What is it like to be Michael?
He doesn’t have language skill, as he has never spoken. If he thinks at all it is probably not in words. If Michael imagines, how does he do it? Is it visual? His visual equipment is not like mine. Mike’s eyes seem to be independent of each other. Sometimes he looks at me with one eye; sometimes the other eye seems to be the attentive one. I have proof of this in pictures. I seem to need proof, as I don’t have confidence in my own memories.
When you think about it, the only one we ever have the possibility of knowing thoroughly is our own self. We have a good chance of knowing a person with our same sensibilities (i.e., both having visual, hearing and other senses) and cultural backgrounds. Our inner self is only somewhat accessible to another and only then by empathetic, long-term, two-way communication.
What is it like to be Michael? I cannot begin to imagine.