Ervin László

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Ervin László
László (center) with Tamás Paulinyi (left) and Bence László Tarr (right), circa 2007
Born (1932-06-12) 12 June 1932 (age 91)
Known for
Carita Jägerhorn
(m. 1956)
Awardshonorary doctorate from University of Pécs
Scientific career

Ervin László (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈɛrvin ˈlaːsloː]; born 12 June 1932) is an American philosopher of science, systems theorist, integral theorist, originally a classical pianist. He is an advocate of the theory of quantum consciousness.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

László was born in Budapest, Hungary, the son of a shoe manufacturer and a mother who played the piano; László himself started playing the piano when he was five years old, and gave his first piano concert with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra at the age of nine. After World War II, he moved to the United States.[2]


László is a visiting faculty member at the Graduate Institute Bethany. He has published about 75 books and over 400 papers,[citation needed] and is editor of World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution.[citation needed]

László participated in the Stock Exchange of Visions project in 2006. In 2010, he was elected an external member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

In Hungary, the minister of environment appointed Laszlo as one of the leaders of the ministry's campaign concerning global warming.[3]

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2002, László received an honorary doctorate[4] from the University of Pécs.

Personal life[edit]

László married Carita Jägerhorn af Spurila 16 November 1956. One of their two sons is Alexander Laszlo.


Systems theory[edit]

László became a leading exponent of Ludwig von Bertalanffy’s general systems theory. László viewed systems theory not only as scientifically important; he also saw in it the potential to establish an objective basis for humanist values, deriving from a consideration of a natural systems hierarchy and its evolution. In his opinion, “The ethics and natural philosophy of this new world view can help explicate and justify an emerging supranational social ethos: ‘reverence for natural systems’.”[5]

General Evolutionary Research Group[edit]

In 1984, László was co-founder with Béla H. Bánáthy, Riane Eisler, John Corliss, Francisco Varela, Vilmos Csanyi, Gyorgy Kampis, David Loye, Jonathan Schull and Eric Chaisson of the initially secret General Evolutionary Research Group.[6][7] Meeting behind the Iron Curtain, the group of scientists and thinkers from a variety of disciplines met in secret. Their goal was to explore whether it might be possible to use the chaos theory to identify a new general theory of evolution that might serve as a path to a better world.

Club of Budapest[edit]

In 1993, in response to his experience with the Club of Rome, he founded the Club of Budapest to, in his words, "centre attention on the evolution of human values and consciousness as the crucial factors in changing course — from a race towards degradation, polarization and disaster to a rethinking of values and priorities so as to navigate today's transformation in the direction of humanism, ethics and global sustainability".[8]

Akashic field theory[edit]

László's 2004 book, Science and the Akashic Field: An Integral Theory of Everything posits a field of information as the substance of the cosmos. Using the Sanskrit and Vedic term for "space", Akasha, he calls this information field the "Akashic field" or "A-field". He posits that the "quantum vacuum" (see Vacuum state) is the fundamental energy and information-carrying field that informs not just the current universe, but all universes past and present (collectively, the Akashic records or "Metaverse").

László believes that such an informational field can explain why our universe appears to be fine-tuned so as to form galaxies and conscious lifeforms; and why evolution is an informed, not random, process. He believes that the hypothesis solves several problems that emerge from quantum physics, especially nonlocality and quantum entanglement.

The Immortal Mind[edit]

László became interested in the consciousness theories of Anthony Peake, (who in turn was an admirer of László’s work on the Akashic Field). Peake, whose background was in the social sciences,[9] had sought to explain the fact that altered states of consciousness (such as deja vu, dreams, psychedelic drug experiences, meditation, near death experience) sometimes seem to feature precognition and premonitions.[10] Peake had produced a tentative synthesis of the ancient idea of the "Eternal Return" with modern ideas like the simulation argument, the holographic universe, and the many worlds interpretation. In Peake’s hypothesis, one lives variants of the same life repeatedly but with the ability to make different choices and experience different outcomes, and a premonition is in fact a memory of the past.[11] Peake became a Consciousness Studies Department Member at Ervin László’s Center For Advanced Studies.[12] László collaborated with Anthony Peake on the book The Immortal Mind: Science and the Continuity of Consciousness Beyond the Brain.[13]

Macroshift theory[edit]

