Analogy as the Core of Cognition

A long read that I’m looking forward to having more time to tuck into,  Analogy as the Core of Cognition is ‘basically’ what I was getting at with my 2010 Metaphwoar talk. Basically, come, aspirationally in my wildest dreams.

(Even more excitedly, the piece is written by Douglas Hofstadter, who came up with that classic self-referencing time-related adage: “It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law.” which is so painfully true in the digital industry that should be adopted as a daily mantra).

His opening supposition, that “every concept we have is essentially nothing but a tightly packaged bundle of analogies, and to suggest that all we do when we think is to move fluidly from concept to concept”, is so brilliantly put that it makes me want to sack the day off and just go somewhere to read more. Can’t wait to find the time. Also to watch his talk on the subject…

Analogy as the Core of Cognition on YouTube

Via, once again, Jamie White, to who this blog is quickly becoming some sort of sad fan site.