chapter  2
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Old Wisdom—New Understanding

The twentieth century has seen the scientific community’s worldview come ever closer to what mystics have described for thousands of years. Discoveries first made by Einstein and later corroborated and built upon by other physicists, dramatically altered the previously accepted Newtonian worldview. Newton’s concepts of absolute space and time, elementary solid particles and the idea of an objective description of nature were shattered by atomic physics and relativity theory. According to the latter, space is not three-dimensional and time cannot be separated from the rest of reality. The two are intimately connected and form a four-dimensional continuum of “space-time.”1 Physicist David Bohm, a protégé of Einstein’s, expressed this idea as follows:

One is led to a new notion of unbroken wholeness which denies the classical idea of analyzability of the world into separate and independently existing parts.. . . Rather, we say that inseparable quantum interconnectedness of the whole universe is the fundamental reality, and that relatively independently behaving parts are merely particular and contingent forms within this whole.2