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metaphor

The application of a concept to which it is not literally applicable but which suggests a resemblance and invites comparison. Metaphors as figures of speech are a common literary device but in the history of medicine, metaphors lend a philosophical aura. Medical metaphors were widespread in ancient literature; the description of a sick body was often used by ancient writers to define a critical condition of the state, in which one corrupt part can ruin the entire system.


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Re: Theories - Origin of Life

Considering my metaphor further, I suppose the " ∅ beneficial " viewpoint would still be compatible with the idea that the original population contained Toyota parts, Nissan parts, and an intermediate group of Niss-yota ...

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by wildfunguy
Sat Sep 28, 2013 9:21 pm
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Theories - Origin of Life
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Re: Is complexity inevitable?

... with one another, and we can't evolve new types of cells like an ecosystem can evolve new species. Looking at the context, I think it was a metaphor about having options. More biological pathways means more options (plus the possibility of repairative or regulative mechanisms). (See my emphasized ...

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by wildfunguy
Thu Sep 26, 2013 6:12 pm
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Is complexity inevitable?
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Re: Help with biological metaphor?

(English is not my first language) I am not a biologist, but you could check the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. The former could represent the financial aspects of your dissertation, and the latter, the managerial, or vice versa. Alternatively, you could look at the nervous system ...

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by Gaudwin
Mon Jun 17, 2013 12:12 am
 
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Help with biological metaphor?
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Re: Help with biological metaphor?

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by bebe13
Fri May 17, 2013 7:43 am
 
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Help with biological metaphor?
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Help with biological metaphor?

... numbers - but they are separated in their ambitions and their activity in the organisation. Now I am trying to see if there might be a biological metaphor for this. First, I was thinking of symbiosis, because these two fields (contrary to what is commonly assumed) are not separate. They feed of ...

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by bebe13
Wed May 15, 2013 8:13 am
 
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Help with biological metaphor?
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