Analogy as the Core of Cognition

None other than “I am a strange loop” Douglas Hofstadter.

I call it metaphor; I call it theory; he calls it analogy. I’m not saying anything new nor is he and it’s the same notion.

George Lakoff of Embodied cognition fame first gained fame by “Metaphors we live by” – as direct competition to Chomsky’s computational model (and Pinker’s computational model) saying the same thing.

Theory Theory that says, similar to “Turtles all the way down” basically says, “It’s theories all the way down” and it starts at least right after we’re born (studies have 42 minutes after birth at first theory formation proof shown via imitating faces, requiring a theory or analogy or metaphorical connection between what’s seen, the muscles in the face moving similarly, mapped via a mental abstraction that functions.

And yes, your dog smiles back at you when you smile, too. It’s not your imagination.

Why should it shock us that so many human traits were in mammals first. Or slime mold. Or plants. Or bacteria in clusters.

What’s communication? It’s not just a functional abstraction to us and for us. It’s not bacteria “communicate”. It’s bacteria communicate.

I don’t want to reduce it down to “information” as Information Theory has it. There are “supervening structures” which have distinct properties from the activities below its surfaces and anyway, thinking that it’s “all information” brings us to flaws in thinking, looking for “the gene that makes me laugh at a bad pun” and “which neuron controls the phrase ‘girfunkle shandowed de nostrum flatulary”?

But “It’s all analogy / metaphor / theory” that living things use distinctly from rocks, stars and other Newtonian describable periodic and entropic systems who don’t?

Yeah. I’ll back it.

I haven’t seen and don’t need to see this lecture. It’s correct.
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