Now I may only be one chapter into it so far, but I’m already falling in love with David Bohm and F. David Peat.
DAVID PEAT: As far back as I can remember, I was always interested in the universe. I can still remember standing under a street lamp one evening—I must have been eight or nine—and looking up into the sky and wondering if the light went on forever and ever, and what it meant for something to go on forever and ever, and if the universe ever came to an end. You know the sorts of questions. Well, pretty soon the idea began to excite me that the human mind was able to ask these sorts of questions and in some way comprehend the vastness of everything.
These sorts of ideas continued right through school, along with a feeling of the interconnectedness of everything. It was almost as if the entire universe were a living entity. But of course, when I got down to the serious business of studying science at university, all this changed. I felt that the deepest questions, particularly about the quantum theory, were never properly answered. It seemed pretty clear that most scientists were not really interested in these sorts of questions. They felt that they were not really related to their day-to-day research. Instead we were all encouraged to focus on getting concrete results that could be used in published papers and to work on problems that were “scientifically accpetable.” So faily early on, I found myself getting into hot water because I was always more excited by questions that I didn’t know how to answer than by more routine research. And of course, that’s not the way to build up an impressive list of scientific publications.
DAVID BOHM: I learned later that many of my fundamental interests were what other people called philosophical and that scientists tended to look down on philosophy as not being very serious This created a problem for me, as I was never able to see any inherent separation between science and philosophy …
I did not feel that it was worth going on with, not without a deeper philosophical ground and the spirit of common inquiry. You see, it is these very things that provide the interest and motivation for using mathematical techniques to study the nature of reality.
As I was reading those passages it slowly dawned on me that I kind of wanted to make out with them. Now you know the way to my heart.