Category Archives: Psychology

Analogy, perspectives, understanding, and imagination

This post is an attempt to summarize and expand on what I have already written on analogy and perspective by clarifying the relationship between the following concepts: analogy, perspectives, understanding, and imagination. What is an analogy Making an analogy involves two … Continue reading

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Anatomy of an Illness

It has always been my goal to write at least a little bit about what I read so I remember the most important things I learned from my reading. However, I have failed 99% of the time. It’s the Easter holiday and … Continue reading

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You Just Don’t Understand

A week ago, I finished reading You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation by sociolinguist Deborah Tannen. The central idea is that men and women have very different conversation styles resulting from different ways of viewing their relationship with others. … Continue reading

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Other thoughts on analogy

Yesterday, I wrote about Douglas Hofstadter’s lecture, Analogy as the Core of Cognition. Here are a few other interesting thoughts I had while listening to the lecture. Why does analogy occur? Everyday, our minds come up with a great quantity of analogies. … Continue reading

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Analogy as the Core of Cognition

What exactly is going on when you think? In his lecture, Analogy as the Core of Cognition, cognitive scientist Douglas Hofstadter (DH) suggests that when you think, you are really just making analogies. We all know what an analogy is: comparing one thing … Continue reading

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