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If you missed some our previous BiotensegriTea Parties, you can catch them on our YouTube channel.
Here's our first BiotensgriTea Party, and here's one on New Frontiers in Biotensegrity.
For a more systematic and comprehensive dive in the world of biotensegrity, follow the 6 steps in our BX 101: Beginning Biotensegrity self-study survey course, a free resource for those interested in learning more about biotensegrity, available for download here:
What is biotensegrity?
A quick and accessible answer:
The good people of the health and wellness resource Atlasbalans in Sweden have created this wonderful video drawing presentation of biotensegrity in a nutshell.
A longer answer:
Consistent with an understanding of biologic life as an evolutionary and developmental continuum of dynamic functional structure, biotensegrity posits tensegrity architecture as a fundamental of biology: biotensegrity. This applies "from viruses to vertebrates" (Levin, 1980).
Specifically, the endoskeletal tensegrity icosahedron is regarded as the archetypal structure, emerging in response to the forces organisms must manage optimally in order to be successful, iterating throughout a nested continuum of heterarchical structural levels. Biotensegrity is a system science, and therefore includes an understanding of complexity, including emergent properties, synergies, soft matter physics, non-linearities, chaos, fractals, small world networks, self-organization, strange attractors and complex adaptive systems.
Biotensegrity is the name Stephen M. Levin, MD, has given to his concept of biologic structure. Because it is a branch of science, Dr. Levin has clarified that the term should appear with lower case letters (just as "biology" and "chemistry" do), and be spelled and written, "biotensegrity." Biotensegrity it is not a proper noun, and should not appear as a trade name; it is always written without capital letters and without hyphens.
What are the implications?
Tensegrity structures have unique qualities and manifest force management responses which are unlike those found in conventional continuous compression structures. If biologic organisms are structurally more akin to tensegrities, all scientific conclusions and practices (medical, biomechanical, environmental, etc) founded on the assumption that biologic life follows the structural mechanics of linear machine models and continuous compression structures would bear re-examination in the light of the new paradigm.
Want to learn more?
You'll need to make or get a tensegrity model for any of this to make sense. Once you have your own tensegrity…
Start Here: The best place to start learning about biotensegrity is Dr. Levin's website, biotensegrity.com
As originator of the concept, and with more than forty years of dedicated research and development of the model, Dr. Stephen M. Levin is the global authority on biotensegrity. Dr. Levin's presentations, articles and book contributions are the primary sources for the study of biotensegrity.
A short presentation on biotensegrity from Dr. Levin to the Matrix Repatterning community can be seen here on YouTube.
Dr. Levin and Tom Flemons discuss tensegrity models here.
Brooke Thomas' interview with Dr. Levin for her Liberated Body podcast is here.
Step 2: Graham Scarr, Danièle-Claude Martin and Susan Lowell de Solórzano have each worked closely with Steve Levin over a period of several years, and each has written an excellent and reliable book on biotensegrity. Consider these books essential if you are a serious student of biotensegrity.
Graham Scarr's Biotensegrity: The Structural Basis of Life, from Handspring Publishing is available through Amazon. Graham's website, Tensegrity in Biology is also very highly recommended. The links on the home page are extensive and well-curated, and the References page lists over one hundred scientific publications, representing a handful of the thousands of references to tensegrity in biology / biotensegrity now available in the literature.
Danièle-Claude Martin's Living Biotensegrity: Interplay of Tension and Compression in the Body from Kiener Press, is also available through Amazon. Martin's book is very different from Scarr's, and the two complement each other nicely. Where Scarr's book articulates the broad scope of biotensegrity, which applies to all living organisms, Martin's focuses more on applying biotensegrity to an understanding of our own human bodies.
Susan Lowell de Solórzano's Everything Moves: how biotensegrity informs human movement is available from Handspring Publishing and from Amazon.
Biotensegrity is part of systems science, complexity science and systems biology. Although not directly about biotensegrity, we highly recommend reviewing the free online videos that Systems Solutions Lab provides through its Complexity Academy.
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