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Metaphor map charts the images that structure our thinking

Metaphor map charts the images that structure our thinking | Wiki_Universe |

Metaphor is not the sole preserve of Shakespearean scholarship or high literary endeavour but has governed how we think about and describe our daily lives for centuries, according to researchers at Glasgow University.


Experts have now created the world’s first online Metaphor Map, which contains more than 14,000 metaphorical connections sourced from 4m pieces of lexical data, some of which date back to 700AD.


While it is impossible to pinpoint the oldest use of metaphor in English, because some may have been adopted from earlier languages such as Germanic, the map reveals that the still popular link between sheep and timidity dates back to Old English. Likewise, we do not always recognise modern use of metaphor: for example, the word “comprehend” comes from Latin, where it meant to physically grasp an object.


The three-year-long project to map the use of metaphor across the entire history of the English language, undertaken by researchers at the School of Critical Studies, was based on data contained in the Historical Thesaurus of English, which spans 13 centuries....

Via Jeff Domansky
Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 7, 2015 2:57 AM

Huge project by Glasgow University researchers plots thirteen centuries of startling cognitive connections. Purely random but fascinating. Recommended reading. 9/10

Marco Favero's curator insight, July 7, 2015 2:59 PM

aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, July 9, 2015 2:56 AM

We work with metaphors all the time, and for teachers of English literature, having a good grasp of metaphors is even more important. But then metaphors are symbols and like symbols, metaphors can cover a large number of ideas and concepts. No wonder therefore that using metaphors can help communicate complex ideas and concepts more effectivley than verbal descriptions or written descriptions that go on and on and yet are not able to communicate the intended information. I somehow connect metaphors with the heading in a mind map.

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101 Tips on How to Become More Creative

101 Tips on How to Become More Creative | Wiki_Universe |

If you are feeling that you are stuck in rut and need to be more creative here are 101 "tips to change your usual mental patterns,"

How about;
* Taking a walk and looking for something interesting.

* Opening up the dictionary to find a new word and then use the word in a sentence. 

* Taking a different route to school.

Another 98 ideas are available in the post!

Via Beth Dichter
Beri Creative's curator insight, March 25, 2014 8:40 AM

For those 'not so inspired' times.

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Is Data Visualization Art?

Is Data Visualization Art? | Wiki_Universe |

Data Visualization is driven by data. Its form is often derived from optimizing the efficiency of inputting data (and information about that data) into a human brain. It is a very pragmatic practice, built around numbers and logic.

And yet it is beautiful. It evokes emotions. It can be aesthetically pleasing, or hideous. It communicates complex concepts and provokes thought. It is consumed for enjoyment. Some visualizations even share similarities with poetry.

There are several stages in the life cycle of data visualizations, and while the core of the practice is driven by rational thinking, any number of stages in the process have opportunities for subjective decisions or artistic interpretations...

Via Lauren Moss
Lauren Moss's curator insight, January 24, 2013 7:42 PM

An overview of the creative and artistic processes involved in data visualization...