How Bohm’s Infinite Potential model might be shown to work

This is from a combined philosophical and physics perspective


My message today is primarily centered upon understanding reality. This is through the intuition, skill and bravery of one man. The physicist’s name is David Bohm. Bohm is a British physicist that died in 1992.

I am a Bohm devotee. I refer to myself as being a Divergence Theorist. This means me thinking and writing about a given subject from a number of different approaches.

In these respects the three links that follow are provided for you to consider. They all incorporate themes of “combined” temporal and ontological lines of cosmological thinking. They all feed back to Bohm’s views about “cosmological reality” and the meaning of life. This is as they relate to his views about his Infinite Potential theory. My ideas are broadly similar to Bohm’s but with the emphasis on philosophy.

The three links:

1) The Life and Times of David Bohm

2) A short video trailer about David Bohm and his famous theory of the “Infinite-Potential”

3) Behind the scenes of the film

The contents of these might give you a reasonable idea as to what follows.

The manner in which the” Infinite-Potential” might be seen to “influence all things” in the universe.

I cite three examples. These are ones that I have conceptualized, worked with and previously posted.

These examples and the two supplements provide leads and ideas as to how I believe temporal and ontological things and systems might “work” within the wider world around us (our reality).

It can be shown that we do not live in isolated systems

Is this a sound manner in which to understand the mind and brain nexus?

Going backwards in time before your eyes

Supplement to the above, number 1

Illustratively demonstrating what might be the existence of the “Infinite Potential”

This is from a two dimensional perspective that follows. The illustration is demonstrated and supported by text further below.

A) The Planck line separates quantum (temporal) from sub-quantum (ontological) phenomena. It represents the smallest informational phenomena that physicists can observe, measure, anticipate and “adequately” describe. Mass-less fundamental particles exist in this area. One such example is an electron..

B) Below the Planck line is where Quantum Mechanics theory steps in (all the weird things that are known to happen in physics such as that all things and events are somehow connected to each other. Furthermore it acts as though the Universe has its own consciousness and can think). It is information immediately around the Planck Line that I conceptualize as being the two dimensional “zone” of the “Infinite Potential”. This is neither firmly ontological or temporal. This is represented by our whole of life experiences. This includes being alive.

C) The dotted lines below Quantum Mechanics (B as illustrated above) are representational of things and events that are more weird than other things happening in the universe (as represented by Quantum Mechanics). This lower level physics is the deepest level of physics and is sometimes referred to by Physicists as being informational physics. Human consciousness, intuition and the rules of nature might be seen as examples of phenomena at this level.

D) Above the Planck line (A) is the quantum levels of physics (temporal) where things and events can be observed and measured. These levels embrace materialist (meaning observable and testable) objects and movement. For example these include various effects of movement as described in Einstein’s relativity theories.

E) E in the illustration symbolizes all that “IS” in the universe. It also symbolizes how things might “fit” in relationship to it. I will explain this in the following paragraphs:

Connections in physics is known as entanglement theory. Entanglement theory is also linked to the concept of universal non-locality (something like a universal “without time” ether in the universe).

Quantum theory includes phenomena entitled non-locality (entanglement theory). Non-locality embraces and influences and effects all things and events in both the quantum (D level in the above diagram) as well as those at the B and C levels in the same diagram. (The C level might be considered to be the “home” of non-locality).

The “home” of non-locality might also be seen as the home of Bohm’s “Infinite-Potential”. This was broadly discussed in section B above.

From a temporal perspective non-locality can be demonstrated via the famous double slit experiment in physics. Conversely the laminar flow experiment demonstrates the temporal nature (“the wider practical”) world around us of reality. The following quotation relating to entropy further illustrates how this relationship might work in the manner that it does. It is complicated to understand. I do not fully understand it either.


“The second law of thermodynamics which ultimately states that the entropy (lack of order or predictability; gradual decline into disorder) of the universe is always increasing. That means that in any process that takes place the end result is that the entropy of the universe increases (like through the ontological laws of nature). In fact a better definition of what entropy is not just that it’s disorder but a better idea of what entropy is the amount of energy that cannot be converted back into work (like subtle influences such as consciousness). So basically as entropy increases the availability of energy to do (temporal) work decreases.”

Source of quote from transcript

Supplement to the above, number 2

In considering these points you might care to know what Einstein feels about religiosity. You might agree that they seem to concur with Bohm’s ideas. This is pertinent to his Infinite Potential theory.


“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed. It was the experience of mystery — even if mixed with fear — that engendered religion. A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, our perceptions of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which only in their most primitive forms are accessible to our minds: it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute true religiosity. In this sense, and only this sense, I am a deeply religious man… I am satisfied with the mystery of life’s eternity and with a knowledge, a sense, of the marvelous structure of existence — as well as the humble attempt to understand even a tiny portion of the Reason that manifests itself in nature.”

(Albert Einstein)

Einstein seems to be saying that in order to “practically” introduce his sense of religiosity one should consider:


My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds…”. [I suggest that this is in order for us to attain a greater appreciation of the ontological and temporal features of the wider universe (reality). I also say Bohm’s Infinite Potential].

Within the contemporary international physics community there seems to becoming the realization that there are difficulties with the mostly accepted Standard Model of Physics. This is as demonstrated by links one and two (Nature Magazine and Oxford University respectively).

If this proves to be the case this might raise the question as to whether Bohm’s Infinite Potential theory might “fill” this type of “mysterious” gap. This includes its origins, intent and meaning.

I have ideas about this area of debate. This is my philosophical position:

The Awareness Model of Cosmological Reality1

1] At its deepest level, reality consists of awareness and everything that we can perceive and observe consists of patterns of information in that awareness.

2] In the beginning, the awareness may have contained no patterns of information, but if so, we can suppose it had a capacity to create random patterns.

3] As random patterns were created, a proportion would have had structures that would allow them to be linked into more complex patterns. We can suppose that the awareness allowed this to occur and that complex patterns could better persist than the simpler ones.

4] Then over time patterns could emerge and evolve of increasing complexity.

5] We suppose this eventually led to a set of patterns with the right features to produce the universe in which we find ourselves. Eg. replication of patterns responsible for creating 3 dimensional space could produce the phenomenon of a universe expanding from a big bang.

6] We cannot perceive or observe anything outside our universe, however if physical objects consist of patterns of information within a deeper level of awareness, then that awareness might constitute a kind concurrent fourth dimension.

7] After dying the patterns of information corresponding to our physical body must fade away. But how about the patterns of information corresponding to our mental activity? Could they continue to persist within the deeper level awareness even after our physical body no longer exists?

8] Is our personal awareness linked to or produced by the deeper awareness?

9] Is this deeper awareness akin to David Bohm’s Quantum “Infinite Potential” model?

© for items 1 to 9 above John Raymond 2015

For greater physics detail also see this link.

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