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The Double
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Presence can mean lots of things to different people. This chapter describes people’s experiences of other people being present and discusses research of felt presence. The feeling of the presence of another person can be described as an instant and vivid feeling of recognition – not an unknown ‘someone’ being there but a specific person, present right now. The author’s examples encourage us to think past the double, or at least to think more broadly. If felt presence comes from us, why does it feel so distinctly ‘other’? Could the mirror be a starting point, the first step on an uncanny road?

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