Discriminating Among Levels of Reality

"Mommy, how do the people get into the television?” “What do you think?” “I think they are in balloons on timers inside the TV and when it’s time for their show they inflate and come on the screen.” The links between the real that she knew – actors and actresses playing roles on Sesame Street – and that which she did not – a transmission of information invisible to her senses – were inconceivable to my concrete three year old [...]