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About Mike Smith Research


It's surprising the amount of things that become difficult when they become 'a thing'. Yawning, sleeping, eating, going to the toilet... As soon as they become 'a thing' i.e. something you notice that you're doing, or you want to do better, they suddenly become very difficult.


It is also interesting. It reveals to us that human consciousness can on occasion be its own worst enemy. In many ways, Faust's bargain leaves us in a loop of over production of saliva and the obsessive swallowing of it. Hell wears many capes.

The question is, how many? Do we clumsily upset functioning systems to our detriment in many more ways than we currently understand? If it can be established that we do there might be much benefit in developing this area of investigation.




We are talking here of extended systems science, but for the purposes of cognitive economy I decided 'flowology' . It seems to me that many systems have a natural flow that is best left to flow.   

But don't go too far

A note of caution: we shouldn't make the mistake of trying to totalise flowology into an all-encompassing theory of human experience. It should only go so far. Don't be a dick; don't be a dolt. The science might be helpful, and helpful in many surprising areas. It is not a religion and not something for anyone to organise their whole lives around. It is something to bear in mind, to consider, and to test whether it might have some application. 





Forrest Kinney who first conceived the notion of 'flowology' (in the context of piano playing) teaches piano teachers how best to teach piano.




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