The Whispering Pond: A Personal Guide to the Emerging Vision of Science

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A brilliant new unifying vision leads us into the 21st century--by Ervin Laszlo, foremost futurist and philospher of science. "Confronts head-on the great questions of humankind--our origins, our destiny, and our role in the universe. . . . This book could be written only by someone possessing great courage and wisdom. Laszlo has both . . . a fitting book for the new millennium.--Larry Dossey, M.D.
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A brilliant new unifying vision leads us into the 21st century--by Ervin Laszlo, foremost futurist and philospher of science. "Confronts head-on the great questions of humankind--our origins, our destiny, and our role in the universe. . . . This book could be written only by someone possessing great courage and wisdom. Laszlo has both . . . a fitting book for the new millennium.--Larry Dossey, M.D.
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The enthusiastic blurbs accompanying the galley of Laszlo's (The Inner Limits of Mankind) new book carry some high-profile signatures from the New Age crowd, Larry Dossey, Edgar Mitchell, Thomas Berry and Yehudi Menuhin among them. The praise is justified; among the many new science titles available todaybooks that synthesize cutting-edge thought in various scientific disciplines while adding their own interpretations of a holistic, creative universeLaszlo's stands out. In it, the author, focusing on physics, not only reviews the work of farsighted thinkers including Bohm and Heisenberg, but makes his own contribution. Laszlo postulates a fifth universal field to unify the accepted four universal fields in physics: gravitation, electromagnetism and the strong and weak nuclear forces. Laszlo speculates that a fifth field, which he calls the psi field, would explain diverse anomalies from the conundrums of quantum physics and sudden leaps in complexity during biological evolution to human consciousness and even ESP. He likens the psi field to the Vedic Brahman, "the unchanging mind and essence of the universe," and describes it as a "subtly interconnected world, a `whispering pond' in which we are intimately linked to each other and to nature, assimilated by our intellect and embraced by our heart." Readers of Fritjof Capra and Rupert Sheldrake, among others, will relish Laszlo's erudite analysis of current advances in science as well as his bold and inspiring vision of a possible future science. Author tour. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781852308995
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/28/1996
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 1.29 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
1 The Evolution of the Cosmos 3
2 The Nature of Matter 20
3 The Phenomena of Life 33
4 The Manifestations of Mind 43
5 Open Questions in Cosmology 59
6 Paradoxes in the Understanding of Matter 67
7 Puzzles in the Phenomena of Life 80
8 Mysteries in the Manifestations of Mind 95
9 The Search for Unified Theories: 1. In the New Physics 123
10 The Search for Unified Theories: 2. Across the Disciplines 137
11 Unified Theories: The State of the Art 147
12 The Key to "QTV" 157
13 Discovering the Interconnecting Field 179
14 The Cosmic Dance 193
A Concluding Thought 223
References 227
Further Reading 234
Index 239
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