Professor Mu-Chao, formerly known as Prince Mu-Chao, is the co-founder with Happy Fun Ball of the 23 Apples of Eris website at 23ae.com. He is also the creator of The Jake that Changed a World which helped get Planet X or Planet Xena named Eris.
Response to question by Ratatosk on October 02, 2008, 08:43:23 pm
"I have begun to wonder if we truly ever 'switch to a new map', as opposed to simply bringing another map up in a tab and focusing on it. Do we ever discard older maps completely?"
I don't think so - when you learn something new, I think that experience is colored by the map you are using at the moment. For example, as I said in another thread, Illuminatus is a young adult book. I'm sure there are exceptions, but the people I have met who truly love that book (or certain others, like many of Hesse's) read it before they were 25. Re-reading it now, I still enjoy it as much as I originally did, perhaps because my concept of that book was colored by those previous maps... but if I experienced it now for the first time, I doubt it would have the same profound effect on my life.
Maybe that disregards nostalgia and makes other unwarranted assumptions, but take another example like how you feel about a person you have met in the past that you disliked because they did something that you did not like or agree with - I'm sure we all have one. The next time you meet that person, you are going to carry that feeling with you whether you have a new map or not - whether you still think that what they did was wrong. That person can do something that changes your feelings about them, but all that does is update that small portion of the map you are using - the next time you meet them, using a different map, those residual beliefs about that person will stand unless overturned again.