David Bohm has to be one of the greatest minds of the 20th century. Feeling greatly dissatisfied with the course physics took after the discoveries in the quantum domain, he developed an alternative interpretation of quantum physics (“the ontological interpretation”), in which it is possible to describe the processes taking place on the microscopic level, introducing new concepts that overcome the wave-particle duality and stressing the holistic aspect of the puzzling experiments.
He also sought a theory that reconciled quantum mechanics with relativity, which was accomplished, albeit very vaguely, with the concept of the “implicate and explicate order”. Later in his career, he created new perspectives on the relationship between mind and matter and spent a lot of time probing the peculiarities of consciousness.
Group dialogue also became a focal point, as a means for people to gain insights, new and deeper understanding.

Due to a number of reasons, his body of work was largely neglected and misunderstood by the mainstream and he never got the recognition he deserved.
Interestingly, his ideas are not dead and continue to inspire people in various fields, including myself.
David Bohm was not officially considered a philosopher, but his views are a treasure to explore. They touch all parts of existence, with many subtleties and complexities, but he usually explained things with maximum clarity.

Professor Emeritus Basil Hiley is furthering the Bohm legacy, mainly working out an algebraic foundation to describe the concepts of process, unfoldment, implicate order, …

The main Bohm-Hiley proposals

  • the ontological interpretation of quantum theory

    quantum organics instead of mechanics

  • the implicate & explicate order

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  • quantum potential & active information

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  • holomovement

Despite the Bohm theory not being fully examined and understood, let alone accepted by mainstream physicists, it tends to facilitate approaching a lot of ongoing psychological, philosophical and scientific issues, such as:

  • mind vs. matter & the ‘hard problem’

    Consciousness – dual aspect monism

  • far fewer quantum mysteries

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  • new perspective on self, determinism & free will

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  • psi phenomena...?

Recommended books

Recommended papers

  • Bohm, D. “A new theory of the relation of mind and matter” (01990)
  • Hiley, B.J.“Quantum Reality unveiled through Process and the Implicate Order” (02008)
  • Pylkkänen, P. “Can Quantum Analogies Help Us to Understand the Process of Thought?” (02014)