I Is An Other
The Secret Life of Metaphor and How It Shapes the Way We See the WorldBook - 2011
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Metaphorical thinking . . . is the essence of creativity in the sciences as well as the arts. Whenever we solve a problem, make a discovery, or devise and innovation . . . metaphorical thinking takes place. . . .
The paradox of metaphor is that it tells us so much about a person, place, or thing by telling us what that person, place or thing is not. . . . A metaphor is both detour and destination, a digression that gets to the point.
Aristotle identified the mastery of metaphorical thinking as “a sign of genius, since a good metaphor implies an intuitive perception of the similarity in dissimilars.”
Metaphor systematically disorganizes the common sense of things--jumbling together the abstract with the concrete, the physical with the psychological, the like with the unlike--and reorganizes it into uncommon combinations. . . .
There is no aspect of our experience not molded in some way by metaphor's almost imperceptible touch. Once you twig to metaphor's modus operandi, you'll find its fingerprints on absolutely everything.
Metaphorical thinking--our instinct not just for describing but for comprehending one thing in terms of another, for equating I with an other--shapes our view of the world, and is essential to how we communicate, learn, discover, and invent.
Metaphor is a way of thought long before it is a way with words.
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