Maverick physicist David Bohm looked to the East for inspiration
The documentary Infinite Potential: The Life & Ideas of David Bohm from Director Paul Howard takes us on the steps of David Bohm, an American scientist described as one of the most significant theoretical physicists of the 20th century. It explores its work studying the human mind and consciousness.
Despite the significance of his work, David Bohm remains unknown to most. Probably because his interpretation of quantum physics with spirituality was too incompatible with the dominant narratives and beliefs of society at the time. David Bohm was a scientist, but an idealist who believed his findings could lead to a new era for humankind.
After being shunned by the scientific orthodoxy, maverick physicist David Bohm looked to the East for inspiration, befriending the Dalai Lama, who calls Bohm his “science guru.” He also had a long correspondence with Jiddu Krishnamurti, which is considered to have given among the most intensely original and illuminating packets of a human thought ever produced.
Could now be his time to shine?
Misunderstood and rejected by most of his peers, it is only later that David Bohm’s work and contribution was to gain recognition. At times in which the divisions and rivalry plaguing humanity appear more unsustainable and dangerous than ever, David Bohm’s work is gaining traction. It reminds us of the united nature of our universe and the importance of consciousness.
In essence, with this documentary, Paul Howard brings together science and spirituality and opens new perspectives for humanity in terms of our understanding of reality and its interconnectedness. It joins the many voices calling us to awaken if our species want to overcome the many challenges of the 21st century.
“The notion that all these fragments are separately existent is evidently an illusion, and this illusion cannot do other than lead to endless conflict and confusion.“ ― David Bohm, Wholeness and the Implicate Order