Excerpt from The Intelligence of the Cosmos: Why Are We Here? New Answers from the Frontiers of Science by Ervin Laszlo

I love two things about this text:  First, the vibrations are In-Formed. Second, a man who devoted his whole life to the most clear-headed science.  What a great setup to a beautiful thought.

The old concept, based on Newton’s classical mechanics, has run its course. There is a new concept of what the world truly is . It is not an ensemble of separate bits of matter moving in accordance with mechanistic laws, but an intrinsically whole system where all things are connected in ways that transcend the previously known bounds of space and time. In the new concept, the things that furnish the world are not pieces of matter. Surprisingly (or perhaps not so surprisingly, because this has been an age - old intuition) they are basically vibration. The vibrations that make up the world we observe are not random but highly ordered: they are coherent  Their order and coherence tell us that they are not the result of mere chance. To use a term suggested by physicist David Bohm , the vibrations are “ in-formed . ”

The great physicist Max Planck said it clearly. In one of his last lectures in Florence he noted , “ As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear - headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together.” And, Planck added, behind the force that holds the vibrations of the atomic nucleus together “we must assume the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind.” * That intelligence, he said, is the matrix of all matter.

 

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