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Tribute to one of the greatest scientists of the 20th Century
Written by: George Satsias
Along with Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist David Bohm (of whom Einstein spoke of as being his successor) made significant contributions to quantum theory, but his passion would lie foremost in discovering the nature of reality; the hard question of consciousness.
Bohm eloquently illustrates realities that have eluded humankind for centuries. Truths that have caused divisions amongst humans that are leading us to the destruction of ourselves as well as what we perceive to be the other.
Without a hint of arrogance, Bohm would share insights with an unprecedented modesty that if one were to characterise him without bias or prejudice, one might comprehend the beautiful mind, (a shared commonality amongst all sentient beings).
He demonstrated that the perceived separation between ourselves and the external world is nothing more than a persistent deception brought about by thought. His theories came close to describing the indefinable mystery of consciousness, a feat unmatched by his predecessors.
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Excerpt from the documentary "Art Meets Science and Spirituality in a Changing Economy - From Fragmentation to Wholeness."
"Art Meets Science and Spirituality in a Changing Economy - From Fragmentation to Wholeness."
Artists, scientists, spiritual leaders and economists gathered in Amsterdam in 1990 to explore the emerging paradigm of a holistic world view and the implications for a global economy. The five day conference, Art Meets Science and Spirituality in a Changing Economywas inspired by the artists Joseph Beuys and Robert Filliou, and manifested by Louwrien Wijers, who called it a “mental sculpture.”
With The Dalai Lama, David Bohm, Robert Rauschenberg, Ilya Prigogine, John Cage, Huston Smith, Francisco Varela, Mother Tessa Bielecki, Rupert Sheldrake, Sogyal Rinpoche, Lawrence Weiner, Marina Abramovic, Fritjof Capra, Raimon Panikkar and others…
Brief BioDavid Joseph Bohm was an American-born British quantum physicist who was a leading expert in the fields of theoretical physics, neuropsychology and philosophy. He is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential theoretical physicists of the 20th century. In 1940, after attending CalTech, Bohm switched to the University of California, Berkeley. Bohm attained a doctorate in theoretical physics while studying under Robert Oppenheimer. Bohm was invited to attend the prestigious Shelter Island Conference. During the same year, he secured the position of assistant professor at The University of Princeton where he worked closely with Albert Einstein. At Princeton, he published several articles on plasma physics. David Bohm, a scientist-philosopher, was a rare combination of the spirit of science and philosophy. As a committed researcher, he had an intense passion for the problems of the foundations of physics. Studying the theory of relativity, he would subsequently develop an alternative interpretation of quantum mechanics to eliminate the philosophical paradoxes that seemed to be prevalent in quantum mechanics. He developed metaphysics, the philosophy of the implicate order, to steer humanity to a new profound vision of reality. Following in the footsteps of Aristotle, in developing fundamental physics and then finding that it was inadequate to explain the dynamic process of matter, life and consciousness, later forming a metaphysics of the implicate and explicate order. The implicate-explicate order is the philosophical conclusion he had drawn from his lifelong research and musings in physics. Like Einstein-though for different reasons, Bohm was never reconciled to the current quantum mechanics’ interpretations and proposed a secret order which was at work beneath the seeming chaos and lack of continuity of individual particles of matter as described by quantum mechanics.
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