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Science and the Akashic Field: An Integral Theory of Everything

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"This important work unifies the realms of science and consciousness in a truly integral 'theory of everything.'" --Ralph Abraham, Ph.D., professor of mathematics, University of California, and coauthor of Chaos, Creativity, and Cosmic Consciousness "A seminal book from one of the best thinkers of our time. Ervin Laszlo charts the frontiers to which science is inexorably h ...more
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Published April 12th 2010 by Inner Traditions International (first published 2004)
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Tom
May 22, 2012 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 large ...more
Holly
Nov 16, 2010 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
God, TOE, GUT, science, the quantum world, the exquisite interconnectedness of everything. My kind of book.
Kirk
May 14, 2008 Kirk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: counter the materialist view of the universe
Loved it. Might not be for everyone but these kinds of books that push use contemporary scientific research to push the limits of science are my cup o' tea. I spend a lot of time just sitting and contemplating the universe. Evolving my own ideas about science, philosophy and spirituality and interestingly enough had come to pretty much the same conclusions arrived at in this book just before I happened to discover it by very random circumstances, which of course enhanced the over all experience. ...more
Craig McConnell
Jan 07, 2013 Craig McConnell added it
Shelves: 2013
This is terrible. It's a conflation of science, pseudo-science, and nonsense. There are a few stretches where his efforts to popularize 20th century physics are pretty good, but I doubt that any reader who would benefit from them would be able to tell when he goes off the deep end. He moves seamlessly between what is known, what might be known, and what he hopes might one day be known as though they all share the same status.
Joseph P.
Jan 15, 2016 Joseph P. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
Scientists have long been searching for a Theory of Everything, an equation that combines all forces in Nature. What quantum physicists have now discovered is that there is a field that underlies all of existence, everything comes from it and returns to it. It is a field of information. In the book Science and the Akashic Field, Author Ervin Laszlo has put into words a magnificent description of this field in a language that nearly anyone interested can understand. One of my favorite books along ...more
Laurent Videau
Apr 12, 2013 Laurent Videau rated it really liked it
Shelves: spirituality
Thousands of cases document the phenomenon of reincarnation through people, usually children, remembering vividly their past lives. Other experiences (past life regression, NDE...) testify to this eternal phenomenon.

The interesting thing about this book, besides the fact that it explains the Akashic field (everything that ever happened is recorded somewhere and some people have the ability to access this field where the information is stored) is that it explains how people think they remember th
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Marty
Jan 08, 2010 Marty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I was stranded on an island and had a choice of 10 books this would be first on my list.
Nancy Heard
Apr 24, 2009 Nancy Heard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It is a beautiful explanation of universal connection.
Vince
Sep 20, 2007 Vince rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
The answer isn't the most important thing. The question is.
Al Bità
Apr 30, 2009 Al Bità rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The title more or less tells what this book is about: an attempt at arriving at a scientific theory of Everything by positing that the differing understandings of modern science about the world we live in can find a place in the Akashic Field. This A-field (looks more scientific that way) somehow 'contains' and 'explains' the apparently differing physical worlds described in the field of Quantum Mechanics, the electromagnetic field, Newton's mechanistic view, Einstein's Relativistic world (to na ...more
Martin
Oct 04, 2012 Martin rated it liked it
Science and the Akashic Field, a relatively small book, is definitely not a light read. Written by philosopher of science Ervin László PhD, this is a thorough tour of virtually every contemporary science on the way to an understanding of László’s Integral Theory of Everything. Where the likes of Einstein, Newton and many others have created various theoretical works, none have been able to encompass every aspect of the reality we all experience. It appears that László has succeeded in revealing ...more
Kelly
Jul 18, 2012 Kelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Marring mythological elements, jedi philosophy, and incomplete scientific theory out comes this work of utter nonsense. "Everything is connected" - thats approachable - the rest of the book is not. I have a decent grasp of quantum dynamics (a as of yet not totally explained set of principles and processes), and this book tries to explain a simple metaphysical idea and equate it with 21st century physics discoveries. I think Feynman could have condensed this book into a single chapter. The approa ...more
Rogier
This book is undoubtedly helpful, and presents a very cogent argument for connecting the modern day holographic view of our experiential reality, deriving from quantum physics and cosmology with the ancient hindu notion of Akasha. Surprisingly, one connection which is not made here is that with Plato's theory of the ideas, which it seems to me is yet another case of expressing the same intuitive notions, namely that number mind makes reality and that it proceeds from the abstract to the concrete ...more
Sirpa Grierson
Aug 29, 2008 Sirpa Grierson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jason!
Shelves: information-text
Lazlo is simply brilliant. That said, this is a brave book for an established systems theory genious to write. It takes empirical research to an uncomfortable place for most A-B "rational" Descartian thinkers. Gasp--it even verges on reaching for answers to those terrible questions that tippy-toe about the sublime. "Who are we? Where did we come from? Is there something after this pale existence?"

