Great post! I'm drawing much from it...plumbing where seemingly separate fields have areas that cross or patterns that match seems to be a way to work to keep bringing understanding to three dimensions. Sometime in the past year or two I've shifted synthesis & understanding to be something that i aim for every day. ..Posted several times on Synthesis (indeed have a 'synthesizing' post tag...awk) - one of which on Daniel Tammet's idea of Hyper-Connectivity - http://comedyconjectures.blogspot.com/2009/05/hyper-connectivity.html .

Fascinating topics you explore and study! I'm glad you can share the journey with each other.

Best,