David Bohm

On Dialogue

18:22 min
Philosophy, Psychology
144 pages, 1996

Miscommunication plagues our increasingly interconnected world. Bohm explores how dialogue - an open exchange marked by listening and understanding - offers a pathway to shared meaning and cultural transformation. Through suspending assumptions and genuinely engaging different perspectives, he shows how groups can reach create new insights. Ultimately, Bohm points to dialogue's potential to reshape fragmentary thought patterns underpinning societal conflict. Shedding light on the collective nature of consciousness, he reveals our participation in vaster orders of reality. This short maps out an inspiring vision: by lifting communication barriers through earnest dialogue, we edge toward profound personal and societal change, realigning with the cosmic interconnectedness underlying our shared existence.

David Bohm

David Bohm (1917-1992) was a renowned theoretical physicist who made significant contributions to quantum theory, neuropsychology, and the philosophy of mind. He is best known for his work on the interpretation of quantum mechanics, proposing the concept of "implicate order" to explain the underlying unity and interconnectedness of the universe. Bohm's interdisciplinary approach led him to explore the nature of consciousness, dialogue, and the relationship between mind and matter, as reflected in his influential books such as "Wholeness and the Implicate Order" and "On Dialogue."


Communication should be viewed not as static transfer of ideas but as a creative process of mutual understanding, necessitating an abandonment of prejudices and openness to novel, emergent perspectives across divides.
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