The Brain As An Analogy Machine

The Brain As An Analogy Machine

How humans think.  The human brain as an analogy machine.
April 26, 2013
http://onpoint.wbur.org/2013/04/26/the-brain-as-analogy-machine
https://soundcloud.com/#onpointradio/the-brain-as-an-analogy

14: banana … analogy is much more frequent

15:50 “Genious is the ability to make metaphors”

Complex numbers were not born from metaphors.

Controversial areas?

< 37 “my reality” Certainly, but … language is universal, e.g. road, slippery slope, …

38:15 simplistic analogy
38:20 We have to learn how to pick and choose among our perceptions of the world. It’s very easy to fall for stereotypes. Stereotypes are rampant.
38:33 It’s also necessary for us to have stereotypes. We can’t know everything in infinite detail. We have to make snap judgements.

bad analogies

See also:
https://franzcalvo.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/pareidolia

https://franzcalvo.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/you-can-use-just-about-anything-to-prove-a-theory-if-you-dont-mind-stretching-a-metaphor-until-it-almost-breaks

related:
Are we pre-dispositioned to make stereotypes?
Aug 2011
http://www.ted.com/conversations/5086/are_we_pre_dispositioned_to_ma.html

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2 thoughts on “The Brain As An Analogy Machine

  1. Pingback: Pareidolia | franzcalvo

  2. Pingback: You can use just about anything to prove a theory if you don’t mind stretching a metaphor until it almost breaks. | franzcalvo

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