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.
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.
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.
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