Alright, so phenomena (fəˈnämənə) seem to form the basis for all knowledge. Or perhaps all disciplines begin with phenomena: the scientific method by observation; philosophical inquiry by reflection; psychological analysis by representation; sociological investigation by construction, etc. Yet all these only capture components of reality, the big picture.
I believe it is more realistic to study a topic from more than one perspective in order to completely comprehend it – this way knowledge can progress toward “becoming more whole” – a function more than the sum of its parts, because it links us all. However, as with everything, an interdisciplinary lens has a trade-off. It impairs confidence and decision-making, the reverse of ‘ignorance is bliss’ and “why experts lose the imagination and creativity of the less informed.” (Becker, G. The Gift of Fear, 27.) This is why I’ve dedicated this blog to prevent deterioration of necessary skills, especially as I navigate this odd transition between childhood and adulthood.
It may mean nothing but it is a pattern I keep encountering as I finish my degree, so I created a term for it: the 7-rule. It is a phenomenon that describes how the body has a “mind-of-its-own” because the conscious part of the brain takes about 7 seconds to “catch up” with subconscious decisions. The 7 breaths-per-minute is the rate that synchronizes cardiac activity for adequate brain oxygenation – that rate is the same speed an average wave breaks shore. The last is that the body “refreshes” its cells every 7 years, about the same duration it takes for a client to adjust to a suddenly acquired physical disability (from a professor).
So it may mean something or nothing but I just haven’t figured it out yet.