The Intelligence of the Cosmos

by Ervin Laszlo (Author), Jane Goodall (Foreword), James O’Dea (Afterword)

From the cutting edge of science and living spirituality: a guide to understanding our identity and purpose in the world.

  • Explains how we can evolve consciously, become connected with each other, and flourish on this planet.

  • For the outdated mainstream paradigm the world is a giant mechanism functioning in accordance with known and knowable laws and regularities. The new paradigm emerging in science offers a different concept: The world is an interconnected, coherent whole, and it is informed by a cosmic intelligence. We are conscious beings who emerge and co-evolve as complex, cosmic-intelligence in-formed vibrations in the Akashic Field of the universe.
“From the time when the conscious universe was a preposterous notion to today, when it’s a cutting-edge idea full of promise for your future, Ervin Laszlo has been its staunch champion.”

— Deepak Chopra, author of You Are the Universe

Ervin Laszlo and his collaborators from the forefront of science, cosmology, and spirituality show how the re-discovery of who we are and why we are here integrates seamlessly with the new emerging worldview in the sciences, revealing a way forward for humanity on this planet. Offering a guidepost to orient this evolution, Laszlo examines the nature of consciousness in the universe, showing how our bodies and minds act as transmitters of consciousness from the intelligence of the cosmos and how understanding science’s new concept of the world enables us to re-discover our identity and our purpose in our world.

With bold vision and forward thinking, Laszlo and his contributors Maria Sági, Kingsley L. Dennis, Emanuel Kuntzelman, Dawna Jones, Shamik Desai, Garry Jacobs, and John R. Audette outline the new idea of the world and of ourselves in the world. They help us discover how we can overcome these divisive times and blossom into a new era of peace, coherence, connection, and global wellbeing.

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Table of Contents


Who are we? And why are we here? are questions that have preoccupied  humans for thousands of years. Is our universe, including our own little planet, the result of mindless chance? Are we humans simply one more entity that has gradually emerged throughout the long course of evolution on planet Earth? Just one more creature of flesh and blood, albeit one with an unusually  highly developed brain? Or is there more to us than that – a spiritual dimension, a consciousness, that exists independently of our physical body, independently of our brain, though all is intricately connected? Are we the only creature on Earth to question who we are and why we are here, what is the purpose of our lives?

  • Chapter 1: Who Are We?
    • A New Concept of the World
    • A New Concept of Consciousness
    • An In-Formed World
  • Chapter 2: Why Are We Here?
    • Indications of Purpose in the Direction of Evolution
  • Chapter 3: New Answers
    • Who We Are
    • Why We Are Here
  • Chapter 4: The New Answers Re-Enchant Our Worldview
    • What Is the World — What Is My Mind?
    • Who We Are — And Why We Are Here
    • The Implications of the New Paradigm Understanding
  • Chapter 5: The New Answers and the Power of Purpose
  • Chapter 6: The New Answers and the Goal of Contemporary Social Change
    • The Goal of Supercoherence
    • The Need for Planetary Consciousness
  • Chapter 7: The New Answers and the Purpose of Business
    • How Can Business Live Up to Its Real Purpose?
    • Applying the New Map of Consciousness Going Forward
    • The Need to Evolve
  • Chapter 8: The New Answers and the Wisdom Traditions
  • Chapter 9: The New Answers — A Meaning for this Life and the Next
    • Five Personality Types in Humanity’s Search for Meaning
  • Chapter 10: The New Answers and the Challenge
    • The New Answers and the New Paradigm
    • Evidence for the New Answers to the Nature of Consciousness
    • The Evolution of Consciousness
    • Individuality

About the Author

Ervin Laszlo is a philosopher and systems scientist. Twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, he has published more than 75 books and over 400 articles and research papers. The subject of the one-hour PBS special Life of a Modern-Day Genius, Laszlo is the founder and president of the international think tank the Club of Budapest and of the prestigious Laszlo Institute of New Paradigm Research. The winner of the 2017 Luxembourg Peace Prize, he lives in Tuscany. In 2019, Ervin Laszlo was cited as one of the “100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People in the World” according to Watkins Mind Body Spirit magazine.

Jane Goodall, famous for her studies of chimpanzees, has established the Gombe Stream Research Centre in Tanzania; founded the Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education, and Conservation; and created the Roots & Shoots program to inspire young people to implement local projects that promote care for animals, the environment, and the human community.


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