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Surfaces and Essences by Emmanuel Sander, Douglas Hofstadter

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CHAPTER 6

How We Manipulate Analogies

Sticks for Stirring Become Javelins for Rowing

Emmanuel and Doug have just gone out for their habitual afternoon coffee break. “Two crèmes,” says Doug to the server. When the drinks arrive, Doug pours some sugar in his cup, takes the spoon from the saucer, and while stirring, says, “Here in Europe, nobody is surprised to see coffee served in real cups, with real saucers and real metal spoons. It’s par for the course.”

“Sure!” says Emmanuel. “But why would that surprise you?”

“It was like that in the U.S. when I was a grad student,” says Doug nostalgically, “but nowadays, wherever you go, coffee is always served ...

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