Human Nature as the Product of our Mental Models

We have released an essay of Bohm’s, tittled Human Nature as the Product of our Mental Models, which you can view on the David Bohm Society website.

When we speak of human nature, we generally imply that we are talking about something that is more or less fixed in its qualities and properties, and that exists essentially independently of our thought about it. In this essay, however, I am going to propose that that aspect of behaviour which has been attributed to such a fixed and independently existent human nature is actually a continuously changing and developing artefact, created in the course of human work and social relationship, and very much dependent on how it has been considered in thought.

A Discussion between Professor David Bohm and Professor Maurice Pryce (1961)

This discussion is available to read on our website.

The conversation starts off with Professor Maurice Pryce stating:

In this discussion I seem to stand for orthodoxy and you for unorthodoxy—that’s fair, isn’t it? For instance, you’d criticize the orthodox viewpoint on the ground that it doesn’t give enough prominence to actuality in physical theory. Is that right?