Coordination Dyanamics

The newer science of coordination, named, pioneered and developed by J. A. Scott Kelso at the Center for Complex Systems an Brain Sciences, Boca Raton Florida. Coordination dynamics—a mathematically expressed and experimentally tested theory that reconciles the scientific language of "states" with the novel dynamical language of "tendencies"—attests to the complementary nature inherent in human brains and behavior. It may explain, why we (and nature) appear to partition things, events, and ideas into pairs.

J. A. Scott Kelso

Glenwood and Martha Creech Chair in Science. Professor of Complex Systems and Brain Sciences Professor of Psychology, Biological Sciences and Biomedical Science. Team Leader of the Human Brain and Behavior Laboratory. Research interests: The problem of coordination in living things; connecting levels of brain and behavior through theory and experiment; principles and mechanisms of coordination dynamics (e.g. in sensorimotor integration, learning, perception, language, and development) using brain imaging (EEG, MEG, fMRI) and behavioral measures. Co-author along with David Engstrøm of The Complementary Nature (MIT Press 2006). Founder and Pioneer of Coordination Dynamics.

The Complementary Nature

The ideas and phenomena indicating that Nature is Complementary at its core, which lead a quest to discover, study and engage Generalized Complementarity Principles (GCP), one of Niels Bohr's great fond hopes. The Complementary Nature is also a book by Kelso and Engstøm on this subject. (MIT Press, 2006). "Why do we divide our world into contraries? Why do we perceive and interpret so many of life's contraries as mutually exclusive, either/or dichotomies such as individual~collective, body~mind, nature~nurture, cooperation~competition? Throughout time, many have recognized that truth may well lie in between such polar opposites. J. A. Scott Kelso and David Engstrøm contend that ubiquitous contraries are complementary and propose a comprehensive, empirically based scientific theory of how the polarized world and the world in between can be reconciled. They nominated the squiggle sign (~), as the symbolic punctuation for reconciled complementary pairs. Such reconciliations are grounded in the principles and mathematical language of the theory of Coordination Dynamics. The Complementary Nature provides a clear-cut methodology for this evolving theory of brain~behavior that can be applied to areas and developments outside the neurosciences, potentially aiding reconciliations within~between disparate fields.

David Engstrøm

Co-founder of The Metastabilian Movement. Artist ~ Scientist, Musician, Writer and Metastabilian Muse. Ph.D. Neuropharmacology, UCHSC, Denver. Since 1991, Engstrøm has worked with eminent neuroscientist J. A. Scott Kelso to develop a conceptual link between Coordination Dynamics and Complementary Pairs. Kelso and Engstrøm co-wrote the book on the subject, The Complementary Nature (MIT Press, 2006), which presents a novel philosophy of complementary pairs grounded in the science of coordination called Coordination Dynamics. It also introduced a new name and meaning for the '~' text symbol, the squiggle sign, which symbolizes the complementary nature of given pairs of complementary aspects. It also introduced the The Squiggle Sense to mean a psycho~biological sixth sense of The Complementary Nature.

THE METASTABILIAN MOVEMENT

What would you do if you discovered valuable new information about the human brain~mind, relevant and useful to all field~levels of human interest~endeavor, that seems to lead to a vast new frontier for creativity~inspiration? Welcome to The Metastabilian Movement, an individual~collective awareness~pursuit of The Squiggle Sense of The Complementary Nature, co-founded in 2011 by David Engstrøm and Drazen Pavlovic. Click TMM Sphere above to find out more...

Dražen Pavlović

Co-founder of The Metastabilian Movement. Master Artist~Painter. Owner~operator of Atelier Pavlovich, Varazdin, Croatia. Chairmen of the managing board of the LUV Art Association of Varaždin, and guide of the LUV Gallery. Member of HDLU Croatian Association of Artists, Zagreb, 1995-present. Founder of the famous painting colony Julijana E Draskowich (1989–1999), Trakošćan Croatia. Artistic Trajectory: 33 professional and critically acclaimed solo exhibitions; 150 appearances in local and international group exhibitions (Slovenia, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Germany, Macedonia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, USA). Pavlović has also taken part an organized a number of art based humanitarian actions, and numerous performance art installations.

