This chapter considers the challenges posed by living in relation to so many kinds of selves in this vast ecology of selves. It deals with the problem of how to safely and successfully communicate with the many kinds of beings that people the cosmos. How to understand and be understood by beings whose grasp of human language is constantly in question is difficult in its own right. And when successful, communication with these beings can be destabilizing. Much of the chapter focuses on the semiotic analysis of human attempts to understand and be understood by their dogs. For example, people in Ávila struggle to interpret their dogs’ dreams, and they even give their dogs hallucinogens to be able to give them advice—in the process shifting to a sort of trans-species pidgin with unexpected properties.
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