1. Being a
planetary life form and part of a chain of such life forms.
2. Belonging to the homo sapiens branch.
3. A Greco-Roman (Western European?) ancestry and culture.
4. (Probably) having experienced my birth in an African setting.
5. The full destructiveness of W.W.II.
6. Prolonged, intimate exposure to several major African cultures
and an ongoing process of cross-cultural inquiry and adaptation.
7. A gazelle.
8. Walking on the dry bed of the Niger river.
9. A planned but also unplanned process of transformation into yet
another cultural niche (the American) that brought a change in
nationality, language (internal as well as interpersonal), and even
10. Decades of daily observation of other minds and their
functioning, often to unusual depths. Concurrently, the continuous
requirement to teach and facilitate the understanding of such
phenomena to students of diverse disciplines.
11. The passage of time.
Landscapes in my Mind: the Origins and Structure
of the Subjective Experience for an elaboration on these
biographical data and their interaction )