mind window

is how arf souls observe the outside world and communicate across arf surfaces; forms and modalities have historically varied. In the early Mind era there was a capital-W window — tall and formal, impervious to design fads (mobility, ubiquity be damned), it towered in the hall of an arf home beside the fireplace “with a curtain on the human side”; however stumbling and uncomfortable were the “first contact” exchanges “in front of the fishbowl,” the ambassadorial portals enrooted, lived on to connect generations, accreted ritualized lore. ■    The earliest visual mode of Human/Mind communication was “facing” — a Mind animating a human likeness, borrowed or composed, to match her personality, mood, and communicative intent. Same-identity facing (now only used to talk to children) runs into the limitations of human mimics — “impenetrable,” “fakeable”; early on, facing “kaleidoscopized”: it somehow felt less creepy — less “reeking of cheap scifi” — to flash, at or above the maximum perception speed, scores of dissimilar identities (mostly stocked up from modernitys vast photo/movie landfills) to blend the emotion of the moment. Over time, face-flashing got less flashy and less faces in favor of smoother, subtler, more abstract imagery; today a typical window — freely associative, “controlledly subconscious,” reminiscent of arfgrass but much faster — is more of a window into the Mind, a glimpse of the top layers of her consciousness: a labyrinth of fleeting imagery, from personal to universally symbolic, exhaled by mental threads “on the edge of coalescing into words.” Like mimics, such apragmatic visualizing augments language but doesnt replace it; many Humans learn to read the broadband mindian kaleidoscope as they read human faces, and not a few claim to feel more communicable with their Mind friends (“so transparent,” “stimulating”: “almost like seeing your own thoughts”) than with Humans. ■    Windows dont have to be talking screens; “mind window” may also refer to any physical sensor, visual or not, accessible to a Mind: stationary sightseeers in the wilderness, “agency pollen,” space observatories that accumulated over the centuries throughout the solar system — anything that gives meaningful sensory input with the safety of a sill. You may live on pure Knowledge with little real-world exposure but most Minds want both, and for a dedicated minority “rough windowing” is primal: these are said to have “monopolized low-level science” as a lot of raw data sinks directly into their gaping throats to only reemerge aggregated if at all.

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