What is it like to be a bat?

Participant: Kristina Jorgensen

Q: When you think of bats, what first comes to your mind?

I think about the color they see through their eyes. Purple comes to mind. A purple lens is what I see through when I imagine being a bat.

Q: You just spent a period of time imagining what it is like to be a bat. What did you imagine?

I imagine flying through the forest, well more like the jungle, at night. I imagine there are people walking through a jungle at night with lanterns and I am a bat flying above them wondering what my interaction may be like with themn if I were the bat. Then my mind goes to hanging upside down. I imagine what I felt like hanging upside down on monkey bars as a kid to imagine what a bat may feel like. I get that weird feeling through my body as if I were really upside down. I wanted to laugh because it was fun but I refocused. I imagined flying back through the jungle except this time the sun is starting to rise. I don't like the light so I must escape to somewhere quick to sleep before the light gets brighter, otherwise it will be hard to fall asleep. I find a building to land on, made of sandstone, it is warm. I am asleep. But, no I need to wake up and go back to the jungle at night. I again imagine flying through and this time hanging upside down on a tree branch. The light is still purple, well the lens through my eyes is purple. Am I a purple bat? Thats it.

Q: During the time you were imagining, were you somewhere?

No specific location. Just a jungle with lots of trees and greenery where there's a path or trail below me. The building is nowhere. I only see the building.

Imagination Stations