Science, Spirituality, and the Present World Crisis

We have released a new (to the internet) talk of David Bohm’s titled: Science, Spirituality, and the Present World Crisis.  This talk was presented at the 12th International Transpersonal Association Conference by David Bohm in 1992.  It is an excellent presentation that summarizes several key aspects of Bohm’s work in regards to the crises that humanity faces and the possible resolution of them.

On the other hand, it has become evident that because of the general incoherence of society and the individual that I just described the further progress of science along its current lines cannot resolve these crises and may indeed tend to aggravate them. Thus for example it seems clear that science cannot make it possible for us to act together with the coherence and general good will needed to provide everyone with an adequate physical and social basis for life and at the same time to avoid destroying the planet through ecological disasters, climate changes, and so on. Nor can it help us deal with the forces of nationalism and religious divisions so these will no longer prevent us from getting together to meet all these problems which are evidently of a world-wide nature.

Clearly this sort of thing will be possible only if there is wide spread sharing of meaning allowing for the creation of a coherent culture which would eventually be planetary. How can a coherent culture come about? I want to suggest that the essential start is to be able to have a dialogue. This way people in different sub-cultures can come together to dialogue to share their meanings, perhaps to emerge with new meanings that would be common. We have to begin with people who are open enough to start the dialogue. We cannot begin with those who don’t want to. We need a place where people could get together merely to talk without trying to solve any problems. Simply to communicate, to share and to see if they could come to a common understanding.

The David Bohm Papers has Scanned and Released a lot of New Bohm Material

The David Bohm Papers recently updated their site and added a lot of new documents for download as PDF files than were never previously available on the internet before.  In total we have counted 119 scanned documents so far.

Most of these documents pertain to Bohm’s work in physics, but there are also several pertaining to his views on thought, culture, humanity’s crises, and related topics.

As an example here is a sampling from the David Bohm Papers:

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We have begun to update our David Bohm Articles and Essays section to reflect this new material.

 

New David Bohm Interview Being Transcribed

We are currently digitizing an interview that has not been made
available to internet before.  This interview between David Bohm and
Prof. Dr. Angelika C. Wagner took place on January 9th, 1987.  A special
thanks to Prof. Dr. Angelika C. Wagner for locating and providing the
David Bohm Society this interview.

The following is the introduction to the interview:

On
January 9, 1987, I interviewed David Bohm at Birkbeck College, London,
about issues of how consciousness gets into conflict with itself.

Professor
Dr. David Bohm is an eminent theoretical physicist, a former associate
of Einstein, whose theory of the enfolded-unfolding universe (Bohm,
1980) deals with issues of quantum physics as well as human
consciousness.  His new paradigm of the ‘holomovement’ (Wilber, 1982)
has tremendous implications not only for physics but also for education
and psychology.  In his dialogues with the philosopher and mystic, J.
Krishnamurti (Bohm/Krishnamurti 1985), both of them probed the question
of “the ending of (psychological) time”.

How does this notion of a
holographic mind relate to the issues of change which are central to
the field of education and psychotherapy? This was the basic question
and the starting point for the present interview.