The author (whose writing could have been more effective in the latter chapters with a little less
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Julian Hadlow
Dec 04, 2015 Julian Hadlow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book that goes some way to finding a theory of everything.

Lazlo includes an underlying universal consciousness in the mix that itself evolves through iterations of the universe as it continually explodes and implodes. After each "Big Bang" the universe emerges more organized than before, as it seeks to evolve its own consciousness.

Lazlo is a prolific writer on this and many related subjects.

Well worth a read if you wonder where our universe comes from, and its purpose.
Gunsonm
About thirty years ago I took a course on evolutionary mechanisms which shook my faith in the theory of evolution, because it just didn't make sense statistically. In fact, through that course I changed from being an agnostic believing in natural selection to a theist believing in intelligent design. This book deals with those issues, explaining the problems with evolutionary theory better than any creationist ever has, then ties in current hard science research and modern evolutionary theory, w ...more
Stuart
Jan 29, 2008 Stuart rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
I've been reading books on the search for a Theory of Everything. They can be lumped into the following categories:

1) TOE's that seek to unify the 4 physical forces but don't want to venture into philosophy.

2) TOE's that try to unify physics with other theories such as information theory, evolution, etc. but still stay within the realm of scientific speculation.

3) TOE's that go beyond that into the New-Agey.

This tends much more toward #3. I loved his first book on Systems Theory and also like h
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Meaghan McQuade
Jun 19, 2011 Meaghan McQuade rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful gem of a book. Cutting edge quantum science is beginning to open up a sphere of reality more coherent and astounding than ever before. Laszlo fluidly creates an integral theory of everything, pulling reference from modern quantum physics and studies of consciousness; he effectively blasts us into the myriad of possibilities and likely realities that his theory creates. Although, by the second half of the book, he does end up making some hefty intellectual leaps, I can't help but ...more
William Gladstone
Very important book. A must read.
Vicky
Mar 24, 2010 Vicky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I did not read this book but browsed it instead. The most interesting part was in the introduction with its theory of field of zero-point energies. I liked the thought that the information is everywhere, present through the space and time. I want to read more on Nicola Tesla and his idea of "original medium". Otherwise, all the histories and lessons from the different psychic experiences with healing effects were repetitive. I was very interested in the concept of Universal Mind but not in this ...more
Steven Walker
While this book has some very interesting concepts, it is really too technical for me. I really enjoy reading books on quantum physics and scientific theories but I just found Laszlo's writing style difficult to get through. I read about 80% of this book before deciding that I just wasn't enjoying it and it wasn't giving me any real special insight. Though a good friend of mine had the opposite experience, so it is of course subjective.
Deborah Yates
Mar 26, 2011 Deborah Yates rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ervin Laszlo is a forward thinker. His contributions to Philosophy and Science is both provocative, and brilliant. The Akashic Record, as it is also known, has been recorded and pondered throughout history despite some critics who say this book is new age rhetoric. Science and the Akashic Field is an excellent read. If you are seeking meaning and coherence in our universe, I recommend it.
Tom
I like the theroy, parts of it I really agree with. Parts of it I think are pure hooey. Overall I enjoyed it, I think that he is right in the supposition that in 100 years or 1ooo years people are going to look back at this time as the birth of conciousnous. 500 years ago we thought the earth was flat (some of us) and who knows what will happen in another 500?
Mitzi
Jul 29, 2013 Mitzi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
An interesting read, I always dig reading about people's "theories of everything". This usually involves physics, which can be tough to follow for us non-scientists. This book does an OK job with the physics part, but I think if you had never read anything physics related before, it might be a good idea to brush up on it before you tackle this one.
Victor Smith
Mar 22, 2013 Victor Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This takes a bit of science background to understand well, but it is an excellent introduction to the science behind the metaphysical concept that "we are all one." And for the first time I understood the akashic field as something other than a wayout occult theory Well worth the effort to get through and meditate. Highly recommended.
Blythe
May 10, 2013 Blythe rated it liked it
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Jef
Feb 28, 2009 Jef rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mooched
There are some interesting reviews of what science doesn't understand. The premise is that the akashic field can explain these mysteries. Maybe. The second premise is that the akashic record is a holographic field comprised of super-luminal vorticies in the quantum vacuum. No.
Janice Elgort dubroff
Oh, how I wish I'd taken some physics in school! I used to think about stuff like this as a kid and now here it is in scientific form. I learned a lot! I wonder if the HIggs Boson discovery would have changed it much. I don't think so...just reinforced it really.
Nick Granet
A very intriguing way to think of the Universe. Space time is like the memory bank for the Universe. Every happening in the Universe is rippled through space ever last. It says a theory of everything but doesn't really explain how everything is effected.
Neema
May 11, 2010 Neema rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some fascinating ideas. I gravitated to different chapters more readily. In-formation, nonlocality, quantum vacuum. I love this kind of science: exploratory, not conservative for the same of being skeptical.
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Ervin Laszlo is a systems philosopher, integral theorist, and classical pianist. 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.

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