David Bohm (1917-1992) was one of the 20th centuries most important physicist-philosophers. Bohm was deeply influenced by his intimate working relationships with both Einstein and Krishnamurti and was in turn very influential to the Dali Lama's view of science. He is thought by many to be the father of the new physics and the emerging new science of Dialogue. Dr. Bohm's work on Dialogue formed the center piece of Peter Senge's "Fifth Discipline" book and provided the inseminating thought behind the formation of the Dialogue Research Project at M.I.T.'s Organizational Learning Center. I met with Dr. Bohm during the last seven years of his life at the Ojai dialogues and also arranged to bring him to Apple Computer to address its executive management team and the company as a whole on the relevance of dialogue to organizations (Listen to our prep call here: https://www.implicity.org/mp3/w-DavidBohm.mp3). Implicity owes a great debt to the work and spirit of this great man.
David Bohm's challenge to the conventional understanding of quantum theory has led scientists to re-examine what it is they are doing and to question the nature of their theories and their scientific methodology. In this interview filmed in 1989 at the Nils Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, where Bohm was presenting his views, Bohm explains the basics of the theory of relativity and quantum theory. An Interview with David Bohm presents an in-depth assessment of a man who stands astride the line that separates science and spirituality. David Bohm is as complex and puzzling a man as the theories he propounds.This video serves as a good introduction to the life and work of a man who may be one of the century's most important scientists. ~ Rob Ferrier
Links to Bohm resources I recommend:
Download "Meaning and Information" a chapter by Bohm from "Search for Meaning: The New Spirit in Science & Philosophy"
Wikipedia on Bohm's Implicate Order
Wikipedia on Bohm
Scientific American: David Bohm, Quantum Mechanics and Enlightenment
Download "Excerpt from the 5th Discipline" re Bohm and Dialogue
The Omni Interview
This is the first biography of David Bohm, brilliant physicist, explorer of consciousness, student of Oppenheimer, friend of Einstein, and enemy to the House Un-American Activities Committee. As both his friend and fellow physicist, no one is better positioned than F. David Feat to tell the story of this extraordinary scientist, one of the most original thinkers of the second half of the twentieth century, a man who made influential contributions to physics, philosophy, consciousness, psychology, language, and education.
David Bohm (1917-94) was one of the foremost theoretical physicists of his generation and one of the most influential theorists of the emerging paradigm through which the world is increasingly viewed. Bohm's challenge to the conventional understanding of quantum theory has led scientists to re-examine what it is they are doing and to question the nature of their theories and their scientific methodology. He brought together a radical view of physics, a deeply spiritual understanding and a profound humanity. In the years before his death in 1992, Bohm lectured worldwide on the meaning of physics and consciousness.
In an interview in 1989 at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, where Bohm presented his views, Bohm spoke on his theory of wholeness and the implicate order. The conversation centered around a new worldview that is developing in part of the Western world, one that places more focus on wholeness and process than analysis of separate parts. Bohm explained the basics of the theory of relativity and its more revolutionary offspring, quantum theory. Either theory, if carried out to its extreme, violates every concept on which we base our understanding of reality. Both challenge our notions of our world and ourselves.
He cited evidence from both theories that support a new paradigm of a more interrelated, fluid, and less absolute basis of existence, one in which mind is an active participant. "Information contributes fundamentally to the qualities of substance." He discussed forms, fields, superconductivity, wave function and electron behavior. "Wave function, which operates through form, is closer to life and mind...The electron has a mindlike quality."
In his groundbreaking theory of "wholeness and the implicate order", Bohm proposed a new model of reality that was a revolutionary challenge to physics. In this model, as in a hologram, any element contains enfolded within itself the totality of its universe. Bohm's concept of totality included both matter and mind.
Bohm also mentioned the dangers we face as a society and the changes we will have to make in our thinking in order to have a future. He said we need a more holistic approach to the ecological problem and must find something else in life besides economic growth; if it continues unchecked, it will destroy the planet.The emerging change in consciousness is the challenge and the key: "Our future depends on whether we feel like part of this one whole or whether we feel we're separate."
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