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David Bohm on Consciousness and the Concept of Actuality

“Now, there’s one other thing that modern quantum mechanics doesn’t handle. Oddly enough, physics at present has no contact with the notion of actuality. You see, classical physics has at least some notion of actuality in saying that actuality consists of a whole collection of particles that are moving and interacting in a certain way. Now, in quantum physics, there is no concept of actuality whatsoever, because quantum physics maintains that its equations don’t describe anything actual, they merely describe the probability of what an observer could see if he had an instrument of a certain kind, and this instrument is therefore supposed to be necessary for the actuality of the phenomenon. But the instrument, in turn, is supposed to be made of similar particles, obeying the same laws, which would, in turn, require another instrument to give them actuality. That would go on an infinite regress. Wigner has proposed to end the regress by saying it is the consciousness of the actual observer that gives actuality to everything.”

David Bohm

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8 responses

  1. It’s turtles all the way down…

    July 29, 2018 at 10:49 am

  2. Man dude I was just reading some other things Bohm said today. Amazing guy, thanks for the post, we must be on the same wavelength.

    QP

    July 29, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    • Lou

      Science meets spirituality…Thanks dudester.

      July 29, 2018 at 2:30 pm

      • I have a post in the works with him as a subject, I hope you catch it when it’s finished 🙂 some stuff he said is really out there, and to find a way to bring it back in is well a good idea.

        QP

        July 29, 2018 at 2:32 pm

        • Lou

          Please send it to me. I crave stuff from this subject. It’s the only thing that is real to me these days.

          July 29, 2018 at 3:23 pm

          • Sure thing I think my last post is the prequel to it but there could be one more in between. Have a fantastic day!
            QP

            July 30, 2018 at 1:29 am

          • Hi Lou please check out m latest post on David Bohm. Let me know what you think and have a great day.

            September 11, 2018 at 8:42 am

  3. John Willemsens

    Reblogged this on Advayavada Buddhism.

    July 30, 2018 at 2:00 pm

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