We can’t. We can’t even for ourselves in a reliable manner.
When your limbs fall asleep, where do the boundaries of your body go?
When you have been drinking or feverish and you are in a crowded place, you can get caught up in the crowd and lose your self integrity
You can also get that way when you are lost
Following a narrative about something interesting, you can forget your own existence and become the story being told
But does a balloon know it’s being popped?
There’s a temporal sequence whereby the integrity of the balloon goes away.
Is there an experience of losing integrity for objects with physical memory?
Well, there are responses such as noises or other physical effects.
The air responds to
a popping of a balloon
Our ear drums respond
We react mechanically
The balloon reacts mechanically to being popped
If your boundary between internal and external changes, how is it registered?
How is it registered for a balloon?