Life of Pi Questions and Answers
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Pi tells the "real" story at last. Why do Mr. Okamoto and Mr. Chiba ultimately report Pi's original story-with animals-instead?

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Pi shows Mr. Okamoto and Mr. Chiba that the "real" story, the one with his mother, the cook and a sailor, is only one version, and it is a flat, immobile version. It conforms nicely to their world view. In other words, even if it is an exact objective account, this version does not lead to new knowledge, new insights about existence, survival, science or spirituality. It is a scientific formula for what happened. 

For example, to say someone is the light of your life is not a scientific statement about the world. Unless, of...

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