Consciousness In the Mirror: A Hopscotch History of Replacing the World

The mirror — above all, the mirror is our teacher.

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452–1519)

We build tools and then think in the logic of the tools at hand. We entrain our thinking and actions with that logic: cars changed our sense of neighborhood, airplanes shrank our perception of distance; texting changed how we write English, how (poorly) we drive, and interact with — or ghost — significant others. Our intention has little power over tool logic — unless we pay more attention to our intent…