“Philosophy of Consciousness” (SB 3.19.37)

San Diego - April 15, 1992 / (068)

Thompson examines a variety of traditional approaches for considering absolute truth, while also analyzing historical, academic, and philosophical perspectives. He then compares Sankarite concepts of impersonal Brahman, with the idea of energy fields described in modern physics, concluding with an evaluation of the efforts of the well-known theoretical physicist, David Bohm, who proposed to graft “consciousness” onto physics by adding “bliss” to the energy field. Thompson argues that Bohm’s attempt invites a number of philosophical challenges.