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Surfaces and Essences by Emmanuel Sander, Douglas Hofstadter

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CHAPTER 3

A Vast Ocean of Invisible Analogies

The Rarity of the Word “Analogy” in Everyday Language

A central thesis of this book is that analogy-making defines each instant of thought, and is in fact the driving force behind all thought. Each mental category we have is the outcome of a long series of analogies that build bridges between entities (objects, actions, situations) distant from each other in both time and space. These analogies imbue the category with a halo lending it a suppleness that is crucial for the survival and well-being of the living being to whom it belongs. Making analogies allows us to think and act in situations never ...

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