The Most Dangerous Metaphors

The most dangerous metaphors for us are the ones that cease to be recognizable as metaphors. For many people the analogy between brain and computer has reached that point: the brain isn’t like a computer, they think, it is a computer. (“A computer made of meat,” some say.) When that happens to us, we are in a bad way, because those screens become permanently implanted, and we lose the ability to redirect our attention toward those elements of reality we have ignored.

~Alan Jacobs, How to Thinkp. 104

2 thoughts on “The Most Dangerous Metaphors

  1. Thanks, Wade. I heartily recommend the book. Jacobs has some really good stuff in this book on developing our thinking in the context of the (very!) polarizing contexts we often find ourselves in today. His writing on empathy and listening have definitely changed how I interact with ideas I’m generally not disposed to!

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