Newer science of coordination, named, pioneered and developed by eminent neuroscientist J. A. Scott Kelso. CD—a mathematically expression 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) tend to partition things, events, and ideas into pairs. Experiments show that the human brain is capable of displaying two apparently contradictory, mutually exclusive behaviors at the same time. Such 'metastability' has been studied deeply, and now provides a clear-cut methodology for this evolving theory of brain~behavior that can be applied to areas and developments outside the neurosciences. It has the potential to aide the discovery and application of reconciliations within~between disparate fields.


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? Throughout history, many have recognized that truth may actually lie in between such polar opposites. In their book on the subject, J. A. Scott Kelso and David Engstrøm contend that 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 tilde, or 'squiggle' (~), as symbolic of the complementary nature of complementary aspects.


Co-founder of The Metastabilian Movement. Artist ~ Scientist, Musician, Writer and 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. Engstrøm co-wrote a book on this subject with eminent neuroscientit J. A. Scott Kelso called The Complementary Nature (MIT Press, 2006).


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 leads 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...


Owner~operator of Atelier Pavlovich in 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). Organizes produces and participates in art-based humanitarian actions and performance art installations.


"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."


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 Squiggle Sign

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