And if we’re still thinking in terms of weird pool balls, even unconsciously, and devoting lots of math at these weird imaginary pool balls

It’s true and sometimes our concepts become trapped by metaphors that are stretched beyond their usefulness.

One example: Particle physics. It’s very useful to see this stuff as “weird particles”. Pool/Billiard Balls. Lots of very practical uses for this metaphorical analogy as it were.

But then, it reaches its limit. And if we’re still thinking in terms of weird pool balls, even unconsciously, and devoting lots of math at these weird imaginary pool balls instead of looking for unseen novel concepts, we’ll be confused and possible go the wrong way.

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