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Godwin, R.W. (1991). Wilfred Bion and David Bohm: Toward a Quantum Metapsychology. Psychoanal. Contemp. Thought, 14(4):625-654.

(1991). Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought, 14(4):625-654

Wilfred Bion and David Bohm: Toward a Quantum Metapsychology

Robert W. Godwin, Ph.D.

The same organizing forces that have created nature in all its forms, are responsible for the structure of our soul, and likewise for our capacity to think.

[Werner Heisenberg, 1971].

This paper involves a detailed comparison between psychoanalyst W. R. Bion's theories about mental development, and postmodern theoretical physicist David Bohm's theory of the implicate order in physics. The author relates the implicate order to some fundamental aspects of human development as envisaged by Bion, including the relationship between the paranoid—schizoid and depressive positions, genesis of psychic space and time, schizophrenic thinking, psychoanalytic epistemology, and the evolution of the. thinking process. The purpose of the paper is to demonstrate the consistent theoretical isomorphy between these seemingly unrelated

theorists, with the hope of forging a fertile interdisciplinary dialogue between physics and psychoanalysis.

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