Dr. Ervin Laszlo – System Stress & Systems Shift

Dr. Laszlo discusses living in an age of discontinuity, the deeper community he feels all religions point to, and his thoughts on a new marriage of science and spirit.

“Ninety-nine percent of the multi-cellular complex species since the Cambrian revolution are extinct. It doesn’t mean that humanity will not become extinct but we have a conscious mind therefore we can perhaps direct our own destiny.”


Dr. Ervin LaszloErvin Laszlo is recognized as one of the seminal founders of systems philosophy and general evolution theory. He has served as founder-director of the General Evolution Research Group and as president of the International Society for the Systems Sciences. A prolific researcher and lecturer, Ervin Lazlo has received numerous awards and academic commendations for his pioneering work. He was awarded the highest degree in philosophy and human sciences from the Sorbonne, the University of Paris, and the coveted Artist Diploma of the Franz Liszt Academy of Budapest, as well as four honorary doctorate degrees.

A versatile lecturer and researcher, Lazlo’s posts have included research grants at Yale and Princeton Universities, professorships for philosophy, systems sciences, and future sciences at the Universities of Houston, Portland State, Indiana, Northwestern University, the State University of New York, as well as guest professorships at various universities in Europe and the Far East. In addition, Laszlo worked as program director for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). In 1999 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Canadian International Institute of Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics.

Ervin Laszlo has contributed widely to the field of evolutionary thinking through his writings, as author or editor of sixty-nine books, over four hundred articles and research papers, and six volumes of piano recordings. He currently serves as editor of the monthly World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution and of its associated General Evolution Studies book series and as president of the visonary Club of Budapest.


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