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David Bohm (1917-92). Renowned physicist and theorist who was one of the most original thinkers of the second half of the twentieth century.


"Finally, although not a book about education per se, the summer of 2017 is a fine time to read David Bohm's 'On Dialogue' (1996). Bohm, a theoretical physicist, wrote this short, striking text in response to a `general feeling that communication is breaking down everywhere, on an unparalleled scale'. The book is a brilliantly penetrating analysis of the way that people habitually talk at cross purposes, blocking and distorting the meaning of what others are trying to say. `Assumptions or opinions are like computer programs in people's minds', he writes. `Those programs take over against the best of intentions - they produce their own intentions.' Bohm's reflections on how to `listen to the whole of what is said' and how to `create something new' in dialogue with others remain highly resonant." -Matt Lloyd-Rose, social researcher, NGO leader and writer.

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