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  1. The following books might help answer your questions. Mental Leaps: Analogy in Creative Thought The Analogical Mind: Perspectives from Cognitive Science
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  2. Jules, I've been working on learning how to draw, starting with owls. Here's one method I've been studying, but it's taking time for some damn reason. Michael
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  3. Worthless or not, here we go - Rand's teachings on initiation vs reaction, as she walked her talk, depended entirely on whom she wanted to attack, and she could always justify it as retaliatory., always. Part of her infuriating genius. Keep studying, you will get it right someday. And I mean that sincerely, as I have meditated upon my mission on earth, as I do daily now that my days grow short, and I have found that one of my last tasks, Jon Letendre,, is to Save your Soul. To bring you out of the nighttime, and to help you fly spiritually , and be born again in the spirit at the altar of St. Burton Cummings.
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  4. William, Sometimes it is necessary when people have emotional blocks, are blinded by their culture, or don't understand something technical. Richard Feynman, for example, was very fond of analogies for conveying science. Here's another example. If you were to try to convince fanatical Muslims to not throw a homosexual off a building roof, I doubt a gotcha would work. Only an analogy is capable of penetrating the brainwashing they have had. And even then, it does not convince. When it works, it only gets them to see there is a different angle they haven't considered because it relates their behavior to something else they are familiar with. This is the process with brainwashed people. First they have to see that the world is bigger than their bubble. And that means they have to question the legitimacy of the bubble as a boundary on truth and understanding the world. They have to imagine there is truth outside the bubble they can observe that they haven't thought was possible. Only after that can reason and other forms of rational persuasion penetrate. Michael
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