7. Developing relationships

Imagine the earth slips through a rift in space and time and comes out the other end into a completely different universe. Imagine this experience coincides with all the blueberry bushes in the world growing 1,000 percent more blueberries. However, the blueberries look different; they have sprouted arms stretching over and around the bush and they are controlling the branches. Then the blueberry bushes get up, walk around, and talk, creating blueberry bush societies. Now, imagine you are a botanist who specializes in blueberry bushes and you want to kill one to find out how the blueberry bushes suddenly became so smart. Where would you study first—the branches or the numerous odd-shaped blueberries that suddenly grew ...

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