Seeking a Pathway

November 27, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Category: Art

The introduction to the theory discussed on this site is “Introduction to the Theory of Waves.”  It’s been viewed over a thousand times.  I’ve received feedback from perhaps 30 academics.  Most find it too condensed a presentation of unfamiliar material to convince them that it represents something useful.  So, I’m playing with the idea of another introduction, one that is less dense and more playful.  Only, it’s evolved from an introduction to a book.  It’s almost 100 pages.

Those folks reading this entry who have been more or less following along on this blog journey, please tell me in the comments below which parts of this thesis you’ve found most interesting.  What I’m thinking at this point is that a new introduction would begin with the last big piece that fell into place, the discovery that estrogen may be what manages the timing of maturation.  That seemed to communicate fairly well when I wrote people this piece.

Consider this as a sequence of themes or subjects in an introduction:

The trick is to find a way to take a step-by-step narrative path through an experience that implies a global gestalt understanding of a whole.  I find myself, for example, trying to explain the connection between biological and social heterochrony by bringing in sexual selection when that has not yet been explained.  Or, I find myself avoiding describing how sexual selection or environmental influences impact social change in adults before explaining how the same dynamic works inside the womb.  In my mind and body, all these various features of evolution connect; they are the same process manifesting in different scales and different disciplines.  Taking the experience of evolution out of my body/mind and putting it into a narration of words that tells a story is remarkably difficult.  I’ve been wrestling with this for almost a year.

Writing a blog, sharing sections of the thesis over time, has felt fun and easy.

If there are folks reading this that feel to some degree that what they’ve been reading this last year and a half makes sense, tell me in your comments how this makes sense.  Perhaps your particular narrative pathway will help me walk mine.


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