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The theoretical physicist David Bohm is most known for his work in quantum physics but he also deeply explored the nature of thought and consciousness and the source of disorder in human culture and affairs. These explorations led Bohm to propose that thought is at the source of humanity’s problems. Bohm called for sustained attention to the process of thought and understanding the primacy of perception as the manner of addressing these problems at their source.
“We could say that practically all the problems of the human race are due to the fact that thought is not proprioceptive.” – David Bohm
“If our troubles originate in a kind of ‘ocean’ of thought and language, in which we are submerged, but of which we are only dimly aware, it would seem reasonable to begin immediately to inquire into the actual function of our thought and language. To do this requires, of course, that we give this function our serious attention. We do give such attention to a vast range of things, including nature, technology, politics, economics, society, psychological problems, and so forth. Why should thought and language be the one field left to function automatically and mechanically, without serious attention, so that the resulting confusion vitiates most of what we try to do in all other fields?” – David Bohm
About the David Bohm Society
The David Bohm Society was founded in 2012 to inventory, preserve, and promote David Bohm’s work and to explore and realize his proposals. See our about us page for more information.
About David Bohm
Books and Articles by David Bohm
Multimedia of David Bohm
“It is proposed that a form of free dialogue may well be one of the most effective ways of investigating the crisis which faces society, and indeed the whole of human nature and consciousness today. Moreover, it may turn out that such a form of free exchange of ideas and information is of fundamental relevance for transforming culture and freeing it of destructive misinformation, so that creativity can be liberated.” — David Bohm
We have launched a new website dedicated to Bohm dialogue. Visit this site for a comprehensive introduction to the subject.
The David Bohm and Jiddu Krishnamurti Relationship
David Bohm’s Work in the Sciences and Philosophy
David Bohm’s Work in Understanding and Addressing the Source of Humanity’s Problems