Wholeness and the Implicate Order (Routledge Classics)

Wholeness and the Implicate Order (Routledge Classics)David Bohm Was One Of The Foremost Scientific Thinkers And Philosophers Of Our Time Although Deeply Influenced By Einstein, He Was Also, Unusually For A Scientist, Inspired By Mysticism Indeed, In The 1970s And 1980s He Made Contact With Both J Krishnamurti And The Dalai Lama Whose Teachings Helped Shape His Work In Both Science And Philosophy, Bohm S Main Concern Was With Understanding The Nature Of Reality In General And Of Consciousness In Particular In This Classic Work He Develops A Theory Of Quantum Physics Which Treats The Totality Of Existence As An Unbroken Whole Writing Clearly And Without Technical Jargon, He Makes Complex Ideas Accessible To Anyone Interested In The Nature Of Reality. AcknowledgmentsIntroduction Fragmentation and wholeness Appendix R sum of discussion on Western and Eastern forms of insight into wholeness The rheomode an experiment with language and thought Reality and knowledge considered as process Hidden variables in the quantum theoryQuantum theory as an in
If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Perception and Maps Wholeness and the Implicate Order by David BohmIn a four dimensional reality, all lower dimensions would appear as abstractions from the totality in the same way that a line or a plane presently have no actual existence to us and are abstractions There are no perfect lines or planes, in the mathematical sense, except in mathematics Every line also has width and is therefore potentially a plane and every plane has depth and is potentially a solid.The Russian philosopher, P D Ouspensky developed these and o
I love this man Like an old friend giving you guidance of how you should proceed with your science to understand what you re trying to understand about the universe No book ever speaks to my heart like this one Every sentence says that he knows exactly what I want, and what I m not confident about being able to grasp The rheomode of language use he proposed, that is to turn adjectives back their original verb form, is a great way to organize thoughts and reduce confusion Chapter 5 and 6 gives clear formal exposition what does it mean by hidden variables critical guide for scientists who cares about the dynamic of being The the final magnificent passages are romantic time, space, consciousness, movement and continuity Interestingly, he s the first man I read who gave fair comments about Descartes Apparently, he didn t la
This book is basically 1 3 physics, 1 3 semantics and linguistics, and 1 3 philosophy If you aren t interested in all three, it s probably not the book for you And yes, there is some math in it, but it s really not that much outside of one appendix, and most of it is algebra
Bohm approaches a Deleuzian concept of fold through physics alone In tracing the development of quantum mechanics from general relativity, he points out the added concepts explicate order that characterize physics today These added concepts are invisible, and thus modify the data to lead to confusing questions about the physical nature of reality.Bohm s approach leads him very close to Barad in his critique of quantum mechanics interpretations and towards agential realism in how cuts and metrics can emerge from the universe measuring itself as Barad would say.Barad however is far closer to philosophy than Bohm What amazes me about Bohm is that he is able to say the same thing in less words with less extension but from a view building out of the mechanics of physics itself.Having read the others above, including some phil
Perhaps one of the most unfounded books I have ever read Bohm s goal to cure the world from its fragmentation is a good one, and comes from a good place, but both his ideas of culture and reality as well as his mode of presentation and argumentation are that of a middle schooler For instance, Bohm takes Greece and therefore Rome as well to represent all of the West and ancient India to represent all of the East From a single examination of a single word in both of these cultures, he then decides that the Eastern idea of measure is better than the Western, and therefore that the East is better than the West Bohm frequently ignores counter evidence in his arguments, such as the two thousand years of strict Chinese scholar culture when discussing how the East has been since the beginning of human society non conformist in its education He also ignores, when pinning the West as ignorant of the immeasurable, religion, and philosophy, ALL Western religions, both Christian and non Christian To sum up his argument on measures, he writes Thus, in the West, society has mainly emphasized the development of science nad technology dependant on measure while in the East, the main emphasis has gone to religion and philosophy which are directed ultimately toward the immeasurable If one considers this question carefully, one can see that in a certain sense the East was right to see the immeasurale as the prima
Undivided wholeness and flowing movement, Bohm s core concept that encompasses the whole content of this amazing work Bohm starts from examining the historial development of fragmentation which emphasized a certain aspect of measurement of reality, and equated our representation as perfect correspondence with what we treat as independent of reality.However, what Bohm suggested as a remedy to fragmentation seems quite unclear He mentioned that integration is impossible due to the finity of our mind, but he said we should examining as many aspects of reality as possible to see something as a whole What s the difference What I understood as integration definitely starts from bootstrapping a simple idea to build up a great idea, incorporating various aspects to resolve the discrepancies and contradictions among partial observations In other words, we
the monumental achievements of modern physics have been based upon or, have led to a certain worldview that the universe is made of entities that can be broken up into elementary constituent parts, and Everything That Happens is made up of interactions between these entities unfortunately, as with a great many ideas, as time passes and the application of this viewpoint to various avenues of investigation meets with success after success, people come to believe that the reason for this success must be that the concept is a True representation of Reality, and not simply an efficient and practical set of techniques for operating in a certain limited domain bohm mastered quantum mechanics and relativity in the 1950s, spent a bunch of time hanging out with einstein and feynman and those sorts of people, and then stepped back and tried to figure out why the two revolutionary advances in 20th century physics have proved so difficult to reconcile is nature telling us that we are missing something this book makes a case for wholeness, and against fragmentation quantum entanglement hints that entities which appear to be isolated from each other are still connected relativity tells us that there can be no such thing as an extended rigid body, which led particle physicists to posit that the elementary particles are extensionless points, but this then leads to infinite fiel
This is a key piece of the quantum rendering puzzle.It provides the motive and a method to think differently to see a wholeness in constant transformation, rather than a bunch of particles moving independently and obliviously, according to some mechanical program. The unifying topic of this book s chapters, which vary widely in both content and style, is Bohm s theory of the nature of reality as an undivided, interpenetrating whole strongly reminiscent of the Hindu Buddhist metaphor of Indra s net In presenting this idea, Bohm s approach comprises philosophical speculation, sociological critique, physical analogy, and the specialized mathematical expressions of quantum theory NB as a non expert, I found it possible to follow these latter technical aspects of his discussion in general terms, though ultimately not to evaluate the validity of his conclusions Like any theory which proposes to address the fundamental ground of existence, it is difficult to assess what the effective implications of Bohm s formulation may be, though he suggests that future investigations of sufficiently high energy, short space time domains of physics beyond current technological cap