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Insight and Illusion in Bohmian Psychology

August 8, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm CEST

29,00€ – 279,00€


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Insight and Illusion in Bohmian Psychology

with David Moody 

August 8 at 18:00 (CEST) for a 2-hour live session  

David Bohm is known primarily for his work in physics and cosmology, but his contributions to the field of psychology were equally profound and significant. His understanding of the nature and dynamic structure of consciousness, and their relevance to the ordinary affairs of daily life, had several sources. His views were shaped in part by his experience with members of the scientific community and his disillusionment with their independence of mind and objectivity. He also drew upon the work of Hegel and Piaget, among others. The greatest influence upon his outlook on psychology, however, was the philosophy of J. Krishnamurti, and the quarter-century of dialogue and collaboration between the two men.

In Bohm’s approach to psychology, the role of thought occupies a central position in consciousness, including our common misconceptions about thought and the illusions that thought generates. The remedy for these illusions is insight, which represents a form of seeing or intelligence that transcends the limitations of thought. These views closely parallel those of Krishnamurti, but Bohm expressed them with his own gift for language and colourful metaphors. In this presentation, we will examine the basic elements of Bohmian psychology with special reference to the work of Krishnamurti and the nature and quality of the relationship between the two men.

David Edmund Moody, PhD author and educator

David Edmund Moody, PhD, is the author of An Uncommon Collaboration:  David Bohm and J. Krishnamurti.  He worked closely with Bohm and Krishnamurti in his capacity as director of the Oak Grove School, founded by Krishnamurti in Ojai, California, in 1975.  Moody’s relationship with the two men is described in his previous book, The Unconditioned Mind:  J. Krishnamurti and the Oak Grove School.

Moody is currently completing a biography of Krishnamurti that presents his philosophy in a new light.  Krishnamurti in America: New Perspectives on the Man and His Message is scheduled for publication in October 2019.

Moody facilitated a series of seminars conducted by Bohm at Oak Grove School, in which Bohm described his views on consciousness and the human condition.  He conducted several recorded dialogues with Bohm, three of which are included as appendixes in An Uncommon Collaboration.

He took his PhD in education at UCLA in 1991.  His doctoral research investigated the logical structure of high school biology textbooks and their effects on student understanding of the theory of evolution.  Moody is the author of numerous articles in popular and professional journals on topics related to biology and science education, including Gaia theory and the development of a curriculum based on the cultivation of insight.

All sessions will last for approximately 2 hours, and will be held over zoom.us. The session structure may vary from speaker to speaker, but in general participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the presenter and in some cases there will be breakaway discussion groups.

Each session will be hosted by a member of the Pari Center Team, to ensure that the call is running smoothly and assist anyone experiencing technical problems.

During the presentations, we ask participants to turn off their microphone to ensure better quality audio. For this reason, the host may mute a participant’s audio. This is not to silence a participant’s voice, but to ensure an overall good audio quality. If a participant would like to ask a question or make a contribution to the discussion, they can use the ‘raise your hand’ tool in the chat, and then are welcome to turn on their microphone.

We invite all participants to turn on their video camera, as we believe that seeing everyone creates an inclusive educational environment. However, if any participant is uncomfortable, they are free to turn off the camera.

All sessions will be recorded for archival purposes. The recordings will not include the possible breakout-room discussions, but only the speaker’s presentation, follow-up discussions and Q&A. If a participant does not feel comfortable being recorded, we invite that participant to turn off their video and audio throughout the session. These recordings are available to anyone who has purchased a ticket for an attended session, or for a session they have paid for but were unable to attend. If a participant would like to access to the recording, please email us at: eleanor@paricenter.com


All sessions – Full Price €279, Member’s Discount €251.10: All 13 live sessions or access the recording if you miss a session.

7/13 sessions – Full Price €159, Member’s Discount €143.10: Choose any 7 live sessions or access the recording if you miss an event. After you have purchased this option, you will receive a form by email to choose the events you wish to attend.

One session – Full Price €29, Member’s Discount €26.10: By purchasing one session, you will have access to any one session and recording. Tickets for individual sessions are available on the event page for that session.

Solidarity All Sessions – €139: All 13 live sessions or access the recording if you miss a session. Please feel free to use this solidarity rate if you are under financial stress. The membership discount does not apply to this package.

Solidarity  7/13 Sessions – €99: Choose any 7 live sessions, or access the recording if you miss a session. After you have purchased this option, you will receive a form by email to choose the events you wish to attend. Please feel free to use this solidarity rate if you are under financial stress. The membership discount does not apply to this package.

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August 8, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm CEST
29,00€ – 279,00€
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