“Humans may crave absolute certainty; they may aspire to it; they may pretend, as partisans of certain religions do, to have attained it. But the history of science–by far the most successful claim to knowledge accessible to humans–teaches that the most we can hope for is successive improvement in our understanding, learning from our mistakes, an asymptomatic approach to the universe, but with the proviso that absolute certainty will always elude us.”
– Carl Sagan, A Demon-Haunted World
This is my blog. I’m interested in movement. I’m especially interested in moving pain-free because, well, I’m often in pain.
I do my best to think about movement in a scientific way. I personally view science non-technically. Instead of deifying science as a body of knowledge (destination-oriented), I view it as a process of figuring things out (voyage-oriented).
This process of figuring things out doesn’t come naturally to anyone. Pattern recognition does, though. Humans continually find patterns in random noise, imbue the patterns with meaning, and default truth to these meaningful patterns (as opposed to assuming the null hypothesis) whether they’re true or not. To me, science is a systematic but messy, non-linear, and loooong voyage in determining which patterns we find in the world are DEFINITELY bull and which are PROBABLY not.
Think of this blog as a notebook that highlights the complexity of movement in a simplified manner.
With that said, there will be some uncertainty. But that’s okay.
Instead of emotionally investing into specific conclusions, I want to emotionally invest into the process of how I get to a specific conclusion.
When I’m successful in emotionally investing into the process of why I believe something instead of in the actual conclusions themselves, I experience much less cognitive dissonance when I’m wrong.
[Me, brooding, as Ygritte tells me I know nothing.]
I instead experience cognitive dissonance when I don’t THINK. This makes it much easier for me to come to terms with being wrong. And, that’s good… because I’m wrong a lot. It also makes it easier to deal with uncertainty.
This notebook is essentially just a tool to help me think. I don’t really think I have many answers to any big questions.
With that said, this blog isn’t meant to be a comprehensive resource by any means. Most of the content on this blog is NOT original. Great material has been written by intelligent educators, coaches, clinicians, and academics. I defer to them often because, well, I’m not that clever.
Last, I won’t try to sell you anything. I hate that.