Reading Analogically: On Creativity In David Gelernter’s “The Tides Of Mind”

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“Creative problem solving is widely agreed to center on inventing a new analogy–sometimes called ‘restructuring’ the problem. When you suddenly see a connection between two things you don’t ordinarily speak or think of together, you have the basis of a new analogy, or a creative thought…By comparing a puzzling something with a something else to which it’s never ordinarily compared, you tear an opening in the everyday fabric of mental life and peer through.”
– David Gelernter, The Tides Of Mind, p. 152

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