"Genius is in-born, may it never be still-born."

"Oysters, irritated by grains of sand, give birth to pearls. Brains, irritated by curiosity, give birth to ideas."

"Brainpower is the bridge to the future; it is what transports you from wishful thinking to willful doing."

"Unless you keep learning & growing, the status quo has no status."

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


An analogy is a device that offers you a perspective from another vantage point, albeit a parallel one.

It allows you to explain yourself from a different angle. An analogy allows your audience to relate to your point of view when something obscure becomes understandable because you peg it to a more common experience.

It is a whole web of metaphors in which a likeness is drawn through parallel structure, as describing the atomic structure in terms of a simple solar system, or a complicated war in terms of a football game.

An analogy is usually used when we are trying to explain something complex and use something familiar as an example.

(“You can imagine an atom as being like our solar system. The nucleus is the sun and the electrons are the planets orbiting round it.”)

Now on to an analogy technique in the Next Post.

[Excerpted from the 'Ideas on Ideas' edition of The Braindancer Series of bookazines by Dilip Mukerjea. All the images in this post are the intellectual property of Dilip Mukerjea.]

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