Bohm Dialogue

August 9, 2011

This past week we’ve seen our nation practically forced into bankruptcy by the Republican controlled House of Representatives, followed by a downgrading of U.S. securities by Standard & Poors and a collapse of the stock market. What did we expect Standard & Poors to do when the nation has been on a brink of debt default?

The issues are complex; and some of the solutions, including those proposed by Tea Party Republicans and others, are simplistic: a convention to amend the U. S. Constitution (Paul Antinori), a revival of the concept that the States have the power to nullify federal laws (The Foundation for a Free Society).

The physicist, David Bohm has made a distinction between discussion – where each side tries to promote its viewpoint – and dialogue, which he defines as “a free flow of meaning between people in communication.” He has stated that “it may turn out that such a form of free exchange of ideas and information is of fundamental relevance for transforming culture and freeing it of destructive misinformation, so that creativity can be liberated.”

It is my conviction that dialogue like this is needed rather than the cacophony currently coming from Washington. I intend to attend my town’s Democratic Party caucus; and if I can make a proposal for more dialogue, I will do it.

Someone has created a page on Facebook called “Bohm Dialogue.” Only seven people have said that they like this, and there seems to be no way of contacting the organizers or commenting on the page. On the spur of the moment, I’ve created a page called “Promoting Bohm Dialogue” and a group called “Let’s Promote Bohm Dialogue.” I’d be interested in your comments on Facebook or in this blog.

One Response to “Bohm Dialogue”

  1. […] a posting earlier this month, I proposed that the dialogue methods presented by David Bohm in his book, On Dialogue, could be a […]

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