The behaviors of individuals, the behaviors of societies and the observation of changes in those behaviors in different scales of time are divided up into different disciplines to be studied by different academicians in different journals and research communities.

There are scientists that don’t believe in “unitary” theories or perspectives because unitary theories seek to remove the barriers between scales and/or time frames.  I don’t think these academics experience the world through a seamless progression of information gradating from discipline to discipline.  They live on an archipelago of knowledge springing from an unexamined ocean.

Next door lives a teenager practicing guitar.  He practices his riffs repeatedly, seeking a familiarity that prompts him to move on.  I am practicing merging ideas from different disciplines, encouraging my fingers to find various pathways between concepts that have not had much opportunity to mate.  Next door, the boy is becoming deft and drawing melodies from his instrument.  I am seeking ways to easily jump between biological scales and time frames.

In between the academic archipelagos that seek to sort and store the information about our world, I am building Tinker Toy bridges, hubs and nods that suggest a connection between these islands of understanding.  While passing between the islands while on these bridges, I sometimes observe marine wildlife.  They are difficult to describe.  There are places where language just does not work.

Still, above the water there are three primary melodies I’m playing with:  anthropology, evolutionary biology and neuropsychology.  There are a number of related disciplines such as primate studies, comparative religion and mythology, medicine, archeology, psychology and sociology.  But within the main three there are sub melodies.

Anthropology
Social Structure
Ethnicity
Female Infanticide

Evolutionary Biology
Heterochrony
Lamarckian Dynamics
Ontogeny
Sexual Selection

Neuropsychology
Testosterone and Estrogen
Uterine Environment
Medical Diseases
Mental and Neurological Conditions

I find myself moving the sub melodies away from their discipline of origin to another discipline, seeking ways to explain the riffs from inside a new environment.  Personally experiencing the breakdown of scale and time, I’m seeking to create opportunities for others to have the same experience.  For example….

Anthropology
Testosterone and Estrogen
Uterine Environment
Medical Diseases
Mental and Neurological Conditions

Evolutionary Biology
Social Structure
Ethnicity
Female Infanticide

Neuropsychology
Heterochrony
Lamarckian Dynamics
Ontogeny
Sexual Selection

…shifting the sub melodies down to a different discipline, I seek ways to make sense of concepts from the different scale and/or time.

This shuffling, this practicing of riffs continues until I feel a familiarity.  Then I try another way to move my fingers across the fret board, a new combination that will eventually feel routine.

On this pathway seeking to make novelty routine and the routine novel, interesting things happen.  I go swimming in surrounding waters.  I’m not aware of hearing anything while submerged.  Yet, while drying myself off after swimming, I hear music.  I can’t yet play it.  Yet, I continue to practice my scales and my sense of time.


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