October 18, 2013

Getting in Synch is Not Just About Listening

Here's some interesting research that could help us understand tai chi push hands: out-of-synch metronomes on a stable surface will stay out-of-synch, but if on a flexible surface will gradually synchronize. "Energy from the motion of one ticking metronome can affect the motion of every metronome around it, while the motion of every other metronome affects the motion of our original metronome right back. All this inter-metronome "communication" is facilitated by the board, which serves as an energetic intermediary between all the metronomes that rest upon its surface." Watch the video demonstration.