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Mixing Mind and Metaphor

Talk by James Geary, given at TED Global 2009 July. Prezi was co-created by James and Adam Somlai-Fischer.See the talk at http://www.ted.com/talks/james_geary_metaphorically_speaking.html
by Adam Somlai-Fischer on 22 June 2013

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Transcript of Mixing Mind and Metaphor

She touched my hand what a chill I got

Her lips are like a volcano that’s hot

I’m proud to say that she’s my buttercup

I’m in love
I’m all shook up
King of the Metaphorians
The mathematics of metaphor
Metaphor “consists in giving the thing a name that belongs to something else.”
Aristotle
Mixing Mind and Metaphor
JAMES GEARY
X = Y
Juliet is the sun.
Shakespeare
Juliet = the sun
Pattern recognition
The bouba/kiki test
Conceptual synesthesia
The Stroop test
Metaphor & Money
When the flower arranger arranges the flowers, he also arranges his mind and the mind of the person who looks at the flowers.
Zen saying
CC by crabchick
on Flickr
Mechanics of metaphor I
Mechanics of metaphor II
Mechanics of metaphor III
So, What Is Metaphor For?
Metaphor & Discovery
Mechanics
of Metaphor 1-111
Metaphor in daily life
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Metaphor & Decision-making
A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain.
Robert Frost
To unleash the mind’s creative energy, multiply metaphor by the square of the speed of thought.
Combinatory play seems to be the essential feature in productive thought.
Albert Einstein
The Roots of Metaphor
Language is fossil poetry.

Ralph Waldo
Emerson
Cogito ergo sum.
=
I think, therefore I am.

Cogito ergo sum
=

I shake things up, therefore I am.
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photo by snappr at flickr
photo by Otama on Flickr
Cognitive dissonance
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