thomas Kuhn argued that true paradigm change in science usually comes from someone who is either very new to a field or from entirely outside of it.
He seems to be largely self-educated in physics and science and through his work has received four Honorary PhDs as well as major awards and distinctions. He is a former professor of philosophy, systems theory and futures studies in the U. Physicists strive to find a unifying set of equations that bring together all of the laws of physical nature and that could explain all the features of the universe.
In the emerging new cosmology, quanta are taken as basic. On a cosmic level entire stars and galaxies vibrate together. Laszlo argues as Ken Wilber has as well that a genuine TOE must take into account, not only the physical universe, but also life, mind, culture and consciousness. Citing the new physics, Laszlo states that the fundamental foundation of everything, that from which all is generated without itself being generated by other things, is a virtual-energy field known as the quantum vacuum.
However, the emergence of ever greater complexity in the universe requires the presence of a factor that is neither matter nor energy. Coherence of the non-local kind is one such puzzle.
The smallest identifiable units of matter, force and light are not separate entities, but specific forms of underlying energy fields. It is through the underlying energy fields that everything is connected to everything else. Quanta are not just in one place at one time, but everywhere. Until they are actually observed or measured quanta exist simultaneously in several states at the same time. What happens to one cell in some way happens to all of them.
It is important to distinguish between being in equilibrium a state achieved only in death and near equilibrium which requires an organism to be in coherence with the milieu. The latter is referred to as a state of dynamic equilibrium.
When the ball is at the bottom of a valley, it is at rest; if any force moves it out of its position, it will roll back to it. This is similar to thermal and chemical, so-called thermodynamical, equilibrium.
But when the ball is at the top of a hill, it will roll down unless it can dynamically balance itself in its unstable position. This balancing act is an instance of dynamic equilibrium. He cites both anthropological and laboratory evidence to show that humans have non-local contact with others. All of these non-local or effects at a distance depend on the quantum vacuum or plenum. It is a part of the physical universe. And because it is present throughout nature, it is best conceptualized as an extended field.
Akasha in Sanskrit and Indian cultures is what underlies all things and becomes all things. Our physical bodies do not register this field, but it can be reached through spiritual practice. Using these concepts the author goes on to examine the source of the universe, and the nature of consciousness both human and cosmic. The latter chapter I found the most interesting.
It also contained a, perhaps, minor error. In talking about cosmic consciousness, he refers to Richard Bucke as an American mystic. Actually, Richard Maurice Bucke was a psychiatrist working here in London Ontario in the late 19th century. He brought an enlightened approach to the treatment of mental illness in his role as Director of the London Insane Asylum. Bucke did indeed write a book titled Cosmic Consciousness copies of which sometimes still show up in local antiquarian bookstores.
He was stimulated in his thinking by the American poet Walt Whitman. I enjoyed this book, though it could use a glossary of terms.
Science and the Akashic Field: An Integral Theory of Everything
Twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, he has authored more than 70 books, which have been translated into nineteen languages, and has published in excess of four hundred articles and research papers, including six volumes of piano recordings. Laszlo is generally recognized as the founder of systems philosophy and general evolution theory, and serves as the founder-director of the General Evolution Research Group and as past president of the International Society for the Systems Sciences. He is also the recipient of the highest degree in philosophy and human sciences from the Sorbonne, the University of Paris, as well as of the coveted Artist Diploma of Ervin Laszlo is a systems philosopher, integral theorist, and classical pianist. He is also the recipient of the highest degree in philosophy and human sciences from the Sorbonne, the University of Paris, as well as of the coveted Artist Diploma of the Franz Liszt Academy of Budapest. Additional prizes and awards include four honorary doctorates. His appointments have included research grants at Yale and Princeton Universities, professorships for philosophy, systems sciences, and future sciences at the Universities of Houston, Portland State, and Indiana, as well as Northwestern University and the State University of New York. His career also included guest professorships at various universities in Europe and the Far East.
At the end of the war[ vague ] he moved to the United States. He has published about 75 books and over papers,[ citation needed ] and is editor of World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution. He participated in the Stock Exchange of Visions project in In , he was elected an external member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. One of their two sons is Alexander Laszlo.
Science and the Akashic Field : An Integral Theory of Everything Revised 2nd Edition
A Bibliography of Additional Research Reports and Theories Index show more Review quote "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. You can hardly do better than join cosmologist Ervin Laszlo in the ultimate quest: for a theory of everything. Harris Stone, Ed. Not since Plato and Democritus has there been such a transformation in the history of thought! In demonstrating that an information field is a fundamental factor in the universe, Ervin Laszlo catalyzes a radical paradigm-shift in the contemporary sciences.
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