What is it like to be a bat?

Myles Dalton


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

The interesting part of the bat experience for me was the echo location. It's hard to imagine exactly how a bat perceives the world because their method is different from our own.

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

I imagined a trip our of a cave to drink nectar. I mostly worked to imagine how I would perceive the world, creating rough outlines of objects that seemed appropriate for echo location. I tried to keep all my visualizations first-person and got so immersed that when drinking nectar I almost tuck out my tongue.

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

The entire time I thought of a dark and vibrant jungle, but due to my idea of echo location I imagined color and skipped many details.


Imagination Stations