"The Universe is made up of stories, not atoms."
The stories we tell ourselves about the cosmos shape our experiences of reality. We interpret our experiences through ever-shifting lenses of enculturation, embodiment, and enaction, which continually shape the explanatory maps and narratives we create to account for the nature of existence. Recognizing our unique perspectives, as well as how they might be expanded, requires identifying the influences and assumptions within which they are enmeshed.
The Transcalar Imaginary refers to the ever-shifting worlds constructed within the individual and collective minds' eye, imagining connections between everyday experience and realms beyond unaided perception. These visions result from the dynamic interplay between empirical observations, nested social-ecological systems, and creative representations of phenomena, creating new sensemaking processes and cultural narratives. The extent to which we can recognize patterns and traverse spectral, temporal, and spatial scales within our imaginations greatly influences our abilities to anticipate and adapt to changing environments.
This collection is an invitation to explore the ways in which our expanded capacity to collectively imagine stories and perspectives across scales can inform new ways of seeing, knowing, and acting in the world...