10 — Inside the Creative Mind: Metaphor

December 13, 2017 — How does a new idea arise in the mind? Is this something Artificial Intelligence can achieve? Can a complex logical system recreate the human act of creativity? What approach to knowledge ushered in the Renaissance and modern science?

We will use the concept of metaphor to better understand just what it is to make a discovery.


  1. Can a great poem be translated into prose? Try it out with one of your favorite Shakespeare sonnet or other short poem (examples: sonnets 12, 15, 23, 25, 29).

  2. Does the poem convey anything that the prose does not?

  3. What role does metaphor play in the physical economic process?

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