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.

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 Sciences at FAU in Boca Raton with eminent neuroscientist J. A. Scott Kelso and learning Coordination Dynamics.  From its inception applying its paradigm to anticipation~reaction transitions in human motor behavior, the scope of their work together took a surprising, fascinating departure from its original trajectory. Since about 1995, Engstrøm and Kelso have been developing a conceptual link between Coordination Dynamics and Complementary Pairs. Kelso and Engstrøm co-wrote their first book about their work, The Complementary Nature (MIT Press, 2006). Currently a sequel is in the works! Meanwhile, in 2010, Engstrøm met Croatian master artist Drazen Pavlovic online, Engstrøm taken with Pavlovic’s works, and Pavlovic resonating with ideas and concepts in  The Complementary Nature, and the two launched The Metastabilian Movement in 2011. Engstrøm is also a professional entertainer, singer, guitarist and songwriter who has played over 2000 live performances in 11 countries.

squigglecross~paradigm

Digital image by David Engstrøm. Visualization of prime ‘squigglecross’ in the metastabilian paradigm. TCN stands for The Complementary Nature, TSS stands for The Squiggle Sense, CP stands for Complementary Pairs (squiggles) and CD stands for Coordination Dynamics…

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…

order~chaos

order itself, chaos itself, either order or chaos, both order and chaos, order changing to chaos, chaos changing to order, between order and chaos, beyond order and chaos…

actual~virtual

Only actual, only virtual, either actual or virtual, both actual and virtual, actual changing to virtual, virtual changing to actual, between actual and virtual, neither actual nor virtual, beyond actual and virtual…

curiosity~imagination

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…