The Science of Interconnectedness: PART I — THE BODY AS A TEMPLATE FOR THE WORLD

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Source: Nelson, R. D. (2002). Coherent consciousness and reduced randomness: Correlations on September 11, 2001. Journal of Scientific Exploration, 16(4), 549–570.
Source: Nelson, R. D. (2002). Coherent consciousness and reduced randomness: Correlations on September 11, 2001. Journal of Scientific Exploration, 16(4), 549–570.

Interconnectedness in the Body

When I was 12 years old I began experiencing terrible stomachaches. Nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness, and sweating plagued my body almost daily. I was confused, scared, and oftentimes embarrassed: at meals with family and friends, I would abruptly jettison from my seat as if my dinner plate was about to explode. I found safety and comfort in the bathroom; bathrooms offered a space to contend with my mysterious symptoms, quickly becoming a safe and reliable ally during this period of my life. It’s a sad image to digest, yes, but if your reaction is tinged with a bit of humor, you are not alone: my friends found it quite hilarious, too, the time lunch exited both ends (simultaneously) in the Burger King bathroom, their pubescent voices crackling with some mixture of laughter and genuine concern. I eventually found this quite funny, as well.

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Complex Systems (Hop on the Magic School Bus)

A complex system is an integrated whole made up of interrelated, interdependent parts, where each part can only be understood in relation to every other part and the entire whole.

References

Nelson R.D. Quoted in: Kiger PJ. 9/11 and Global Consciousness. Nationalgeographic.org. https://blog.nationalgeographic.org/2011/09/06/911-and-global-consciousness. 6 September 2011. Accessed 14 June 2021.

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Clinical Psychologist. Clinical Assistant Professor @ USC. Founder/CEO of The Middle Way. Writing on interconnectedness and compassion in self and society.

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Matthew S. Goodman, Ph.D.

Matthew S. Goodman, Ph.D.

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Clinical Psychologist. Clinical Assistant Professor @ USC. Founder/CEO of The Middle Way. Writing on interconnectedness and compassion in self and society.