From survival to symbiosis: breaking the standard narrative and mindset

A (living) short course on interdependent practices

Interdependence is a practice where we expose seemingly independent things as interdependent relationships through deeper investigation and analysis.

Evolution cannot explain remarkable symbiotic relationships between species. Here a whale shark patiently waits while yellow-and-black pilot fish swim in and out of its mouth — cleaning its teeth! Source
Five metronomes are set to 176 bpm and placed on a Foam Core board. When empty cans are placed underneath, the board is free to move from side to side and the metronomes are able to influence each other into synchronization. When the cans are removed the metronomes are no longer physically coupled and some of them begin to fall out of step. Source

Going from understanding to experiencing to practicing interdependence can lead to far-reaching behavior change. It gives us mindful insight into the impact we have on others and our environment, and acts as a guide to our future decisions. It involves a change in mindset and practice from

Competition → cooperation

Ego mind → Ecomind

Survival → symbiosis

About this Short Course

It is in interactions that we draw the world.

Carlo Rovelli, Theoretical Physicist

Imagine a multidimensional spider’s web in the early morning covered with dew drops. And every dew drop contains the reflection of all the other dew drops. And, in each reflected dew drop, the reflections of all the other dew drops in that reflection. And so ad infinitum. That is the Buddhist conception of the universe in an image. Alan Watts (2011)

Chapter 1: From Eastern Philosophy

Chapter 2: From Science

According to our best theories of physics, the fundamental building blocks of matter are not particles, but continuous fluid-like substances known as ‘quantum fields’. David Tong explains what we know about these fields, and how they fit into our understanding of the Universe. Source

Chapter 3: From Systems Change

Emergent Strategy is radical self-help, society-help, and planet-help designed to shape the futures we want to live. Change is constant. Rather than steel ourselves against such change, this book invites us to feel, map, assess, and learn from the swirling patterns around us in order to better understand and influence them as they happen. Source

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Creating courses & curricula and mentoring high school students (astronomy, physics, theory of knowledge, learning how to learn, scientific communication)