Category Archives: Worldviews

Manifesto for a Post-Materialist Science

A group of internationally known scientists from a variety of scientific fields (biology, neuroscience, psychology, medicine, psychiatry), who participated in an international summit on post-materialist science, spirituality and society, has posted on the Open Sciences website a Manifest for a Post-Materialist Science for all to read and for other scientists to sign. The Maniefesto also appears as a guest editorial in the September-October 2014 issue of Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing.


The purpose of the Open Sciences website is to act as a portal for open-minded scientific investigations that go beyond the dogmas that dominate so much of science today. – About

The new website is already a rich source of related resources including publications, organizations, videos, blogs, open questions, and events.

The Self-Actualizing Cosmos

The Self-Actualizing Cosmos: The Akasha Revolution in Science and Human Consciousness is Ervin Laszlo’s latest refinement and elaboration of his Akashic paradigm and worldview. In it he reasons for a revolutionary scientific paradigm, clarifies his conception of a multi-dimensional Cosmos, and relates recent scientific findings, developments, and ideas to his thinking. He also considers current issues and views critical to our survival.

Laszlo explains the necessary revolution in science which the new, Akashic paradigm enables. He points out the shortcomings of the prevailing scientific worldview which fails to account for significant, anomalous scientific findings, including: phenomena of non-locality and entanglement, transcending the bounds and limits of time and space; the form and level of coherence in complex systems, manifesting a cosmic unity and oneness; and the existence of organic molecules in stellar processes, ejected into space, coating asteroids and other stellar bodies with the precursors of life.

Observations of this kind cannot be accounted for by patching up the dominant paradigm: they challenge the very foundations of the basic scheme with which scientists have been tying together the observed facts. 1

Laszlo develops the first principles of the Akashic paradigm, in which

The cosmos is an integral system actualizing in the interaction of two dimensions: an unobservable deep dimension and an observable manifest dimension. The deep dimension is the Akasha: the “A-dimension.” The observable dimension is the manifest “M-dimension.” …. The A-dimension “in-forms” the M-dimension, and the in-formed M-dimension acts on—“ de-forms”— the A-dimension. 2

As he has done in previous books, Lazlo visits numerous philosophic topics and integrates dialogs with colleagues on topics impacted by the Akashic paradigm. Included are chapters on perception, health, freedom, and the good; questions and answers on the Akashic paradigm; and comments from leading thinkers and scientists, including Edgar Mitchell, Stanley Krippner, Depak Chopra, and Ken Wilbur.

Since publication of The Self-Actualizing Cosmos, Ervin Laszlo had been interviewed numerous times. Noteworthy is a 25-minute interview, available online, conducted by David Gibbons in March, 2014. It provides a good introduction to the book and Laszlo’s Akashic perspective of the Cosmos and related issues of our time. Previews of the book are available online (Amazon Kindle, Google Books).

Laszlo’s paradigm of a self-actualizing Akashic Cosmos is both a resonant and coherent echo and a scientific amplification and enhancement of ancient, perennial wisdom. It’s the revolutionary worldview science needs to comprehend and explain, fundamentally and more fully, the origins and manifestations of our existential reality, and to resolve the dilemma of survival in our complex, contentious, and divided world.

It also provides a foundation upon which the noetic triune is grounded.


1. Laszlo, Ervin (2014-03-02). The Self-Actualizing Cosmos: The Akasha Revolution in Science and Human Consciousness (p. 7). Inner Traditions/Bear & Company. Kindle Edition.

2. Ibid., 33.


‘learn to think like gnostics,..’

The journal NeuroQuantology recently published an invited paper by Philip Carter titled Consciousness and Perception in Higher-Dimensional Quantum Space-time1 which, I believe, is a particularly significant work, fostering an approach to a worldview compatible with and complimentary to a noetic triune worldview.

In the Conclusion, Carter tells us:

The central message of this paper is that, in order to solve physics, we must learn to think like gnostics, to think in terms of inner space and not just outer space,…2

Indeed you will as Carter ‘s framework for consciousness includes two imaginary planes, inner dimensions added to the classical three dimensions of physical, outer space.

The paper is structured in two parts: in the first,

[a] higher-dimensional spacetime model is proposed, accounting for nonlocal quantum phenomena while embracing Special Relativity as a limiting case;3

while in the second

…a consciousness model within the higher- dimensional spacetime framework, integrating elements of physics, psychology, philosophy and metaphysics4

is introduced.

Carter depicts the complete two-part model in Figure 21.5

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The quantum spacetime model provides the basis for an explanation of nonlocality and entanglement unaccountable within Special Relativity. The consciousness model incorporates  what Carter terms esoteric ideas and knowledge derived from adepts,  philosophical and spiritual thinkers and practitioners. He contrasts orthodox Aristotelian and gnostic Platonic views, arguing that

… science, and in particular physics, have indeed been hindered by deeply entrenched [orthodox] philosophical and theological predispositions, tracing their roots back to the early centuries of Christianity and before.6

Definitely not a no-braner

The paper is no simple read in the park. Those who go beyond this simplistic, abbreviated description are in for some tough slogging. They must be prepared to engage with such challenging physics constructs as: Minkowski spacetime (Figure 27); the gravitational wavefunction; 3-, 4-, and 5-branes; the Transactional Interpretation (TI) of quantum mechanics; and offering and confirming standing waves. Dare I also mention such esoteric notions as: the identity of space and consciousness; objective and subjective space; emotional energy and relative motion in imaginary (i) space; and the ensuing physics of perception–just to name a few others.

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Does a photon experience time?

Well, to find out you’ll just have to read Quantum Spacetime and ConsciousnessIt will be well worth the effort to engage with Carter’s fresh thinking. I hope you will appreciate the enlightenment of a promising integral worldview of physics and consciousness, one that joins inner and outer, real and imaginary space and, possibly, provides further insights into the physics of a noetic triune.

1. Available as Quantum Spacetime and Consciousness on the free e-prints alternative archive,
2. ibid, p. 38
3. ibid, Abstract
4. ibid, Abstract
5. ibid, p. 37
6. ibid, p. 37
7. ibid, p. 8