I have no doubt that you will learn things about
The Body, Physics, Cosmology, and The Psyche
just by playing with Troposcope and by paying attention to your own insights and curiosity. As this blog develops, I’ll add posts regularly and deal with each of these subjects in more detail. Here’s a glimpse of subjects to come.
There really is a best way to hold Troposcope, and a best way to whirl the pendulums. This has to do with human anatomy and the relative ease we all have with one movement versus another. Consider tennis or ping pong. How much easier is it to make a forehand stroke than a backhand stroke? Which are stronger: the muscles of the inner forearm; or those of the outer forearm? Which are more likely to tire quickly with the repetitive motion which Troposcope requires?
Beyond basic anatomy there is the question of proprioception which refers to your awareness of your body in space. With Troposcope this is very important, as you must develop awareness not only of the position of your operating hand and the safest distance from your face, but also of the relative positions of the various pendulums. Can one really be aware of the position of each pendulum individually? Yes! Not only will you become aware of their positions, but your ability to see them independently will grow as you progress. This is one of the most fascinating things I’ve noticed. I really see them better when I use the Troposcope with my dominant, left hand than when I use my right. My ability to see them when I use my unpracticed right hand is still about on the level of the left when I began. Only practice can account for this, but greater visual acuity? That was a surprise to me.
It’s completely possible to learn to use Troposcope without understanding a thing about the physics invloved. I know, because I did it. When the experiment that first grew into Troposcope first took place, I didn’t know what was was going on. Only through years of practice and some reading have I come to the understanding of gyroscopic precession that I have now.
Posts to come will elaborate on what’s going on here, and will rely on qualitative rather than quantitative physics to get us there. No calculations here! Expect inertia, all sorts of momentum, velocity, speed, all sorts of acceleration, torque, vectors, g-force, etc. Oh, and entropy…lots of entropy!
“It’s an atom. No, wait, it’s a solar system, a cosmos!” Or so say some people when they see Troposcope for the first time. Troposcope is a perfect entry point into the concepts of microcosm and macrocosm. Here microcosm is used in the sense of a smaller system encapsulating elements of a larger whole, and macrocosm in the sense of the universe or cosmos as a larger representation of smaller structures.
There’s a lot to cover here, so come back from time to time to see what’s going on.
What is it about the shapes of a Troposcope in motion that we find so captivating? Why is it that as far back as our earliest scratchings on bone and rock we have included concentric circles and overlapping circles in our artwork? We’ll explore the significance of these forms.
Why have we been focused as a species on finding our place in the universe? We’re already here, right? What of the role of intuition in scientific discovery?
What’s up with that feeling so many Troposcope newbies describe, and why do we keep trying to get this thing to work? It has to do with movement, with meditation, and with mindfulness, but more than that, I think it has to do with a whole brain/body activity, and I’ll be blogging about that quite a bit.