David Bohm

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English physicist, David Bohm, was the most avid early proponent of a holographic model of the universe. Highly respected in the physics community and a leading pioneer of plasma physics, he was also seen as a renegade whose thinking outside the typical closed-system box gave him a unique perspective that was free to explore every assumption of physics with fresh eyes. For Bohm, the cosmic wholeness was the primary context in which to investigate the principles of physics, and this wholeness was (is) of a seamlessly and totally unified nature. He called this wholeness the Holomovement, acknowledging the ever-present motion within all manifest entities. The cosmos is to be seen as a wholly unified and continuously emergent flow of energy, meaning and consciousness.

Implicate & Explicate Orders

This ever-emergent holomovement has two primary domains within which it orders and organizes itself — the pre-manifest, unseen, background field called the Implicate Order, and the manifest, experiential foreground field called the Explicate Order, which is the cosmos as we know it. He likened the Implicate as an immense underlying sea of energy and information, and the Explicate (specifically, the quantum activity) as an excitation of small waves rippling upon its surface. From a holographic perspective, one could accurately equate this to a literal ocean of water with an immense unified ordering process (ocean currents) underlying a constantly moving surface of waves and interference patterns.

Reciprocal Relation

These two realms, the implicate and explicate, are in what Bohm called Reciprocal Relation, with each one informing and influencing the other in the ongoing manifestation process. At the quantum level, sub-atomic particles (electrons, for example) flicker in and out of existence at a very high rate, emerging into the explicate, and returning into the implicate. As they do, the information gained by the particle while in the explicate manifest state is carried back (Enfolds) into the implicate state, influencing the underlying totality of background information in its ordering process. This in turn influences the energy and information of the particle as it re-emerges (Unfolds) into the explicate manifest state, influencing and changing its ordering process... and on and on it goes.

“Rather than suggesting a continuous entity that moves “through” time and space, the image of ordered 
allows for a view of the electron as a 
perpetually emerging explicate structure, temporarily 
unfolding from an 
ordered implicate background, and then rapidly 
enfolding back into this background, 
in an ongoing cycle. By extension, the whole of experience can be understood as a flow of appearances resulting from such a cycle of enfoldment and unfoldment.” David Bohm, Wholeness and the Implicate Order

This enfolding-unfolding reciprocal information exchange occurs in nested scales of mutual influence, “even between macroscopic processes and those at the atomic level, indicating the complexity of the pathways through which the qualitative infinity of nature may manifest.” (Bohm, Wholeness and the Implicate Order) The dynamic flow process of the torus is an excellent model to depict this reciprocal relationship and nested mutual influence. In this video from the movie Thrive, Ashok Gangadean describes how these nested toroidal fields encompass our personal relationships and our relationship to all life.

The Qualitative Infinity of Nature

Upon deep analysis of the apparently inexhaustible variety of qualities of nature, Bohm saw no reason to limit the potential for new qualities to innovate at any time and any scale and dimension of physical and metaphysical reality. This is what he calls the Qualitative Infinity of Nature. Because of this infinite creative potential of the cosmos, Bohm allowed for all so-called scientific laws and fundamental principles that are held onto dearly by mainstream scientists to have the potential to be transcended and made obsolete by the emergence of a new qualitative context. The speed of light may be held as an absolute universal constant in a relativistic context, with nothing able to travel faster than it, yet in a holographic context, the potential is present for superluminal, and even instantaneous, information exchange, as is now experimentally proven in the study of quantum entanglement.

Bohm spanned a wide range of research and philosophical inquiry. He collaborated closely with Karl Pribram in his consideration of the brain’s functioning as a holographic field phenomenon, and explored esoteric and spiritual dialogues with both J. Krishnamurti and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His theoretical proposals about the holographic nature of the cosmos were far ahead of his time, though, making for very little tangible acceptance or continued research into them by the mainstream physics community.

"I would say that in my scientific and philosophical work, my main concern has been with understanding the nature of reality in general and of consciousness in particular as a coherent whole, which is never static or complete but which is an unending process of movement and unfoldment...." David Bohm, Wholeness and the Implicate Order


For more information and links to other websites about him and his work see:

David Bohm on Wikipedia



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