: to make (something) by combining different things
: to combine (things) in order to make something new
: to make (something) from simpler substances through a chemical process



Synthesize (v.): “combine or bring together” (two or more things), 1825.

Synthesis (n.): 1610s, “deductive reasoning,” from Latin synthesiscollection, set, suit of clothes, composition (of a medication),” from Greek synthesiscomposition, a putting together,” from syntithenaiput together, combine,” syn– “together” + tithenaiput, place” (related to: theme). From 1733 as “a combination of parts into a whole,” Earlier borrowed in Middle English as sintecis (mid 15c.).



“Woes and wonders of Power, that tonic hell, synthesis of poison and panacea.”

Emile M. Cioran (1911-1995, Romanian-born writer, philosopher, and essayist, known for his emphasis on despair and emptiness, published works in both Romanian and French)

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“The East has failed because it tried meditation without love. The West has failed because it tried love without meditation. My whole effort is to give you a synthesis, the whole—which means meditation plus love.”

Osho (1931-1990, Indian mystic, guru, and spiritual teacher, professor of philosophy, critical of socialism, Mahatma Gandhi, and institutionalized religion; he was also known in the press as the “sex guru.”)

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“Love is the affinity which links and draws together the elements of the world… Love, in fact, is the agent of universal synthesis.”

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955, French philosopher and Jesuit priest; trained as a paleontology and geologist; his parental lineages were distinguished, his mother was the grandniece of Voltaire.)

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“We are approaching a new age of synthesis. Knowledge cannot be merely a degree or a skill… it demands a broader vision, capabilities in critical thinking and logical deduction without which we cannot have constructive progress.”

Li Ka-shing (b. 1928, Hong Kong business magnate, investor, and philanthropist; according to Forbes, one of the richest people in Asia, worth $30.2 billion as of March 2016)

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“The true Renaissance person is endowed with panoramic attention.... The habit of noticing the ensemble of everything and its constituent parts is a matter of will, not of innate aptitude. It involves the conscious noticing of things and the gaps that separate and connect them.”

Christy Wampole (writer and professor of French literature at Princeton University)

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“Life is not found in atoms or molecules or genes as such, but in organization; not in symbiosis but in synthesis.”

Edwin Grant Conklin (1863-1952, American biologist and zoologist, noted for his work in human evolution)

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“Most of the brain's work is done while the brain's owner is ostensibly thinking about something else, so sometimes you have to deliberately find something else to think and talk about.”

Neal Stephenson (b. 1959, American writer and game developer, known for his works on speculative fiction)

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“Mathematics as an expression of the human mind reflects the active will, the contemplative reason, and the desire for aesthetic perfection. Its basic elements are logic and intuition, analysis and construction, generality and individuality. Though different traditions may emphasize different aspects, it is only the interplay of these antithetic forces and the struggle for their synthesis that constitute the life, usefulness, and supreme value of mathematical science.”

Richard Courant (1888-1972, German American mathematician and educator, who made significant advances in the calculus of variations; best known for the book he co-authored called, “What is Mathematics?”)

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“Love is the affinity which links and draws together the elements of the world… Love, in fact, is the agent of universal synthesis.”

— Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

As most children, my daughter and son are light years when it comes to utilizing and managing technology.  They intuitively know what to do, and if they don’t, they worry little about their inabilities until the technology is necessary.

There’s a notion that while our world was creating this technology, our children, not yet born were studying on the Other Side, which so resonates for me.

Earlier this year my daughter took my smartphone and connected me to another feature in my music streaming subscription.  It wasn’t until recently that I caught up to the gift she gave me.

I now have access to a universe of possibilities for my expansive musical taste.  Like most people who love music, I have an eclectic, complex and multi-faceted palette.  Music is a realm where we can push to accept our multi-dimensionalities.

As we open our hearts and minds our abilities to filter and synthesize information will give us the capabilities to create complex original thinking.  Although, we will have to work at it, the way that musicians and artists work on their crafts.  But, we have so many great living examples to study.

The other day, for instance, I was listening to Daft Punk and was appreciating how masterful they synthesize their music.  It’s exciting to listen to the brilliance of such artists, particularly those that create their own rules, but who also seek the advice from masters who came before them.

Daft Punk, among others, are teaching us and choreographing their synthesize intelligence and filtering through massive amounts of complex data and creating new paradigms and structures.

The possibilities of music, like love, are infinite and revolutionary.

As we have the courage to open our hearts and minds the more we can build our synthesize intelligence and co-create a richer world together.

Continue to be fearless lovers, my friends.

Faithfully Yours, Tonya



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