2Bits and Pieces

“I am in my mind like some people drive.”

—Laurie Anderson, performance at the Walker Art Center sometime in the early 1980s

No doubt you have had the experience of seeing things in stark contrast to someone right beside you, with whom you thought you shared a common understanding of the world. Sitting together on the beach at the end of the day, one of you sees a beautiful sunset, while the other sees an impending storm. Hearing the distinctive whirr of military helicopters overhead, one of you tenses up, while the other is oblivious. Or walking through a dilapidated neighborhood, one of you senses hopelessness and despair, while the other sees signs of economic development. What explains differences in the way we experience ...

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