Re: virus: Thoughts and Metaphors

Eva-Lise Carlstrom (
Mon, 17 Mar 1997 00:05:11 -0800 (PST)

On Sat, 15 Mar 1997, Corey A. Cook wrote:

> Eve has given me a lot to think about these last few days, and here's
> what I've got so far.
> I began to search for more metaphors dealing with ideas and concepts. I
> found one area of metaphors that Eve didn't mention: the idea that ideas
> are linear, or non-linear. "Put it on the back burner." "Sleep on it."
> are examples of non-linear thinking. But there are also metaphors that
> indicate that thought are linear: "Never Whistle While You're Pissing"
> is a good example. So the thought occured to me: which metaphor is
> right? Are thoughts linear, or non-linear? Or are they both?
> Just wondering.


To be less flip, I'd say, personally, that some thought processes are more
'linear' than others, and 'linearity' or 'nonlinearity' is not a dualistic
property of thought in general.

Which is true: 'Many hands make light work' or 'Too many cooks spoil the
broth'? Depends on the project and the people.

who is neither Eve nor George Lakoff, but will answer to some surprising
names nonetheless