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Immortality, Jellyfish Style

This video is a Nerdfighter side project of Hank Green’s called SciShow. If you’re a history buff John Green also has a side project called Crash Course…DFTBA.

The very idea of immortality is almost as old as pre-human apes, or really just as long as there have been life forms intelligent enough to interpret the inevitable coming of death. Immortality has been philosophized and fictionalized for centuries in vastly different spectrums, from profound Greek philosophers to the stuttering, sparkling world of Bella Swan.

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Quotes Are Like Orphans: and Our Need for Metaphors and Similes

Metaphor: a figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable to suggest a resemblance.

Primary Metaphor: the basic connection that exist between subjective or abstract experiences such as good and concrete experiences such as up. These two concepts usually correlate in experience, and form the primary metaphor good is up. Thanks, Wikipedia

Well, as we are all diligent English students and we have all read and memorized the articles in our English book, the sentence I address should not be all that foreign.

“In a way quotations are like orphans: words that have been taken out from their original contexts and that need to be integrated into their new textual surroundings”

Okay so not to do exactly what the quote is saying not to do, or call what is actually a simile a metaphor—thine holy grammar Nazis, but why was this sentence necessary? Why did the author of this strange quote feel the need to use a figure of speech to describe this topic to their reader?

The real question is why do humans feel the need to continually use metaphors, similes, and other figures of speech in our written and everyday language? George Lakoff speaks on this subject and specifically how it pertains to thought patterns of conservatives and progressives, but that is way too much of a topic for this blog, look into 0-10 min for the relevant information. George Lakoff on the Political Mind

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