by Ervin Laszlo (Author), Deepak Chopra M.D. (Foreword), Stanislav Grof (Introduction), Kingsley L. Dennis (Editor)

Ervin Laszlo’s tour de force, What is Reality?, is the product of a half-century of deep contemplation and cutting-edge scholarship. Addressing many of the paradoxes that have confounded modern science over the years, it offers nothing less than a new paradigm of reality, one in which the cosmos is a seamless whole, informed by a single, coherent consciousness manifest in us all. 

Bringing together science, philosophy, and metaphysics, Laszlo takes aim at accepted wisdom, such as the dichotomies of mind and body, spirit and matter, being and nonbeing, to show how we are all part of an infinite cycle of existence unfolding in spacetime and beyond.

Augmented by insightful commentary from a dozen scholars and thinkers, along with a foreword by Deepak Chopra and an introduction by Stanislav Grof, What is Reality? offers a fresh and liberating understanding of the meaning and purpose of existence.

Table of Contents


“… there’s every reason to value highly a profound thinker like Ervin Laszlo. His new map of reality encompassing cosmos and consciousness aims to change our core beliefs, which in turn will change how we lead our daily lives… reality has brought us to a fork in the road. One signpost says ‘consciousness is the source,’ the other signpost says ‘matter is the source.’ By investigating the deepest mysteries of reality, Ervin Laszlo indicates which road to choose. And with his description of the new map of reality he inspires us the courage to actually take it.” 

From the foreword by Deepak Chopra

  1. Cosmos
    • Paradigm Shift
      • The Waning of the Classical Paradigm
      • The Nature of the New Paradigm
    • The Map of the Cosmos
      • Basic Tenets
    • The Deep Dimension in Classical Philosophy and in Modern Science
    • Postscript: Is the Deep Dimension a Hologram?
  2. Consciousness
    • The Conventional Theory
      • Challenges of the Conventional Theory
        • Near Death Experiences
        • Out-of-Body Experiences
        • Remote Viewing
        • Channeled Experiences
        • Instrumental Transcommunication
      • Alternative Conceptions
    • The Map of Consciousness
    • Postscript: The End of Dualism
  3. Existence
    • Survival
      • Existence After Death
      • Existence Between Lives
      • Existence Prior to (Re)Birth
    • The Map of Existence
      • Existence, Birth, and Death: The New Definitions
    • Appendix: An Experienced Case of Transcommunication
    • Postscript: Rebirth and Reincarnation in the Traditional Cultures
  1. The New Map in Physics
    • The Physics of Oneness Nassim Haramein
    • The In-Formed Cosmos Jude Currivan
    • The Holographic Theory of Reality Allan Combs and Stanley Krippner
  1. The New Map in the Study of Consciousness
    • A New of Reality Based on Consciousness Stephan A. Schwartz
    • The Deep Roots of Consciousness Ede Frecska
    • The New Map of Consciousness and the Neurosciences Nitamo Federico Montecucco
  1. The New Map and the Nature of Existence
    • Existence Beyond the Body: The Tibetan View Tulku Thondup
    • Existence Beyond the Body: The Shamanic View Na Aak
    • Existence Within and Beyond the Body: The Mystical View Jean Houston
    • Existence and the Intelligence of the Cosmos: Insights from a Psychedelic Communion Christopher M. Bache
  1. Wider Horizons
    • The Tao, Consciousness, and Existence Dr. & Master Zhi-Gang Sha
    • The New Map of Reality: Who Are You Really? John R. Audette
    • Conscious Agency for Planetary Wholness Kingsley L. Dennis
    • Laszlo’s Map of Reality and the New Human Consciousness Gary Zukav
    • Seeking Syntony with the Intelligence of the Cosmos Alexander Laszlo
  1. In Search of Meaning
    • Purpose in Nature
      • The Argument from Coherence (1): The Coherence of the Physics of Universe
      • The Argument from Coherence (2): The Evolution of Coherent Systems
    • Searching Deeper
  1. The Vision of the Ultimate Meaning
    • Cosmic Purpose and the Evolution of Consciousness
    • The Visionary Scenarios
  • Meaning and Purpose in Laszlo’s Map of Reality and in the Wisdom of Traditions
    • Shami Desai

About the Author

Ervin Laszlo spent his childhood in Budapest. He was a celebrated child prodigy, with public appearances from the age of nine. Upon receiving a Grand Prize at the international music competition in Geneva, he was allowed to cross the Iron Curtain and begin an international concert career, first in Europe and then in the United States.

At the request of Senator Claude Pepper of Florida, he was awarded United States citizenship by an Act of Congress before his twenty-first birthday.

Laszlo received the Sorbonne’s highest degree, the Doctorat en Lettres et Sciences Humaines, in 1970.

Shifting to the life of a scientist and humanist, he lectured at various American universities, including Yale, Princeton, Northwestern, the University of Houston, and the State University of New York.

The author, co-author or editor of ninety-one books, which have appeared in twenty-four languages, Laszlo has also written several hundred papers and articles in scientific journals and popular magazines.

He is a member of numerous scientific bodies, including the International Academy of Science, the World Academy of Arts and Science, the International Academy of Philosophy of Science, and the International Medici Academy.

Laszlo received the Goi Peace Award in 2001, the Assisi Mandir of Peace Prize in 2006, the Polyhistor Prize of Hungary in 2015 and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 and 2005. He was elected member of the Hungarian Academy of Science in 2010.

Laszlo is founder and president of the global think tank The Club of Budapest and Founder and Director of the Laszlo Institute of New Paradigm Research in Italy.


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