Next Meetup

David Bohm and problems with Thinking: Part 2
We will continue with the previous week's meeting on David Bohm's thinking on the limits of thoughts. In the 20th century, David Bohm made major contributions to Quantum Theory, neuro-psychology and philosophy. Join us to focus on Bohm’s relevance to one’s personal search for answers to the big questions in life. Regarding Bohm's approach to perception: Normally we don’t see that our assumptions are affecting the nature of our observations. But the assumptions affect the way we see things, the way we experience them, and, consequently, the things that we want to do. In a way, we are looking through our assumptions; the assumptions could be said to be an observer in a sense. The meaning of the word “observe” you could get from defining “observation” as “gathering with the eye,” or “listening” as “gathering with the ear.” That is, everything in the room you are in is gathered together and comes to the pupil of the eye, the retina, and to the brain; or it may also come through the ear. So the observer is what gathers: it selects and gathers the relevant information and organizes it into some meaning and picture. And that is what’s done by the assumptions in thought. According to what you assume, you will collect and gather certain information as important and put it together in a certain way, in a certain structure. -Taylor Francis "Then there is the further question of what is the relationship of thinking to reality. As careful attention shows, thought itself is in an actual process of movement. "We haven't really paid much attention to thought as a process. we have engaged in thoughts, but we have only paid attention to the content, not to the process. "Individuality is only possible if it unfolds from wholeness.

Pittsburgh Friends Meeting House (Oakland),

4836 Ellsworth Avenue, PA 15213 · Pittsburgh, PA

What we're about

A Spiritual Self-Help Group

The Pittsburgh Self Inquiry Group offers a friendly environment where people seeking to discover a true understanding of themselves and their place in the cosmos can work together.

We meet the first and third Wednesday year-round, 7-9pm at the Friend's Meeting House, 4836 Ellsworth Ave, PGH 15213 -ithin walking distance of both Pitt and CMU's campuses.

We encourage individual spiritual paths and practices while exploring the teachings of people throughout history who have claimed successful discovery of the answers to the big questions in life, such as "Who am I?", “Does life have a purpose?” and “Is there a way to find out?” Our “working group” of seekers forms the matrix where each individual's progress can be accelerated by helping and being helped.

About The Meetings

We sit silently for 15 minutes and then each participant has the opportunity to explore their views on the chosen topic. The primary intention of the meetings is to help each person see their own patterns of mind and deeply-seated beliefs more clearly. The goal is not therapy but discovery.

Other benefits include: People to talk with, Recommended books, Weekend workshops and Group retreats.

Other Resources:

In addition to the local resources, you can connect with a wider group of people, some of whom have found an ultimate answer and are motivated to help you do the same.

For more information on resources see the Self Discovery Portal (

For more information on networking see the TAT Foundation. (

And check out this free online spiritual ezine, The Forum ( with essays, poems, opinions and humor on seeking and finding answers.

Perhaps most importantly, with the Pittsburgh Self Inquiry Group you will find friendship with others who see the goal of self-knowledge or self-definition as the highest goal of life – and each individual's true calling and purpose.

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