Surfaces and Essences

Surfaces and Essences

Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking

Book - 2013
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Shows how analogy-making pervades human thought at all levels, influencing the choice of words and phrases in speech, providing guidance in unfamiliar situations, and giving rise to great acts of imagination.
"Analogy is the core of all thinking. This is the simple but unorthodox premise that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Douglas Hofstadter and French psychologist Emmanuel Sander defend in their new work. Hofstadter has been grappling with the mysteries of human thought for over thirty years. Now, with his trademark wit and special talent for making complex ideas vivid, he has partnered with Sander to put forth a highly novel perspective on cognition. We are constantly faced with a swirling and intermingling multitude of ill-defined situations. Our brain's job is to try to make sense of this unpredictable, swarming chaos of stimuli. How does it do so? The ceaseless hail of input triggers analogies galore, helping us to pinpoint the essence of what is going on. Often this means the spontaneous evocation of words, sometimes idioms, sometimes the triggering of nameless, long-buried memories."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780465018475
Branch Call Number: 169 H7138s 2013
Characteristics: xiv, 578 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Sander, Emmanuel


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May 28, 2015

Just skimmed. Interesting view of how humans think, but way too much detail for me.


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