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Science and the Akashic Field: An Integral Theory of Everything (Updated)

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Recent discoveries in vacuum physics show that at the roots of reality there exists an interconnecting cosmic field that conserves and conveys all information. This field, the Akashic record, is the constant and enduring memory of the universe, holding the record of all that has happened in the cosmos and...

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Recent discoveries in vacuum physics show that at the roots of reality there exists an interconnecting cosmic field that conserves and conveys all information. This field, the Akashic record, is the constant and enduring memory of the universe, holding the record of all that has happened in the cosmos and reflecting all that is yet to come.
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Chapter Three Searching for the Memory of the Universe ON THE TRACK OF NATURE' S INFORMATION FIELD In the beginning of the 20th century the much neglected--but now more and more rediscovered--genius Nikola Tesla, the father of modern communication technologies, spoke of an " original medium" that fills space and compared it to Akasha, the light-carrying ether. In his unpublished 1907 paper " Man' s greatest achievement" he wrote that this original medium, a kind of force field, becomes matter when Prana, cosmic energy, acts on it, and when the action ceases, matter vanishes and returns to Akasha. Since this medium fills all of space, everything that takes place in space can be referred to it. Curved space, said Tesla, which was put forward at the time by Einstein, is not the answer. However, by the end of the first decade of the 20th century physicists adopted Einstein' s mathematically elaborated four-dimensional curved space-time and, with the exception of a few maverick theoreticians, refused to consider any concept of a space-filling ether, medium, or force field. Tesla' s insight fell into disrepute, and then into oblivion. Today it is revived. Bohm, Puthoff, and a small but growing group of scientists are rediscovering the role of information in nature, and locating nature' s information-field in the quantum vacuum, the much discussed if as yet imperfectly understood virtual energy field that fills all of cosmic space. WHAT IS THE QUANTUM VACUUM? A region of space may be free of matter, but it is never free of energy--more exactly, of energy-carrying fields. Matter-free space is filled with a variety of complex fields. They arefields in the quantum vacuum, the energy-sea that extends throughout space. The energies of the vacuum are intrinsically unobservable (although they have observable effects); hence they are called " virtual." Virtual vacuum energies fluctuate around their zero-point baseline value, present even at the absolute zero of temperature. Consequently they are known as zero-point energies or ZPE, and their field is known as the zero-point field or ZPF. Even the stability of our planet in its orbit around the Sun derives from vacuum-energy inputs. As the Earth pursues its orbital path it loses momentum, and the gravitational field of the Sun would ultimately overcome the centrifugal force of its momentum and the Earth would spiral into the Sun--just as the moon would spiral into the Earth. The space-filling quantum vacuum is a superdense sea of energy. Pressure waves propagate through it, traversing the universe from one end to the other. According to German mathematical physicist Hartmut Mueller the observed dimension of all entities, from atoms to astronomical structures, is determined by interaction with density-pressure waves in the vacuum. His " global scaling theory" claims that the universe is dimensionally limited: on the lower end of the dimensional horizons matter- density is the greatest, and on the upper end it is the least. This is due to a pressure-wave that extends throughout space. Because the universe is finite, at the critical dimension-points the waves superpose and create enduring standing waves. The waves determine physical interactions by setting the value of the gravitational, the electromagnetic, and the strong and weak nuclear forces. They areresponsible for the distribution of matter throughout the cosmos. By means of resonance they amplify some vibrations and repress others. All processes in the world have an inner rhythm according to their resonance with the vacuum' s standing waves. Mueller concludes that the vacuum is a cosmic ultraweak background that acts as a morphogenetic field. Recent findings confirm the presence of pressure waves in the vacuum. Astronomers using NASA' s Chandra X-ray Observatory found a wave generated by the supermassive black hole in the Perseus cluster of galaxies, some 250 million light years from Earth. This vacuum pressure wave translates into the musical note of B flat. This is a real note that has been traveling through the vacuum for the past 2.5 billion years. Our ears cannot perceive it: its frequency is 57 octaves below middle-C--more than a million billion times deeper than the limits of human hearing. A field that transports light (which are electromagnetic photon-waves), density-pressure waves, and replenishes the energy lost by atoms and solar systems, is not an abstract theoretical entity. No wonder more and more physicists prefer to speak of the quantum vacuum as the " physical vacuum" . . .

