The General Evolution Research Group
The General Evolution Research Group (GERG)
began with a secret meeting in Budapest in 1984 of scientists from
both sides of the Iron Curtain during a critical juncture in the
Cold War. Spurred by the mounting threat to our species of rapid
nuclear proliferation and overkill, the purpose was to see if it
might be possible to use the chaos theory then coming into vogue
to develop a new general theory of evolution that might serve as
a road map for our species out of the mounting chaos of our times
to the reassuring order of a better world.
GERG in Florence, 1986. From left to right
circling the table clockwise: Eisler, Corliss, Chaisson, Laszlo,
Varela, Csanyi, Banathy. Empty chair is where Loye was sitting
before he got up to take these photos.
Out of this beginning, founded by general evolution
theorist Ervin Laszlo and a handful of original co-founders, over
the years GERG has expanded into a small informal research group
of 40 scientists in most of the major fields of social as well as
Multinational as well as multidisciplinary in scope, coming from
14 nations throughout Europe as well as in Asia and from the U.S.,
the GERGians (or GERGites, as sometimes referred to) have met in
Florence, Bologna, Vienna, Finland, Germany, Sardinia, Toronto,
again in Budapest and in Carmel, California, to try to move toward
the goal of building the better theory and story of evolution.
A vital part of GERG is our journal, World
Futures: The Journal of General Evolution.
We serve very loosely as the research arm to The
Club of Budapest, a prestigious group for advancing humanity
also founded by Ervin Laszlo.
A Brief History of GERG – with more photos – will provide
fascinating insights into the aspirations, frustrations, camaraderie,
joy, and wild humor so often characterizing the creativity of advanced
research groups in our time.
More photos will accompany the List
of GERG Members across many fields of science and from around
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