The Complementary Nature / Edition 1

The Complementary Nature / Edition 1

by J. A. Scott Kelso
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262612224

ISBN-13: 9780262612227

Pub. Date: 03/31/2008

Publisher: MIT Press

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, self~other, body~mind,nature~nurture, cooperation~competition? Throughout history, many have recognized that truth may well lie in between such polar opposites.

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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, self~other, body~mind,nature~nurture, cooperation~competition? Throughout history, many have recognized that truth may well lie in between such polar opposites. In The Complementary Nature, 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 tilde, or squiggle (~), 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. Coordination dynamics — a mathematically expressed 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, Kelso and Engstrøm argue, why we (and nature) appear to partition things, events, and ideas into pairs. Kelso and Engstrøm's account 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 and behavior that can also be applied to areas and developments outside the neurosciences, hence aiding reconciliations within and between disparate fields.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262612227
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
03/31/2008
Series:
Bradford Books Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Movement 1Complementary pairs17
Movement 2Coordination dynamics77
Movement 3Complementary pair-coordination dynamics183
Complementary pair collections by fields of endeavor257
The complementary pair dictionary prototype263

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