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Science and the Reenchantment of the Cosmos: The Rise of the Integral Vision of Reality par [Laszlo, Ervin]
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The Amazing Coherence of (Nearly) Everything


The Still More Amazing Coherence Between the Human Body, the Mind, and the Universe
As we have seen, leading biologists and biophysicists find that the living organism is extraordinarily coherent, with all its molecules, cells, and organs linked by quasi-instant multidimensional connections. We have also seen that astronomers and cosmologists discover a comparable level of coherence in the universe as a whole. Are these coherent systems, at widely different scales of magnitude, also coherently linked among themselves? There is mounting evidence that they are. Extraordinary forms of coherence are coming to light between the living organism and the rest of the world.

The Coherence between the Human Body and the Universe
The coherence of the human body with the world around us is shown by its unexpected sensitivity to the substances, forces, and fields that impact it. Critical aspects of this sensitivity exceed the scope of classical biology, including the “synthetic theory” based on the work of Charles Darwin.

According to Darwinists, there should be a full and complete separation of the genome (the set of molecules in the DNA that carry the information the cells need to build the whole organism) from the phenome (the organism built according to this genetic information). Because of the insulation of the genome from the phenome, genetic information should be fully shielded from external events, including the forces and fields that act on the organism in its environment. Evolution should proceed by a selection from among randomly created genetic variations according to the “fit” of the resulting phenome to its particular environment. In the Darwinist view biological evolution is the product of a two-fold chance: the chance variation of the genome and the chance fit of the mutant phenome to its environment. To cite the metaphor made popular by Richard Dawkins, evolution is the work of a blind watchmaker: it works by trial and error.

But it now appears that the information contained in the genome of a species is not fully insulated from the phenome, and thus from the world in which the phenome finds itself. The genome turns out to be responsive to external influences. It is indeed thanks to the genome’s responsiveness that higher species could evolve from simple origins to the complex multicellular forms they have today--because a fully insulated, randomly mutating genome is not likely to have been able to produce viable organisms within the known time-frames. The “search-space” of possible rearrangements in the genome is so enormous that random processes would take incomparably longer to create viable species than the time that was available on Earth for evolution to branch into the myriad forms that exist today.

The probability that random mutations could produce organisms capable of survival is further reduced by the fact that, as biologist Michael Behe pointed out, most organisms are “irreducibly complex” systems. To mutate an irreducibly complex system into another viable system every part has to be kept in a functional relationship with every other part throughout the process of transformation. Missing but a single part at a single step leads to a dead-end. It is difficult to see how this level of precision could be achieved by genetic variations that are piecemeal and random. Living organisms are so finely tuned to their milieu that any mutation of their genome resulting from random alterations will almost certainly reduce rather than enhance the viability of a species. Random mutations would arrive by impairing fitness at the point where the species could no longer survive.

However, the biosphere is populated by a vast number of complex species, the result of a long series of successful genetic mutations. This indicates that mutations in the genome are not always piecemeal and random but are sometimes massive and systemic. If they are to be successful, the mutating elements of the genome must be highly coordinated among themselves and must likewise be in harmony with the conditions in which the species finds itself. This suggests that the mutating genome is not fully isolated from the phenome and the environment in which the phenome finds itself. But to claim this is heresy for Darwinism, even in its current form known as the “synthetic theory.”

There is solid evidence for the correlation of the genome with the phenome and its milieu. It is both circumstantial and experimental. The circumstantial strand of evidence refers to the time-span of biological evolution. The oldest rocks on this planet date from about four billion years before our time, and the earliest and already highly complex forms of life (blue-green algae and bacteria) are more than 3.7 billion years old. The relatively rapid emergence of these forms of life could not have relied on random mutations alone. . . .

[T]his means that evolution by chance mutations is not likely to work. In the words of mathematical physicist Fred Hoyle, its probability is about as likely as a hurricane blowing through a scrap-yard assembling a working airplane.

The experimental strand of evidence concerns the response of the genome to the influences acting on the phenome. Molecular biologists find that mechanical force, or any stress or radiation in the environment, can trigger not just a mutation, but even a global hypermutation. The genome proves to be “fluid”; when confronted with a force or stress, it produces a complex and practically instant series of rearrangements. . . .

It appears that genome, organism, and milieu form a coherent, highly integrated system. It is thanks to this integrated system that living organisms are able to produce offspring that are viable under conditions that would be fatal to the parent organism. That the biosphere is not populated solely by bacteria and blue-green algae, the simplest and most stable kinds of organism, is due in the last analysis to the high level of coherence between genes and organisms, and organisms and environments.

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"In this book Dr. Laszlo gives an overview of a very different way to approach our view of the world. It a view of connectedness, coherence, and oneness. Terms that the metaphysical traditions have talked about for centuries, but now science is indeed catching up. And the great thing about this book is that it gives example after example of the scientific basis for the use of those terms in describing the fundamental nature of reality." (William Arntz, producer/director of What the Bleep Do We Know!?)

"In this book, Laszlo makes key notions of avant-garde science accessible to the lay reader. More importantly, true to his systems-theoretical background, he lucidly explains the interconnection between (and hence relevance of) otherwise disparate findings." (Georg Feuerstein, Traditional Yoga Studies, Nov 2006)

“One hundred years from now the information in this book will be obvious to everyone. Right now, it’s a scientific revelation about how everything and everyone are interconnected. Reading this book is how we get there.” (William Arntz, producer/director of What the Bleep Do We Know!?)

