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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

David Bohm and the philosophy of mind


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David Bohm (1917-1992) was an American physicist best known for his contributions to quantum mechanics and the philosophy of mind. Allan Combs and Mark Hollands said,


"The universe according to Bohm actually has faces, or more precisely, two orders. One is the explicate order, corresponding to the physical world as we know it in day-to-day reality, the other a deeper, more fundamental order which Bohm calls the implicate order. The implicate order is the vast holomovement. We see only the surface of this movement as it presents or 'explicates' itself from moment to moment in time and space." (Synchronicity: Science, Myth, and The Trickster, 1990)


The rest of this post is some quotes from Bohm.




"Then there is the further question of what is the relationship of thinking to reality? As careful attention shows, thought itself is an actual process of movement." (Wholeness and the Implicate Order, 1980)


"I would say that in my scientific and philosophical work, my main concern has been with understanding the nature of reality in general and of consciousness in particular as a coherent whole, which is never statistic or complete but which is an unending process of movement and unfoldment..." (Wholeness and the Implicate Order, 1980)


"Deep down the consciousness of mankind is one. This is a virtual certainty because even in the vacuum matter is one; and if we don't see this it's because we are blinding ourselves to it." (Quoted in Towards a Theory of Transpersonal Decision-making in Human Systems by Joseph Riggio)




"The point about dialectic is the ultimate identity of the universal and the individual. The individual is universal and the universal is the individual." (Quoted in Dialogues with Scientists and Sages by Renee Weber)


"What is essential here is the presence of the spirit of dialogue, which is in short, the ability to hold many points of view in suspension, along with a primary interest in the creation of common meaning." (Science Order and Creativity, 1987 with David Peat)


"Dialogue is really aimed at going into the whole thought process and changing the way the thought process occurs collectively. We haven't really paid much attention to thought as a process. We have engaged in thoughts, but we have only paid attention to the content, not the process." (On Dialogue)


New concepts


"For the history of scientific research is full of examples in which it was very fruitful indeed to assume that certain objects or elements might be real..." (A Suggested Interpretation of Quantum Theory in Terms of Hidden Variables, 1952)


"Of course, we must avoid postulating a new element for each new phenomenon. But an equally serious mistake is to admit into the theory only those elements which can now be observed." (A Suggested Interpretation of Quantum Theory in Terms of Hidden Variables, 1952)