Theory Story

July 13, 2009 | 5 Comments

Category: Art, Myth/Story

I wrestle with ways to communicate my theory of human evolution.  It is necessary I translate a non-narrative paradigm into a narrative format.  Human beings happen to experience the world narratively.  This seems a result of two related developments.  The first is our having developed language as a function of the narrative art forms dance and song (part of my hypothesis).  The second is a result of our having evolved split consciousness, which allows an ability to manifest imagination, which is an exercise involving being two places at once, two times at once, with an ability to consider what does not exist.

Narrative is essential when communicating with humans.  If a species from another planet only communicated in fashions characterized by simultaneity and sent us a string of signals designed to be aggregated into a single piece, we’d probably have no idea how to begin to interpret the communication.  For example, maybe Martians communicate in a form like an abstract painting, embedding deep and thoughtful messages in color variation, location, contrast, intensity, size, framing conventions and context.  We’d be clueless.

Narrative communication is a human convention.  We are a species obsessed with time.  It is difficult considering language without time.

Consider that theorists usually don’t receive all in one piece the theory they seek to share.  The concept evolves over time, gathering momentum as pieces fit together, acquiring character as various bits of information accumulate to support the possibilities.  Sometimes the stories behind theories are presented along with the theory itself, but usually that is only when the theory has become well known.

Consider that the story of how a theory comes together may hold a deeper power to evoke an understanding of the theory structure than the final abbreviation most of us are exposed to.  In other words, perhaps it would be easier to understand and intuit a theory if we were familiar with the details of how it came to be.

In art there is often an obsession with the artist. Those with a passion for art often seek insight into the product by becoming intimate with the processes of the creator.  Regarding science, consider that the creation of the theorist reflects an observable and recordable personal experience that offers a deeper underlying understanding of the theory.

Of course, there is a thriving science biographer business, but I am talking about something slightly different.  Consider that science theories be presented in a context that offers insight into the process that made the theory.

There is a cottage industry of Darwin biographers that seek to understand how exactly it was that that particular man at that unique time exposed to specific influences resulted in his theory of natural selection.  Adam Smith, Malthus, the Galapagos finches, Lyell’s geology and other factors all combined to evoke the theory.  Fascinated by evolution and evolution theories, I am also drawn to the contexts that create the theories.

Familiar with a detailed step-by-step narrative of how a theory came about, we might be able to anticipate results.  Exposed to numerous examples of these personal evolutions of understanding, perhaps we could be taught the structure of insight along with the structure of the discipline being explored.

I carry with me the belief that portions of the theory communicated on this website will, at some point, be considered useful.  If that proves to be the case, as an amateur with a training and background in art, I am curious to know if the context of the theory’s formation offers an ability to inform how a theory can be created.  Over the last year my conjectures have unfolded narratively, insights emerging on screen as they form, informed by the conditions of my life.  I want to know how process informs production.

Consider that the blog format or journal, like narrative communication, offers visitors context potentially revealing process integral to insight.  Noting that though this is a narrative format, it is deeply integrated into a vast associational web or network allowing an ability to influence and be influenced efficiently over great distances.

It is possible that an ability to utilize narrative forms to discover the underlying dynamics of an idea can only become possible with an associational matrix to provide perspective.  Not unlike the Martian painting, the web offers an ability to intuit a massive amount of information in something like an associational simultaneous medium.  The web is not only a narrative medium.  Yes, it moves through time.  Yet, the web offers a simultaneous experience characterized by massive associational interaction.

Perhaps that simultaneity will offer us the leverage to experience and revere the power of the story behind a theory to really reveal what a theory is all about.


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  1. Peter Miskelly on July 14, 2009 4:18 am

    surely every theory is the result of an intuitive leap, connecting previously unconnected areas or creating a new area of knowledge; anything less than this is just a rule?

  2. Louise on July 19, 2016 9:39 pm

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