"[Laszlo] manages to combine and make use of reason and intuition as few other scientists can . . ." (Ode, Jan-Feb 2006)

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Grâce à ses vastes connaissances non seulement en physique et en sciences, mais aussi en histoire et dans le domaine des arts, Ervin Laszlo réussit le tour de force de nous donner une vision panoramique des recherches de pointe d'aujourd'hui. Il a cette faculté d’écrire — et de décrire—dans un style tout à fait lisible pour des non spécialistes—des gens comme vous et moi.

C’est une nouvelle vision du monde, des sciences et de nous-mêmes qu’il nous propose. Le texte de son livre ne remplit que les 90 premières pages. Vient ensuite une « table ronde » à laquelle contribuent une douzaine d’auteurs et de chercheurs venant de disciplines variées.
Ce livre m’a touché. D’une part, il a toute la rigueur scientifique requise et, d’autre part, il a une élégance rare et une dimension poétique discrète mais très présente. La sincérité de l'auteur se lit à chaque page.

Enfin, en nous décrivant un univers vivant—et qui est bien plus qu'une machine, comme le montrent les recherches actuelles—Ervin Laszlo nous ouvre de nouveaux horizons, de nouvelles perspectives, qui permettront sans doute, à plus ou moins brève échéance, des changements bienvenus dans notre monde en crise.
En effet, à partir du XVIIème siècle, nous avons eu la vision d’un monde fracturé : d’un côté, les sciences exactes, déterministes, coupées totalement de notre expérience immédiate de la vie; de l'autre, le monde de la conscience qui nous habite, des sentiments, des valeurs et de la poésie.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Outstanding Once Again! 14 février 2006
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Ervin Laszlo is an interesting individual: a musical prodigy, a former professor of philosophy, systems theorist and futurist, his work has taken him to the cutting edge of science and consciousness for decades.

In this book he argues quite correctly that one of the downsides of the mechanistic world view that has dominated scientific thought for three centuries, has been to remove any consideration of meaning or purpose from an essentially sterile account of the universe. Yet purpose and meaning are key factors in all our lives. Laszlo reviews and expands on his previous work in which he has pointed out the essential inter-connectedness of all aspects of the universe.

This is not simply some romantic notion, or the kind of over usage of analogy that hampered some of the earlier attempts to reconcile scientific and mystical insights, but a more pragmatic view that should have important implications for how we see ourselves and the universe in which we live. And it is profoundly important that we should change some of the ways in which we view the world. Much of the chaos and social dislocation that we observe daily, is not something that is "just happening," but is a result of our own lack of coherence and vision.

Highly recommended.
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"The universe is not a world of separate things and events, of external spectators and an impersonal spectacle. It is an integral whole." So states scientist and philosopher Ervin Laszlo in the introduction to his latest book, Science and the Reenchantment of the Cosmos. This fascinating book traces the latest scientific experiments and discoveries that point to a universal medium that connects the whole cosmos, creates visible matter from itself and retains the record of all that transpires in this universe. Moreover, consciousness is revealed as the force responsible for this creation. Laszlo names this medium the Akashic Field after the concept intuited thousands of years ago by Hindu mystics and called the Akashic record. By weaving many strands of inspired thought into a new vision of an enchanted cosmos, Dr. Laszlo reveals a universe at odds with the mechanistic model presented by science in the past; a universe truly alive with consciousness. This is a cosmos we can call home.

The author goes on to tackle the implications of this new view of the cosmos for the big philosophical questions such as good and evil, and immortality. New concepts of physical reality and spirituality emerge that bring scientific theory and mystic intuition closer than ever. But this is only the first half of the book. In the second half of the book, Dr. Laszlo has invited some of the greatest minds of our time to comment on the implication of his theories within their field of expertise. We are treated to wonderful essays by psychologist Stanley Krippner, evolution biologist Elisabet Sahtouris, professor of philosophy and consciousness studies Christian de Quincey, astronaut Edgar Mitchell, psychiatrist Stanislav Grof, stress management coach Peter Russell, Sufism expert H. Johannes Witteveen, Yoga master Swami Kriyananda, personal empowerment activist Irene Van Lippe-Biesterfeld, spiritual writings translator and editor Ewert Cousins, mathematician Ralph H. Abraham, and biologist Jane Goodall. Each of these authors brings their own special gift and viewpoint to the subject of Laszlo's work giving the book a thorough exploration and an unusual depth.

This book not only opens a whole new world but a whole new library of wonderful scientific and philosophical resources. Once readers have experienced this book they will no doubt want Ervin Laszlo's other writings and those of the essayists as well.
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Ervin Laszlo has a really full and up to deate knowledge of science in areas like quantum mechanics, relativty and complexity and creates an integral vision of life that weaves everything together into a coherent ointerlinked pattern of life extending from the smallest sub atomic particles to living creatures to human consciousnesss to the largest galaxies. It helps make sense of all the different aspects of life that seem separate, but are all linked. It is not a technical read, but great for someone with a reasonable laymans knowledge of science
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Laszlo is one of the leading philosophers in developing general systems theory and the new view of an intelligent and integrated cosmos. No longer can the current mechanistic view of the universe prevail due to the inadequate assumptions upon which it is based. The book is well documented and confirmed by the comments of a talented group of scientist-philosophers.
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I've read a lot of science and spirituality books and I was sceptical of this one at first. He does get a little esoteric a times, but overall this book was well worth the time to read. It makes excellent sense. Not deeply scientific, but does integrate many ideas and makes some clear points. Well done overall. I'd recommend it to people who are looking for some good evidence and foundation to believe in united, holistic view of the universe from a spiritual and philosophical viewpoint.
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