DAVID ENGSTRØM Metastabilian Artist~Scientist Co-founder of The Metastabilian Movement. Artist~Scientist, Musician, Writer and Muse. Ph.D. Neuropharmacology, UCHSC, Denver. In 1991 Engstrøm began working at the Center for Complex Systems and Brain
The Metastabilian Movement (TMM) was co-founded in 2011 by artist~scientist David Engstrøm and artist~painter Drazen Pavlovic. The movement is grounded in the science Coordination Dynamics pioneered by eminent neuroscientist J. A. Scott Kelso, and the philosophy of complementary pairs described in Kelso and Engstrøm’s book, “The Complementary Nature” (MIT Press 2006). Metastabilian artists explore, employ an express their works via compelling, valuable new information about the human brain~mind. But TMM isn’t only an art movement. Awakening~wielding the squiggle sense is a birthright of metastable~complementary sentience itself, and so is relevant to all field~levels of human interest and endeavor. This awareness~pursuit leads to a vast and mostly uncharted frontier for creativity~inspiration…
“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.
“Symbolizes the complementary nature of complementary aspects as well as indicating that coordination dynamics is relevant to descriptions of this complementarity.”
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.
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.
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.
“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 vs. collective, body vs. mind, nature vs. nurture, cooperation vs. competition? 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 symbolic punctuation for reconciled complementary pairs, reconciliations grounded in the science of coordination called Coordination Dynamics. The book provides a methodology for this evolving theory of brain~behavior applicable to any field and level, with potential to inspire successful reconciliations within~between disparate fields.
THE SQUIGGLE QUEST
May the Squiggle be with you…