Here’s a collection of some interesting materials that we used in the ∞OS activation program hosted in Berlin in March 2019.
This slideshow was used in the workshop and contains the main ideas from the session with images and references.
Evolution of a Cell:
Nice movement physicality that we also try to cultivate with ∞OS…
Notice how immobility makes people much more vulnerable in unexpected situations. When they move, the chances to avoid / respond are much higher. Also, very hard to predict that something will happen, so it’s important to learn how to receive.
Our Interview with Mayor Komarov (Systema practitioner based in Voronezh, Russia)
The importance of physical practice for learning:
Pain as a training device:
More in our interviews with Mayor Komarov in this playlist
∞OS Drills and Procedures
Assimilation > Redirection:
Getting out from a difficult situation (modularity):
More videos in this ∞OS Playlist
Natural Movement / Our Interview with Imre Thormann (Noguchi Taiso & Butoh Dancer)
Spirals and Waves in the Body:
Dance and the Inner Beauty:
More interviews with Imre Thormann in our interview on YouTube
The last page of the slideshow has many different references. Here are my favorite papers from the bunch with the links to PDFs. Feel free to add yours!
A great paper on robustness and resilience (about modularity etc.)
- Kitano, H. (2004). Biological robustness. Nature Reviews. Genetics, 5(11), 826–37
A more or less simple explanation of scale-free phenomena (1/f “pink” noise or chaos):
- Bak, P., Tang, C., & Wiesenfeld, K. (1987). Self-organized criticality: An explanation of the 1/ f noise. Physical Review Letters, 59(4), 381–384.
Two papers on how our body naturally moves in 1/f “pink” noise fractal chaotic pattern:
- D’Mello, S., Dale, R., & Graesser, A. (2011). Disequilibrium in the mind, disharmony in the body. Cognition & Emotion, 00(00), 1–13.
- Yamada, N. (1995). Posture as a Dynamic Stable State of a Body. Research and Clinical Center for Child Development.
Chaotic “fractal” dynamics in robots and movement:
- Matthey, L., Righetti, L., & Ijspeert, A. J. (2008). Experimental study of limit cycle and chaotic controllers for the locomotion of centipede robots. In 2008 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (pp. 1860–1865). Nice: IEEE.
Very interesting work on nonlinearity of the brain, psychology and perception:
- Rabinovich, M. I., Huerta, R., Varona, P., & Afraimovich, V. S. (2008). Transient cognitive dynamics, metastability, and decision making. PLoS Computational Biology, 4(5)
- Bystritsky, a, Nierenberg, a a, Feusner, J. D., & Rabinovich, M. (2012). Computational non-linear dynamical psychiatry: A new methodological paradigm for diagnosis and course of illness. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 46(4), 428–435.
Plus my own research on the subject:
- Paranyushkin D (2012). Metastability of Cognition in the Body-Environment Network. Nodus Labs
These are two very good books, especially the Gregory Bateson one.
Gregory Bateson is talking about ecological patterns of interaction using the example of societies, tribes and groups
- Steps to an Ecology of Mind, Gregory Bateson
On venture fiction, cognitive stimulants and body-mind operating systems
- Special Agent’s Manual (preview)
Photos by Nailya Bikmurzina