Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Implicate Order - 3WW

Thom writes:
Each week, I post three words. You write something using the words.

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This week's words:

Cause; Implicate; Stretch

*In the enfolded [or implicate] order, space and time are no longer the dominant factors determining the relationships of dependence or independence of different elements. Rather, an entirely different sort of basic connection of elements is possible, from which our ordinary notions of space and time, along with those of separately existent material particles, are abstracted as forms derived from the deeper order. These ordinary notions in fact appear in what is called the "explicate" or "unfolded" order, which is a special and distinguished form contained within the general totality of all the implicate orders (Bohm 1980, p. xv).*

David Joseph Bohm FRS (20 December 1917 – 27 October 1992) was an American quantum physicist who contributed to theoretical physics, philosophy of mind, and neuropsychology. Due to suspicions of Communism during the McCarthy era, he left the US, eventually becoming a Brazilian, and later, a British citizen. Bohm is widely considered to be one of the most significant theoretical physicists of the 20th century.

The Implicate Order

So when I fell off
the cliff and saw it all come
to bloom in the sun,
you touched my collar,
you, the cause of it, the whole
implicate order,
a stretch into light
slowed to a modest walking
pace, your drumbeat timed
to my heart's weird need -
now I'm immersed in this long
droning sacred song.

November 14, 2012 4:29 AM


  1. Perhaps it is only at this moment that everything does fall into place (if you'll pardon the pun..and of course not advocating jumping)..i can't pretend to understand the science but the words fall beautifully..and perfectly into place..jae

  2. "My hearts weird need" Are you talking about the world in general or just me? Either way the prose is stunning.

    1. I haven't seen much about the implicate order lately. Most everyone in the business has passed the implicate order idea by, I presume because there is not much to do practically with it. However, much of the later quantum mechanics utilizes stuff underneath and underneath again in order to hit the levels they are at now. The large hadron collider has done its work. Apparently we have approached the actual limit of our ability because the next step up requires so much energy that no one knows how to contain it or keep the machine viable given materials and forces available to us.

      The next step, in other words, awaits a fundamental revolution in the theories which can permit yet larger forces and stronger materials. No one has a clue how that could happen.


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