The art of multidisciplinarity

The first post I wrote on a serious blog (I mean, a blog with a certain audience and periodic publications) was named Oyendo el color, viendo la música…spanish for Hearing the Colours, seeing the music… (you can click on both titles to read it in spanish or wait a bit for the english translation I will publish on this blog). This post was published on Seeds & Sprouts, the blog of a startup/educative project called MindingMinds which I founded with a friends of mine about a year ago.

MindingMinds

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In that post I explained the synesthesia phenomenon, in which the synesthete, due to an additional brain connection mix two stimuli that come from different stimulus receivers. That is mixing for instance the hearing and the sight, or the haptic perception with the smell. But, what does that mean? That means associating musical tunes with colours, phisic textures with flavours or scents. Wassily Kandinsky, for example, based the visual structure of its paintings in mellodies. Alexander Scriabin, one of the best composers in the history of music, wrote his masterpieces basing the musical structure on sensorial perception.

Kandinsky

However, I am not going to talk about synesthesia in this post. I want to talk about what makes me know the synesthesia phenomenon, what makes me know the existence of Alexander Scriabine or what makes me participate in projects such MindingMinds. I want to talk about what gives the title to this post: multidisciplinarity.

As the centuries have passed, man has been concerned toenlarge -almost compulsively- the Castle of Knowledge that has forgotten its origins, the foundation on which is building its megalithic construction.

This is an extract of the article I wrote. The most important goal of Hearing the Colours, seeing the music was not to explain extensively or scientifically the concept of synesthesia. The main aim was to remark the divergence knowledge-acquirement was adopting as developing path. Knowledge, science and art, is a same, unique thing. It deppends on who is sailing through it, but it has a subtle connection that time has blurred.

This subtle connection was well-known by ancient greeks, for instance. Knowledge is the way (doesn’t matter if its more subjective or objective) to answer the three Philosophical Questions: Who we are, where do we come from and where do we go. Poets, writers, musicians and artists are those in charge of capture the emotional restlessness that causes the existencial doubt. Philosophers are those who try to answer to this questions by a subjective way. And scientists are those in charge of answering them on a more objective and empirical way.

Minerva, Godess of intelligence

What I am trying to say is that knowledge is always connected. The different branches of it have a common origin. However, thirsty for results and answers, we have cut the connection between different disciplines. We have reached a level of specialization that makes us lose the general perspective of Knowledge, that makes us forget about the three main questions that we are trying to answer.

 

We have reached a point in which the different areas of knowledge have become completely extraneous one to each other. And, returning to synesthesia, the same goes for our sensorial perception: when we see something, we are so busy focusing on what we see, we neglect so cruelly other senses, we do not give them the chance to give us an answer to a stimulus that, although all the sensorial receivers capture it, we as a conscience, ignore it. Is this the way we want to take? ¿Do we have to dehumanize knowledge to reach infinity (or several infinities) or to turn back and realize common metaphysical origin that has everything we have built since man is able to reason?

¿Do we have to dehumanize knowledge to reach infinity (or several infinities) or to turn back and realize common metaphysical origin that has everything we have built since man is able to reason?

This is why I am looking forward the recovery of the connection between the different knowledge areas. This is why where I see a need, I start a new project. This is why I try to be fully conscious of our ignorance level and this is why I try to discover new paths to decrease our blindness. Welcome to my blog.

Hello there, I am Pol. This is the first “free” post of my blog. I have scheduled a bit what I am going to publish: on tuesday I am going to publish the Quote of the week, to spread a bit of wisdom! On thursday I am going to publish the TEDtalk of the week, before saying something you have to learn from others… On friday I am going to publish the Free Post, a weekly article in which I am going to talk a bit about what I founded more interesting during the transcurse of the week. And on sunday I am going to publish (alongside Seeds & Sprouts) my weekly post on MindingMinds

 

 

 

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