David Bohm (1917-1992)
The theoretical physicist David Bohm is most known for his work in quantum physics but he also deeply explored the nature of thought and intelligence. These explorations lead Bohm to propose that thought is at the source of humanity’s problems. Bohm called for sustained attention to the process of thought as the manner of addressing these problems at their source.
"If our troubles originate in a kind of 'ocean' of thought and language, in which we are submerged, but of which we are only dimly aware, it would seem reasonable to begin immediately to inquire into the actual function of our thought and language. To do this requires, of course, that we give this function our serious attention. We do give such attention to a vast range of things, including nature, technology, politics, economics, society, psychological problems, and so forth. Why should thought and language be the one field left to function automatically and mechanically, without serious attention, so that the resulting confusion vitiates most of what we try to do in all other fields?" – David Bohm
The David Bohm Society exists to inventory, preserve and promote David Bohm’s work and to explore and realize his proposals. It is our desire to have as much of Bohm's work as possible released into the public domain and archived at the Internet Archive. The David Bohm Society was founded in December of 2012 by Matthew Capowski.
The David Bohm Society has its roots in a previous project that was started in 2007, the Thought Knowledge Perception Institute, that explored proposals about what thought is doing to the world. This 2007 project ultimately resulted in the David Bohm Society being created.
There is an urgency to making Bohm's work more visible. It has extraordinary relevance to the future of humanity and our collective capacity to clear up the incoherence in thought and culture. This incoherence is perpetually creating the crises and difficulties that humanity continues to face.