The Squiggle Sense

Sixth Sense of The Complementary Nature, the sentient faculty that Metastabilians seek to awaken, explore, inspire and engage in their creative pursuits in any field, at any level and context. Metastable mode of Coordination Dynamics at the sentient level; metastable brain~mind perception~action. The squiggle sense senses the dynamics, inextricability and complementarity of complementary pairs. It is stimulated by the "coordinated dance" of complementary aspects. Once intentionally engaged, awareness of such inextricable dynamic complementarity is the essence of a Eureka moment. A person that has awakened and engages their squiggle sense to be inspired by, explore, appreciate and intentionally engage the complementary nature of themselves and their world we call "Metastabilian".

Complementary Pairs (Squiggles)

Pairs of complementary aspects, written in the syntax developed by Kelso and Engstrøm "ca1~ca2" where ca stands for complementary aspect, and the squiggle sign (~) symbolizes their complementary aspects, and indicates that coordination dynamics is relevant to descriptions of this complementarity. Also called "squiggles", as the complementary aspects are thought to be idealized extrema of phenomena which include them and all that lies between and around them.

The Squiggle Sign

Symbolizes the complementary nature of complementary aspects as well as indicating that coordination dynamics is relevant to descriptions of this complementarity.

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Drazen Pavlovic

gravity~radiation

SPIRAL CHANNEL~SPHERE CD4 (gravitation~radiation), oil on canvas, 50 x 60 cm, MMXIII  by Drazen Pavlovic, Certificate No. 52583.

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0002 SPHERE metastability Q6 ( brain ~ mind ) -oil on wooden panel - 45x50cm - MMXIII
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brain~mind

Only brain, only mind, either brain or mind, both brain and mind, brain changing to mind, mind changing to brain, between brain and mind, neither brain nor mind, beyond brain and mind…

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inorganic~organic

Only inorganic, only organic, either inorganic or organic, both inorganic and organic, inorganic changing to organic, organic changing to inorganic, between inorganic and organic, neither inorganic nor organic, beyond inorganic and organic…

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birth~death

Only birth, only death, either birth or death, both birth and death, birth changing to death, death changing to birth, between birth and death, neither birth nor death, beyond birth and death…

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man~god

Only man, only god, either man or god, both man and god, man changing to god, god changing to man, between man and god, neither man nor god, beyond man and god…

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reaction~diffusion

Reaction itself, diffusion itself, either reaction or diffusion, both reaction and diffusion, reaction changing to diffusion, diffusion changing to reaction, between reaction and diffusion, neither reaction nor diffusion, beyond reaction and diffusion…

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chakra~flow

SPHERE CF (chakra~flow) oil on canvas 70×90 cm MMXVII, original oil painting with Certificate, No.52690.

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invent~discovery

Only invent, only discovery, either invent or discovery, both invent and discovery, invent changing to discovery, discovery changing to invent, between invent and discovery, neither invent nor discovery, beyond invent and discovery…

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David Engstrøm

creativity~imagination

Only creativity, only imagination, either creativity or imagination, both creativity and imagination, creativity changing to imagination, imagination changing to creativity, between creativity and imagination, neither creativity nor imagination, beyond creativity and imagination…

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David Engstrøm

C~G, A~T

C~G, A~T, digital painting, from series, The Dialogue Of Clockmasters by David Engstrøm, 2009.

