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). It presents a novel philosophy of complementary pairs grounded in the science of coordination called Coordination Dynamics. It also introduces 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 introduces the The Squiggle Sense to mean a psychological sixth sense of The Complementary Nature.

THE METASTABILIAN MOVEMENT

What would you do if you learned new information about the human brain~mind, relevant and useful to everyone, (and so to you), in all fields and levels of human interest and endeavor, that led you to a vast new frontier for creativity and inspiration? 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 Metastabiliansseek to awaken, explore, inspire and engage in their creative pursuits.

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.

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

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 history, 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 nominate the squiggle sign (~), as the symbolic punctuation for reconciled complementary pairs. Experiments show that the human brain is capable of displaying two apparently contradictory, mutually exclusive behaviors at the same time. Kelso and Engstrøm's thesis is not just metaphorical; the reconciliations they describe 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 also be applied to areas and developments outside the neurosciences, hence aiding reconciliations within and between disparate fields.

Welcome to Metastabilion...

Drazen Pavlovic

anticipation~reaction

Only anticipation, only reaction, either anticipation or reaction, both anticipation and reaction, anticipation changing to reaction, reaction changing to anticipation, between anticipation and reaction, neither anticipation nor reaction, beyond anticipation and reaction..

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…

David Engstrøm

C~G, A~T

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

Drazen Pavlovic

physics~metaphysics

SPHERE PM (physics~metaphysics) oil on canvas 60x70cm, by Drazen-Pavlovic, MMXVII.

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…

David Engstrøm

squiggle~muse

LKE Squiggle symbol~icon polishing muse, laquered wood, 12cm x 2cm, by David Engstøm, 2016. Meditation, zazen, hand exercizer…”

Drazen Pavlovic

departure~arrival

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

Drazen Pavlovic

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…

Drazen Pavlovic

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…

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…

David Engstrøm

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…

David Engstrøm

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…

David Engstrøm

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

David Engstrøm

potential~kinetic

Only potential, only kinetic, either potential or kinetic, both potential and kinetic, potential changing to kinetic, kinetic changing to potential, between potential and kinetic, neither potential nor kinetic, beyond potential and kinetic…

David Engstrøm

left~right

Only left, only right, either left or right, both left and right, left changing to right, right changing to left, between left and right, neither left nor right, beyond left and right…

David Engstrøm

future~past

Only future, only past, either future or past, both future and past, future changing to past, past changing to future, between future and past, neither future nor past, beyond future and past…

David Engstrøm

human~alien

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

David Engstrøm

yogasana~pranayama

Only yogasana, only pranayama, either yogasana orpranayama, both yogasana and pranayama, yogasana changing to pranayama, pranayama changing to yogasana, between yogasana and pranayama, neither yogasana nor pranayama, beyond yogasana and pranayama

David Engstrøm

mythos~logos

Only mythos, only logos, either mythos or logos, both mythos and logos, mythos changing to logos, logos changing to mythos, between mythos and logos, neither mythos nor logos, beyond mythos and logos…

David Engstrøm

TCN~CD

Only The Complementary Nature (TCN), only Coordination Dynamics (CD), either TCN or CD, both TCN and CD, TCN changing to CD, CD changing to TCN, between TCN and CD, neither TCN nor CD, beyond TCN and CD…

David Engstrøm

curiosity~enlightenment

Only curiosity, only enlightenment, either curiosity or enlightenment, both curiosity and enlightenment, curiosity changing to enlightenment, enlightenment changing to curiosity, between curiosity and enlightenment, neither curiosity nor enlightenment, beyond curiosity and enlightenment…

David Engstrøm

alchemy~transmutation

Only alchemy, only transmutation, either alchemy or transmutation, both alchemy and transmutation, alchemy changing to transmutation, transmutation changing to alchemy, between alchemy and transmutation, neither alchemy nor transmutation, beyond alchemy and transmutation…

David Engstrøm

regeneration~renewal

Only regeneration, only renewal, either regeneration or renewal, both regeneration and renewal, regeneration changing to renewal, renewal changing to regeneration, between regeneration and renewal, neither regeneration nor renewal, beyond regeneration and renewal…

David Engstrøm

local~nonlocal

Only local, only nonlocal, either local or nonlocal, both local and nonlocal, local changing to nonlocal, nonlocal changing to local, between local and nonlocal, neither local nor nonlocal, beyond local and nonlocal…

David Engstrøm

surfers~surfing

Only surfers, only surfing, either surfers or surfing, both surfers and surfing, surfers changing to surfing, surfing changing to surfer, between surfer and surfing, neither surfers nor surfing, beyond surfers and surfing…

David Engstrøm

beginning~ending

Only beginning, only ending, either beginning or ending, both beginning and ending, beginning changing to ending, ending changing to beginning, between beginning and ending, neither beginning nor ending, beyond beginning and ending…

David Engstrøm

CD~levels

Only coordination dynamics, Only levels, either coordination dynamics or levels, both coordination dynamics and levels, coordination dynamics changing to levels, levels changing to coordination dynamics, between coordination dynamics and levels, neither coordination dynamics nor levels, beyond coordination dynamics and levels…