Epochs of Consciousness

September 28th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

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The origin of consciousness is one of many unsolved questions in neuroscience. There are ongoing controversies concerning how, visit where, medical when, and what kind of consciousness has arisen in organisms over 3.5 billion years of life on Earth.

Epochs of Consciousness outlines 7 different kinds of awareness that have evolved in a variety of creatures at different times, ranging from preconsciousness to superconciousness, including consciousness, primate consciousness, late hominid consciousness, self-consciousness and communal consciousness. The text also includes a detailed list of characteristics that define each category of consciousness, and an accompanying timeline.

The specific dates associated with each form of consciousness are broadly represented, and are clearly open to discussion.

Epochs of Consciousness was originally written as a performance text, and was first presented in Boston in 1997. The reading of the text to an audience was accompanied by an informal explanation, paraphrasing, and repetition of ideas emphasized within the text. A lively discussion followed the complete reading of the text.

We wish to acknowledge members of Nature and Inquiry for their tireless discussions with us on the subject of consciousness. We have incorporated many of their suggestions.

John Holland and Amy Robinson

To view the text: Epochs of Consciousness

photo credit: The Daily Galaxy

Acoustic Wave Spectrum

September 19th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

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The Acoustic Wave Spectrum is a poster-size artist’s edition of the first comprehensive acoustic wave chart. The 30×22 full color poster combines text and graphic symbols to represent the complete catalog of acoustic waves.

Sound waves propagate in a variety of media, including gas, liquids, organic and inorganic solids, in plasmas and superconductors, and in interplanetary, interstellar, and intergalactic media. Sound waves range in frequency from billions of cycles per second to a single cycle within a period of years. Human hearing is only a small fraction of the frequency range of the full acoustic wave spectrum.

Various generic waveforms are graphically represented by the symbols in the Acoustic Wave Spectrum. These waves propagate in a variety of media at different speeds, and have different vibrational characteristics depending on their source. They include traveling waves, standing waves, internal waves, surface waves, trapped waves, thermal waves, shock waves, and plasma waves. There is a legend at the bottom of the chart that correlates the symbols with the various waves.

In addition there is an information booklet that accompanies the Acoustic Wave Spectrum. This booklet describes sound waves, sound sources, and each of the generic waves that are represented on the chart.

The poster-size artist’s edition of the Acoustic Wave Spectrum is available at a cost of $49.99 plus postage and handling, through Spectrum Music (781-862-0088).

John Holland, Acoustic Wave Spectrum
Amy Robinson, Graphic Symbols

Acoustic Wave Spectrum.pdf

Information Booklet

The Violin Player

September 17th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

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The Violin Player was originally created as a performance text, cheapest to be spoken aloud.

The substance of the text is concerned with the nature of performance, the history and language of music, acoustics, musicianship, the evolution of music, and sound perception.

The Violin Player was first presented in 1991 at Vanderbilt Hall, Harvard University.

John Holland

View the text:  The Violin Player

photo credit: Christian Gaser

A Walk in the Park

November 14th, 2007 § 0 comments § permalink

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A Walk in the Park was written as a performance text to be spoken aloud between the presentation of five recorded and/or ‘live’ musical pieces. The most recent performance was presented Nov. 9th, 2007 at the Pozen Center in Boston as part of an international Art and Environment Symposium sponsored by the K2 Family Foundation. There are four sections of spoken text. Electronic music (A Common Ancestor) was presented between each of the spoken sections. Two Interludes for Speaking Voice, Violin and Piano and Haiku for Speaking Voice and Violin were performed ‘live’ at the beginning and end of the program, respectively.

The content of the text reflects aspects of culture, science, and the environment.

John Holland

View Text:  A Walk in the Park

photo credit: Rick Harris

Happiness

October 11th, 2007 § 0 comments § permalink

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There are recent studies (this century) that tackle subjects such as love (Why We Love, ampoule Helen Fisher), stomach music (This is Your Brain on Music, malady Daniel Levitin), etc. from a rational, objective point of view. Rigorous analysis of these classic subjects is thought to be off limits because of their subjective nature. So after much discussion about the nature of happiness with members of Nature and Inquiry, I have decided to weigh-in on this fascinating and popular subject.

John Holland

Here is the text:  Happiness

photo credit: eliahaj.blogspot.com

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