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In the Mind of the Other

Posted 2009.08.21 14.58 in Family/Friends, Pointless Blather by Stephanie

In a recent comment on her blog, my friend Lezley said:

I’ve always wanted to know what goes on inside animals’ heads. What do they think? Feel? How do they see the world and us? […] Human beings always judge animal behaviour through our own lens – resulting in no real understanding at all. Stupid humans.

This is one of those things that interests me.. the Mind of the Other, versus the Mind of the Self. Several decades ago, author H.P. Lovecraft wrote that there can never truly be a story told from the point of view of the vampire, wolf-man, or alien, simply because such things existed entirely outside our frame of reference. In the case of an alien, something truly that far outside our own experience would be so Other that we’d probably have a difficult enough time recognizing it for what it was, let alone understaning or relating to its emotions and thoughts. I believe Lovecraft’s story The Colour out of Space is an ideal representation of how our limited experience leaves us unable to fully perceive or understand things that are far from our own frames of reference.

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Why are we here? What’s our purpose?

Posted 2009.08.18 6.31 in Family/Friends, Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Lezley (of Peeling Onions fame) has just blogged about some correspondence that she and I exchanged recently, discussing the meaning of life. (Just life, not the universe and everything.)

It’s fairly raw but maybe we can strike up a dialog between the two blogs and those of you who read them.