Topics hop across individuals who are not in direct interaction. The last time I saw this happen I was in a Home Depot and the topic was woodpeckers.
I think there's unique value to imagining possibilities before looking to the experts. After all, the experts may not have imagined the right possibilities.
I visited a neighboring city the other day and saw all the regular big name stores, but it still felt like a very unique place. Geographic arrangement seems important to the character of a city.
The mariachi music becomes associated with eating Mexican food within a restaurant and then triggers the thought of Mexican food outside of that context. I think Pavlov would agree.
How much of what we perceive is guided by our immediate interests? I once drove through a new town looking for a lunch spot and it seemed to shape my general impression of the place.
The half-heart in the bottom panel symbolizes a desire to find an eligible mate. Looking at the world through that lens, people appear as prospects and non-prospects.
What we see depends on how we look. Or, our way of looking leaves its imprint on the thing we look at.