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Surfaces and Essences by Emmanuel Sander, Douglas Hofstadter

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CHAPTER 5

How Analogies Manipulate Us

At the Mercy of Uninvited Guests

Is it possible that analogies have the power to manipulate us, to twist us around their little fingers? Certainly; in fact, they do so in two senses of the term “manipulate”. First, analogies often arise in our minds without our even being aware of them: they invade us surreptitiously and seize center stage. Second, analogies coerce us: they force our thoughts to flow along certain channels. And thus, far from being just appealing and colorful pedagogical or rhetorical devices, analogies are wily creatures with a will of their own. They shape our interpretations of situations ...

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