In his book You Can Change the World, László promotes a linking of non-government organizations promoting sustainable development, using the Internet.[14]


László has written an autobiography entitled Simply Genius! And Other Tales from My Life, published by Hay House Publishers in June 2011.[15]


In an essay, Stanislav Grof compared László's work to that of Ken Wilber, saying "Where Wilber outlined what an integral theory of everything should look like, Laszlo actually created one."[16]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Introduction to Systems Philosophy: Toward a New Paradigm of Contemporary Thought, Gordon and Breach, 1972; Harper Torchbooks, 1973.
  • The Systems View of the World: A Holistic Vision for Our Time, Hampton Press, 1996.
  • The Whispering Pond: A Personal Guide to the Emerging Vision of Science, Element Books, Ltd., 1996.
  • Evolution: The General Theory, Hampton Press, 1996.
  • Macroshift: Navigating the Transformation to a Sustainable World, Berrett - Koehler, 2001
  • The Connectivity Hypothesis: Foundations of an Integral Science of Quantum, Cosmos, Life, and Consciousness, State University of New York Press, 2003.
  • You Can Change the World: The Global Citizen's Handbook for Living on Planet Earth: A Report of the Club of Budapest, Select Books, 2003.
  • Science and the Akashic Field: An Integral Theory of Everything, Inner Traditions International, 2004.
  • Science and the Reenchantment of the Cosmos : The Rise of the Integral Vision of Reality, Inner Traditions, 2006.
  • The Chaos Point: The World at the Crossroads, Hampton Roads, 2006.
  • Quantum Shift in the Global Brain: How the New Scientific Reality Can Change Us and our World, Inner Traditions, 2008.
  • WorldShift 2012: Making Green Business New Politics & Higher Consciousness Work Together, McArthur & Company, 2009.
  • The Immortal Mind: Science and the Continuity of Consciousness Beyond the Brain, with Anthony Peake, Simon and Schuster, 2014.
  • The Intelligence of the Cosmos, Inner Traditions, 2017.
  • Reconnecting to the Source: The New Science of Spiritual Experience, How It Can Change You, and How It Can Transform the World, St. Martin's Essentials, 2020.


  1. ^ "Ervin Laszlo: Cosmic Symphony: A Deeper Look at Quantum Consciousness". 2010-04-12. Retrieved 2014-05-06.
  2. ^ Article "Hungarian prodigy" in: LIFE 24 mei 1948. p.132-134.
  3. ^ "Környezetvédelmi és Vízügyi Minisztérium - Nyitólap - Nyitólap". 2008-07-25. Archived from the original on 2014-05-07. Retrieved 2014-05-06.
  4. ^ Pécsi Tudományegyetem University of Pécs. "Pécsi Tudományegyetem | University of Pécs". Retrieved 2014-05-06.
  5. ^ Ervin Laszlo (1973). Introduction to Systems Philosophy: Toward a New Paradigm of Contemporary Thought. New York: Harper Torchbooks. p. 290.
  6. ^ Bela H. Bánáthy (June 2002). "Autoiography: Béla H. Bánáthy". Retrieved 2008-08-19.
  7. ^ "The General Evolution Research Group". Retrieved 2009-09-09.
  8. ^ László, Ervin (2004). Science and the Akashic Field: An Integral Theory of Everything. Rochester, Vermont: Inner Traditions. p. 176.
  9. ^ Warwick authors - Warwick University alumni & friends
  10. ^ Anthony Peake on near-death experiences versus actual death experiences - Skeptiko interview
  11. ^ The Labyrinth of Time by Anthony Peake, Arcturus Publishing Ltd 2012 (prologue)
  12. ^ Anthony Peake | Center for Advanced Studies -
  13. ^ The Immortal Mind: Science and the Continuity of Consciousness Beyond the Brain by Ervin László and Anthony Peake 2014
  14. ^ "You Can Change the World" By Ervin Laszlo, Contributor Mikhail Gorbachev, SelectBooks, Inc., 2004, ISBN 1-59079-057-X, pg. 14-16
  15. ^ Rivera, Jeff (2010-08-17). "Pitching An Agent: Waterside Productions". Mediabistro. Retrieved 2014-05-06.
  16. ^ Grof, "A Brief History of Transpersonal Psychology", 14 Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine

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