Welcome to Metapatterns: The Pattern Underground Wiki
A Site by Jeff Bloom & Tyler Volk


This is the home site for The Pattern Underground — a working group dedicated to exploring the science (and art) of patterns. We are particularly interested in metapatterns (a term coined by Gregory Bateson). More information on metapatterns is available from the "Theoretical Background" page, which is linked to in the Navigation panel on the left.

We are interested in disciplinary and transdisciplinary explorations, theoretical development, and research into metapatterns and other ubiquitous patterns. Works in progress are welcomed in the general project sections. More formal and complete pieces can be submitted to our journal, which is now in the planning stages. This journal will be a peer-reviewed, online, and free journal. People interested in being on the editorial board and/or in reviewing submitted articles, please send an email to either of the editors (Tyler Volk or Jeff Bloom).

In order to participate on this site, you must be a member. Membership is free. Click on the "How to join this site?" link in Navigation panel.

As a member, you can post materials, participate in forums, create your own member's page, and be involved in an exciting new group. We hope to organize a periodic meeting, as well.

Please join us in this transdisciplinary effort.

Please go to the Participating and Submitting Work for more information about how you can engage on this site.


  • Upcoming Release of Tyler Volk's New Book: Quarks to Culture: How We Came to Be — further explorations of metapatterns


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