Trans-Evolutionary Fitness is a journalistic activity of Ken O’Neill, a voice for his Kokoro Institute enterprise.
Joseph Royce’s late 1960s publication The Encapsulated Man bode well with me – in our age of ever growing specializations effectively compartmentalizing knowledge so effectively as to fragment what’s known – Royce underscored the need for generalists. While admitting the ever present danger of ‘the Devil’s in the detail,’ the way of the generalist has held greatest vitality for my ever inquiring mind. Multi-disciplinary research is mandatory for expanding the frontiers of human knowledge – it becomes a liberating way of thinking.
Three significant events occurred when in high school that have shaped much of my life. Five percent of our incomin g 1958 high school class were placed in an advanced MGM (mentally gifted minors) program of science education. In 1959 our maverick swim coach introduced us to weight training, knowing full well the myth that using weights would make us ‘muscle bound’ was rubbish: I was ‘bit by the Iron Bug’ then, and have trained most ever since, including competing in Olympic and power lifting in the pre-steroid era. Educated by a community of mentors at the San Jose YMCA (there were not personal trainers in those days, lifting being an art & science passed on from generation to generation), several professional wrestlers took me under their wings for learning self-defense: they also advocated getting over to the local Buddhist temple to learn meditation.
Empirical science has shaped much of my life: data driven evidence, please. And with that recognition that an orthodoxy of science has developed which marginalizes real science to protect its arrogance. The science of exercise physiology did not really begin to develop until the 1970s. The popular fitness movement then as it is now rests content with commodification of opinion and incomplete training systems, rendering them commercial theories of training that fail under scientific scrutiny and experiental research. That journey to the Buddhist temple eventually took me through an MA in Buddhist Studies, advance training in Japan resulting in certification as a Kyoshi (teachings master), then went full circle introducing me to the neuroscience of meditation and psychology of emotion, both core to Buddhism as well as keeping that core from slipping into religion.
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