What is time, both inwardly and outwardly—in its outer, physical aspect as chronological time and in its inner dimensions as psychological time? What subtleties are involved in entering the exploration opened by this question? These issues we enquire into together.
Reflection on time as understood in physics brings an appreciation of the challenge of forming understanding that reaches beyond our normal framework of thinking. Reflections on biology and on our own experience show our sense of identity and our consciousness itself to be deeply tied to the perception of time. These understandings lead to an exploration into the place of time in our inner life and into a subtle enquiry into who we are in our individual, global, and cosmic dimensions.
Our intention in these contemplations is, first, to develop a framework of thinking that supports our investigation and, second, to enter a journey of exploration together, in a participatory process, in which verbal understanding and non-verbal perception, knowledge and the unknown, walk together hand in hand.
David Schrum received his PhD in quantum theory from Queen’s University, Canada (1971), after which he spent two years in post-doctoral studies with David Bohm at Birkbeck College, London. At Birkbeck, Schrum entered the world of Bohm’s creative and subtle philosophical approaches to physics, and of his enquiry into the structure of consciousness and what may lie beyond. He was also introduced to his professor’s interest in the philosopher J. Krishnamurti. David Schrum continues engagement in these areas.
From 1974 until retirement he taught at Cambrian College, Canada.
Present areas of focus: (philosophical) a new approach to scientific enquiry and understanding; (relational) dialogue as a process of shared enquiry into mind in its individual and collective dimensions; (mathematical) relativistic quantum theory derived from a new application of the quantum principle.