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The Finite Potential: Asking the Forbidden Questions

One of the troubling things about modern (“quantum”) physics, and which lends a dangerous feeling of esotericism to the field, is the list of proscriptions it often comes with: we can’t know this, you’re not allowed to ask that, you’re asking the wrong question. What makes David Bohm a hero to me has less to do with the particular view of the quantum world he championed than with his courage in general to ask whatever he wanted to. Much of the “conventional” view of quantum mechanics is summarized by the debates Bohr & Einstein had at the 1927 Solvay conference,

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The Infinite Potential: Ongoing Experiments

Having been a colleague and collaborator of David Bohm for over thirty years, I congratulate Paul Howard for producing a film that captures the spirit of David Bohm as I saw him. The film is not about physics or about Bohm’s physics, but about how physics in the hands of a visionary led to a world view that was in complete contrast to the traditional reductionist and mechanical view. David Bohm has taken Niels Bohr’s notion of ‘quantum wholeness’ to a new level of understanding. Bohm was recognised by his contemporaries and invited to the Shelter Island conference after World War

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A Flickering Reality

I discovered David Bohm in a little village in Italy in 2012. Prior to that I knew nothing of him. Now having just completed a film on his life, his incredible work in physics, philosophy and the nature of consciousness, the question for me is, how come I never heard about this extraordinary man and his work? Many of the questions that pre-occupied me during my formative years have since been answered by getting to know Bohm and his work, questions concerning the nature of  humanity, who we are collectively, where did we come from and why science and spirituality

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Statement from Co-Editor David Howard

It’s not often that a project comes along that gives one the opportunity to ask meaningful questions about ourselves as individuals, about life in general and what it is that motivates our behavior and approach to life. I had heard Paul talking about the David Bohm Infinite Potential project for some time but honestly thought it would be a very difficult project to get financed. The ideas sounded wonderful and very inspiring, ideas about wholeness, oneness, emergence and  transformation that embraced  the notion of consciousness and what that might be. These are all ideas I have been personally very interested

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Imagery and Metaphor in Infinite Potential

I’m very honored to be among a select group of creative people who had the chance to contribute to the film Infinite Potential. Filmmaking is teamwork and we had a lot of amazing people working very hard to allow this project to manifest itself. As the cinematographer and one of the film’s editors, my primary contribution was to the visual language. My approach was to visualise the idea of “undivided wholeness” and come up with metaphoric montages that could do it justice. David Bohm referred to it as the “Implicate Order” enfolding into the “Explicate Order”––a notion he picked up

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The Frequency of Consciousness

When working on “Infinite Potential,” the main question for me was: “How can we translate the idea of interconnectedness into music?” While meditating on it, my thoughts brought me back to the Schumann Resonance, a electromagnetic, ultra-low frequency, generated by a vibrational interaction between the Earth’s surface and its ionosphere. It’s a sound that surrounds us all… everywhere… any time. Cosmic electromagnetic waves hit the earth all the time, then bounce from the surface of the planet and then back again from the ionosphere to the earth’s surface, creating a frequency which is just below our audible spectrum. So if

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Pari Double Rainbow

In 1987 David Bohm wrote the following paragraph to be read at the memorial service for a lifelong friend and classmate at Penn State University. The piece was later read at Bohm’s own memorial service at Birkbeck College. And in June 2008, David Peat convened the “Legacy of David Bohm” meeting in Pari by reading these same words: “The field of the finite is all that we can see, hear, touch, remember and describe. This field is basically that which is manifest, or tangible. The essential quality of the infinite, by contrast, is its subtlety, its intangibility. This quality is

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The Spirit of Dialogue

“What is essential here is the presence of the ‘spirit’ of dialogue, which is, in short, the ability to hold many points of view in suspension, along with a primary interest in the creation of a common meaning.” David Bohm and David Peat, ‘Science, Order and Creativity’ When I came across this quote several years ago, I thought, yes, that’s it! Like Bohm and Peat I’d been deeply troubled by the feeling that something essential was missing; and that missing thing that was causing all the problems in the world. What made me aware of this were the brief moments

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Looking for Meaning in All the Wrong Places

Where is meaning to be found? Bohm had a different answer than his peers in the field of theoretical physics. Bohm had excelled at math, yet he saw those around him clinging to mathematics in a way that seemed to avoid the central issue, that being to understand what the mathematical equations meant. Even though throughout his career he needed to use mathematics as a way of resolving technical aspects of his research, he always had a deep distrust that the math alone was trustworthy. Never, he thought, could a mathematical transaction be entirely free of unexamined assumptions, and the

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Wholeness and Fragmentation

We all find that the groups to which we belong function really well sometimes … and then there are those other times, the ones when it’s hard to see through the clashes or to avoid the landmines. Why do those clashes happen? How do we mend the tears in the fabric of our groups or societal world once they have been torn? Bohm thought about that a lot. Why is it that inevitably we seem to get into such societal muddles? He worried – or as David Peat describes it he agonized – over the state of the world in

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