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Introduction to Social Solipsism (off topic?)
Introduction to Social Solipsism (off topic?)
June 23: Gender
“Let us go watch the dogs” said Gaya after breakfast this morning. “What dogs?” I asked. “Just dogs” she replied; “local dogs”. We went to the southern corner of the village - no more than a five minute walk. On a large grass yard, by the intersection of two main canals, about ten dogs were scattered: From a huge Great Dane, to a tiny pocket size dog with ribbons on its little head. It was a lovely sight. The dogs’ owners were no less interesting to watch than their pets. They all came here for this sole purpose, to accompany their animals, and they were constantly busy with them: One kept pulling his dog out of places the dog wasn’t supposed to go to (at least in its owner’s opinion), like close to the canal, or across the bridge, or even becoming too friendly with other dogs. Another man, who came with three dogs, was constantly busy collecting their droppings in plastic bags, with which he came prepared. Our ‘ugly’ dog was there too, his owner busy with the tennis ball. The people were working, and the dogs were having fun (well, maybe except the dog who wasn’t allowed to go anywhere). Gaya picked a bench that was relatively distant from the action. I asked her why, and she explained that she is following Heisenberg’s principle: She does not want the observer to affect the subject of observation. Very witty. I guess she knew that if she came closer, the dogs would gather round her (animals always did that to her), and she would become the subject of observation. Gaya was an observer, not an observee.
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