David Bohm and the Big Bang

On account the recently published scientific paper by Ahmed Farag Ali and Saurya Das, Cosmology from quantum potential, David Bohm and his work is being mentioned again.

Salon states: “In their paper, Ali and Das applied these Bohmian trajectories to an equation developed in the 1950s by physicist Amal Kumar”.

And see, for example, No Big Bang? Quantum equation predicts universe has no beginning.

We will take this opportunity to share some of David Bohm’s comments on the Big Bang:

“With all this in mind let us consider the current generally accepted notion that the universe, as we know it, originated in what is almost a single point in space and time from a “big bang” that happened some ten thousand million years ago.  In our approach this “big bang” is to be regarded as actually just a “little ripple”.  AN interesting image is obtained by considering that in the middle of the acutal ocean (i.e., on the surface of the Earth) myriads of smal waves occasionally come together fortuitously with such phase relationships that they end up in a certain small region of space, suddenly to produce a very high wave which just appears as if from nowhere and out of nothing.  Perhaps something like this could happen in the immense ocean of cosmic energy, creating a sudden wave pulse, from which our “universe” would be bron.  This pulse would explode outward and break up into smaller ripples that spread yet further outward to constitute  our “expanding universe.” The latter would have its “space” enfolded within it as a special distinguished explicate and manifest order.”  — David Bohm

“I propose something like this: Imagine an infinite sea of energy
filling empty space, with waves moving around in there, occasionally
coming together and producing an intense pulse. Let’s say one
particular pulse comes together and expands, creating our universe of
space-time and matter. But there could well be other such pulses. To
us, that pulse looks like a big bang; In a greater context, it’s a
little ripple. Everything emerges by unfoldment from the holomovement,
then enfolds back into the implicate order. I call the enfolding
process “implicating,” and the unfolding “explicating.” The implicate
and explicate together are a flowing, undivided wholeness. Every part
of the universe is related to every other part but in different degrees.” — David Bohm

 

New David Bohm Interview Being Transcribed

We are currently digitizing an interview that has not been made
available to internet before.  This interview between David Bohm and
Prof. Dr. Angelika C. Wagner took place on January 9th, 1987.  A special
thanks to Prof. Dr. Angelika C. Wagner for locating and providing the
David Bohm Society this interview.

The following is the introduction to the interview:

On
January 9, 1987, I interviewed David Bohm at Birkbeck College, London,
about issues of how consciousness gets into conflict with itself.

Professor
Dr. David Bohm is an eminent theoretical physicist, a former associate
of Einstein, whose theory of the enfolded-unfolding universe (Bohm,
1980) deals with issues of quantum physics as well as human
consciousness.  His new paradigm of the ‘holomovement’ (Wilber, 1982)
has tremendous implications not only for physics but also for education
and psychology.  In his dialogues with the philosopher and mystic, J.
Krishnamurti (Bohm/Krishnamurti 1985), both of them probed the question
of “the ending of (psychological) time”.

How does this notion of a
holographic mind relate to the issues of change which are central to
the field of education and psychotherapy? This was the basic question
and the starting point for the present interview.