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NEW SCIENCE / PHYSICS "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 headed. In years to come people will look back at the amazing foresight of this work." --Peter Russell, fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and the Findhorn Foundation and author of From Science to God "With extraordinary intellectual clarity, Laszlo provides a vision that links the best of modern science to the wisdom of the great spiritual traditions." --Stanislav Grof, M.D., Ph.D., president and founder of the International Transpersonal Association and author of The Holotropic Mind Mystics and sages have long maintained that there exists an interconnecting cosmic field at the roots of reality that conserves and conveys information, a field known as the Akashic record. Recent discoveries in vacuum physics show that this Akashic Field is real and has its equivalent in science's zero-point field that underlies space itself. This field consists of a subtle sea of fluctuating energies from which all things arise: atoms and galaxies, stars and planets, living beings, and even consciousness. This zero-point Akashic Field is the constant and enduring memory of the universe. It holds the record of all that has happened on Earth and in the cosmos and relates it to all that is yet to happen. In Science and the Akashic Field, philosopher and scientist Ervin Laszlo conveys the essential element of this information field in language that is accessible and clear. From the world of science he confirms our deepest intuitions of the oneness of creation in the Integral Theory of Everything. We discover that, as philosopher William James stated, "We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep." ERVIN LASZLO, holder of the highest degree of the Sorbonne (the State Doctorate), is recipient of four Honorary Ph.D.s and numerous awards and distinctions, including the 2001 Goi Award (the Japan Peace Prize) and nominations for the 2004 and 2005 Nobel Peace Prizes. He is a former professor of philosophy, systems theory, and futures studies in the U.S., Europe, and the Far East and founder and president of the international think-tank the Club of Budapest as well as of the General Evolution Research Group. The author of 75 books, translated into 20 languages, he lives in Italy.

Biographical Note:
Ervin Laszlo, holder of the highest degree of the Sorbonne (the State Doctorate), is recipient of four Honorary Ph.D.s and numerous awards and distinctions, including the 2001 Goi Award (the Japan Peace Prize) and a nomination for the 2004 and 2005 Nobel Peace Prize. He is a former professor of philosophy, systems theory, and futures studies in the U.S., Europe, and the Far East and founder and president of the international think-tank The Club of Budapest as well as of the General Evolution Research Group. The author of 75 books, translated into 20 languages, he lives in Italy.

Table of Contents:
Introduction: A Meaningful Scientific Worldview for Our Time
PART ONE
THE FOUNDATIONS OF AN INTEGRAL THEORY OF EVERYTHING
"How Information Connects Everything to Everything Else
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1 The Challenge of an Integral Theory of Everything
"Approaches to a Genuine TOE"
2 On Puzzles and Fables: Drivers of the Next Paradigm Shift in Science
3 A Concise Catalog of the Puzzles of Coherence
"The Puzzles of Coherence in Quantum Physics
The Puzzles of Coherence in Cosmology
The Puzzles of Coherence in Biology
The Puzzles of Coherence in Consciousness
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4 The Crucial Science Fable--In-formation in Nature
"The Quantum Vacuum--or Plenum
"In-formation" in the Quantum Vacuum
The Parable of the Sea
Enter the Akashic Field "
PART TWO
THE IN-FORMED UNIVERSE
"Perennial Questions and Fresh Answers from the Integral Theory of Everything "
5 The Origins and Destiny of Life and the Universe
"Where Everything Came From--and Where It Is Going
Origins and Evolution of Our Universe
Life on Earth and in the Universe
The Future of Life in the Cosmos
Glimpses of Ultimate Reality "
6 Consciousness--Human and Cosmic
"The Roots of Consciousness
Evolutionary Panpsychism
The Wider In-formation of Consciousness
The Next Evolution of Human Consciousness
Cosmic Consciousness
The Farthermost Reaches of Consciousness "
7 The Poetry of Akashic Vision
The Phenomenon of Coherence:
A Deeper Look at the Scientific Evidence
Over Four Decades in Quest of an Integral Theory of Everything:
An Autobiographical Retrospective
References
Essential Reading:
A Bibliography of Additional Research Reports and Theories
Index

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Presents the unifying world-concept long sought by scientists, mystics, and sages: an Integral Theory of Everything
- Explains how modern science has rediscovered the Akashic Field of perennial philosophy
- New edition updates ongoing scientific studies, presents new research inspired by the first edition, and includes new case studies and a section on animal telepathy
Mystics and sages have long maintained that there exists an interconnecting cosmic field at the roots of reality that conserves and conveys information, a field known as the Akashic record. Recent discoveries in vacuum physics show that this Akashic Field is real and has its equivalent in science's zero-point field that underlies space itself. This field consists of a subtle sea of fluctuating energies from which all things arise: atoms and galaxies, stars and planets, living beings, and even consciousness. This zero-point Akashic Field is the constant and enduring memory of the universe. It holds the record of all that has happened on Earth and in the cosmos and relates it to all that is yet to happen.
In "Science and the Akashic Field," philosopher and scientist Ervin Laszlo conveys the essential element of this information field in language that is accessible and clear. From the world of science he confirms our deepest intuitions of the oneness of creation in the Integral Theory of Everything. We discover that, as philosopher William James stated, "We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep."

Contributor Bio: Laszlo, Ervin
Ervin Laszlo, twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, is editor of the international periodical "World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution" and Chancellor-Designate of the newly formed Global"Shift" University. He is the founder and president of the international think tanks the Club of Budapest and the General Evolution Research Group and the author of 83 books translated into 21 languages. He lives in Italy.

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