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experiment~theory

Only experiment, only theory, either experiment or theory, both experiment and theory, experiment changing to theory, theory changing to experiment, between experiment and theory, neither experiment nor theory, beyond experiment and theory…

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Drazen Pavlovic

association~cognition

Only association, only cognition, either association or cognition, both association and cognition, association changing to cognition, cognition changing to association, between association and cognition, neither association nor cognition, beyond association and cognition…

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David Engstrøm

Review of TCN

The Complementary Nature ~ A Review by Olaf Sporns “The division of our world (natural and social) into distinct contraries or opposites has become almost universal practice in most fields of human endeavor and inquiry, including science. Undeniably, imposing such divisions on space and time, wave and particle, order and chaos, action and perception, or organism and environment have enabled

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David Engstrøm

squiggle~muse

Only squiggle, only muse, either squiggle or muse, both squiggle and muse, squiggle changing to muse, muse changing to squiggle, between squiggle and muse, neither squiggle nor muse, beyond squiggle and muse…,

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Drazen Pavlovic

departure~arrival

SPHERE DA (departure~arrival) oil on wooden board, 39×54 cm MMXVI original oil painting with certificate No. 52687. Sold.

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gas~water

Only gas, only water, either gas or water, both gas and water, gas changing to water, water changing to gas, between gas and water, neither gas nor water, beyond gas and water…

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mass~gravity

Only mass, only gravity, either mass or gravity, both mass and gravity, mass changing to gravity, gravity changing to mass, between mass and gravity, neither mass nor gravity, beyond mass and gravity…

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David Engstrøm

planned~spontaneous

Only planned, only spontaneous, either planned or spontaneous, both planned and spontaneous, planned changing to spontaneous, spontaneous changing to planned, between planned and spontaneous, neither planned nor spontaneous, beyond planned and spontaneous…

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strange~familiar

Only strange, only familiar, either strange or familiar, both strange and familiar, strange changing to familiar, familiar changing to strange, between strange and familiar, neither strange nor familiar, beyond strange and familiar…

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human~robot

Only human, only robot, either human or robot, both human and robot, human changing to robot, robot changing to human, between human and robot, neither human nor robot, beyond human and robot…

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flexible~adaptable

Only flexible, only adaptable, either flexible or adaptable, both flexible and adaptable, flexible changing to adaptable, adaptable changing to flexible, between flexible and adaptable, neither flexible nor adaptable, beyond flexible and adaptable…

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David Engstrøm

persistence~change

Only persistence, only change, either persistence or change, both persistence and change, persistence changing to change, change changing to persistence, between persistence and change, neither persistence nor change, beyond persistence and change…

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David Engstrøm

combination~permutation

Only combination, only permutation, either combination or permutation, both combination and permutation, combination changing to permutation, permutation changing to combination, between combination and permutation, neither combination nor permutation, beyond combination and permutation…

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David Engstrøm

wave~particle

Only wave, only particle, either wave or particle, both wave and particle, wave changing to particle, particle changing to wave, between wave and particle, neither wave nor particle, beyond wave and particle…

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David Engstrøm

inphase~antiphase

Only inphase, only antiphase, either inphase or antiphase, both inphase and antiphase, inphase changing to antiphase, antiphase changing to inphase, between inphase and antiphase, neither inphase nor antiphase, beyond inphase and antiphase…

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David Engstrøm

signal~propagation

Only signal, only propagation, either signal or propagation, both signal and propagation, signal changing to propagation, propagation changing to signal, between signal and propagation, neither signal nor propagation, beyond signal and propagation…

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David Engstrøm

technology~innovation

Only technology, only innovation, either technology or innovation, both technology and innovation, technology changing to innovation, innovation changing to technology, between technology and innovation, neither technology nor innovation, beyond technology and innovation…

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David Engstrøm

dharma~makyo

Only dharma, only makyo, either dharma or makyo, both dharma and makyo, dharma changing to makyo, makyo changing to dharma, between dharma and makyo, neither dharma nor makyo, beyond dharma and makyo…

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David Engstrøm

sameness~difference

Only sameness, only difference, either sameness or difference, both sameness and difference, sameness changing to difference, difference changing to sameness, between sameness and difference, neither sameness nor difference, beyond sameness and difference…

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