Monday, June 21. 2010
And so too, it would seem, are our thoughts...
- Metaphoric intelligence and foreign language learning - Jeannette Littlemore
"Metaphor is so pervasive in language that it would be impossible for a person to speak without using metaphor at some point, whether knowingly or not."
- The Contemporary Theory of Metaphor - Lakoff, G.
"...a great many common concepts like causation and purpose are metaphorical..."
- Cognitive linguistics - Terri Eynon
"Until relatively recently it was assumed that it must be possible to provide an accurate, objective (i.e. literal) description of reality for the purpose of scientific advancement. For the modernist, metaphors characterized rhetoric, not scientific discourse. "
- Cognitive Linguistics - George Lakoff
"It was discovered in the late 1970's that the mind contains an enormous system of general conceptual metaphors -- ways of understanding relatively abstract concepts in terms of those that are more concrete."
- Metaphor - a Working Concept - Olle Torgny
"On the other hand, abstract products and services, computer software, medication, electronics and similar phenomena has an ”inner structure” that is dependent on specific domain knowledge or that even is incomprehensible for experts. In this case the properties of the product (object, service, concept) has to be conveyed by something else.
The more complicated and abstract this message is, the better suited is the use of metaphor."
- Oral Metaphor Construct (OMC) - Asa M. Stepak !
This guy has a very interesting theory. It is also relatable at a lower abstract level than most. That is, it may provide implementable understanding about neural networks at the signaling level, where neural-network constructs live. For now this is just an interesting aside I found while researching. It (for me at least) merits a closer look.
- Standford U. Lecture: Analogy as the Core of Cognition - Douglas Hofstadter
A fairly decent talk on a very important subject.
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