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Davis' work has fascinated me since, in an NPR interview he told the stories of a line of zombies walking into a river, the unfortunate Mr Narcisse,and more. The book was very spotty revelatory highs and just plain awful writing. The movie...let's not talk about the movie. This article tells the story of the mushroom hunter. I have told it many times myself for I feel it is a clear example of differing cosmologies.
The classic example I think, is of the NYC taxi driver. The driver starts his shift without a fare, to secure one he slows down frequently, stalls about and blocks traffic in promising areas, and makes many near stops. When he finds a fare he does not pull over, but stops in the moving traffic lane until his passenger enters the taxi, then takes off.
Once with passenger, he bolts forward rushes cursing everyone in his way to his goal of the passenger's destination. Most accursed to the driver are other drivers who he excoriates for slowing down frequently, stalling about and of course for not pulling over when a fare presents itself. There is no contradiction here, each circumstance places the driver in its own cosmology. Although this universe changes thirty times a day the driver being a the centre of each universe carries with himself his own circumstantial reality or normalcy. He senses no contradiction. There is no irony in the world of the circumstantially just.
How can we all get along in such a world? Probably by not paying a great deal of attention to one another. Although we may not know or understand one another, our perceptions of one another are fairly sturdy and suit our needs. Our image of let's say a friend is a buffer between their ever changing features and our inability to absorb that change. Total clarity, awareness of another would drive us mad I think. I am off on a tangent here, more tomorrow. This last graph is tricky for me.
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