The process as we move our eyes from word to word is corrective and revisionary rather than progressive. Each new word revises the complex picture we had before.
One person investigating the experience of another can be directly aware only of his own experience of the other. He cannot have direct awareness of the other’s experience of the ‘same’ world. He cannot see through the other’s eyes and cannot hear through the other’s ears. The only true voyage, Proust once remarked, would be not to travel through a hundred different lands with the same pair of eyes, but to see the same land through a hundred different pairs of eyes. All one ‘feels’, ‘senses’, ‘intuits’, etc. of the other entails inference from one’s own experience of the other to the other’s experience of one’s self. This presupposes that the other’s actions are in some way a function of the other’s experience, as I know mine to be. Only on the basis of this presupposition, however qualified it may be, can one hazard inferences about the other’s experience from one’s perspective of the other’s actions.
It’s all about what you think when you’re alone. How you spend time when you’re alone. What your true colors are when you’re alone.
“I listen to music when I’m alone,” he’ll say, but that still doesn’t take up all the time he spends alone. “I read books,” she’ll say, but she isn’t reading non-stop.
When people are alone, they have this hazy, blank period of time they can’t put a name to.
The nameless feelings experienced during those nameless times make up a major element of a person.
we have begun to conceive of a mutually shaping relationship between gender and technology, in which technology is both a source and a consequence of gender relaations.
Reality is relative to the
observer, so by analogy, a table is “solid” because our hands are made of the same atoms as the
table. To a neutrino, the table is just a ghostly insubstantiality through which it flies, as is the
entire earth. Things constituted the same way are substantial to each other, so likewise what is
“real” depends upon the world it is measured from.