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The Diversity of Experience, and the Common Story: A Developmental Psychology Perspective on BOOM X

STORY BY: Sig Kal Shore
YEAR: 2019
LOCATION: Montreal, QC

Sig shares a story that is often told by developmental psychologists. When three-year-olds look down from the top of the Empire State Building, they might say: "wow, those cars and people are tiny". At around age five, that usually changes to: "wow, those cars and people LOOK tiny". The addition of that one word "LOOK" is crucial to how we experience reality as more and more 'objective' as we get older (existing outside of our own 'subjective' experience). In a way, we "outgrow our mind", and Sig was very impressed with how BOOM X captured multiple "minds" and perspectives in a one-person show. To him, what could have been a "sprawling mess" turned into a very moving experience. "It didn't deny the diversity of individuals, and yet at the same time the common story was so powerful". Thanks for sharing, Sig!

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