David’s guest today is Prof Ervin Laszlo. He spent his childhood in Budapest, Hungary. He was a celebrated child prodigy on the piano, with public appearances from the age of nine. Receiving a Grand Prize at the international music competition in Geneva, he was allowed to leave Hungary and begin an international concert career, first in Europe and then in America.
Shifting to the life of a philosopher and systems scientist, he has lectured at various U.S. Universities including Yale and Princeton. He is the Founder and President of both the Club of Budapest and the Laszlo Institute for New Paradigm Research.
He is the author, co-author or editor of 106 different books that have appeared in a total of 25 languages, Ervin 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. He was elected member of the Hungarian Academy of Science in 2010.
Ervin Laszlo was awarded the Laszlo the Sorbonne’s highest degree, the Doctorat ès Lettres et Sciences Humaines in 1970, and received honorary Ph.D’s from the United States, Canada, Finland, and Hungary. He was the recipient of the Peace Prize of Japan, the Goi Award, in 2001, of the International Mandir of Peace Prize of Assisi in 2005, and of the Luxembourg World Peace Prize in 2017. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 and 2005.
Imaginal Inspirations is hosted by David Lorimer, Programme Director of the Scientific and Medical Network and Chair of the Galileo Commission, an academic movement dedicated to expanding the evidence base of a science of consciousness. Imaginal cells are responsible for the metamorphosis of the caterpillar into a butterfly, which is the Greek symbol for the soul. These cells are dormant in the caterpillar but at a critical point of development they create the new form and structure which becomes the butterfly.
Works and links mentioned
Process and Reality by Alfred North Whitehead
Order Out of Chaos by Ilya Prigogine
Henri Bergson, Creative Evolution https://uk.bookshop.org/p/books/creative-evolution-henri-louis-bergson/3182006?ean=9781515423928
https://spiritual-awakenings.net/ also available as a podcast https://redcircle.com/shows/spiritual-awakenings
Laszlo playing Chopin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eo_192IYGjU