"In humans, we create our world through language. In organisms, the regulation is like a language, with syntax that operates in specific contexts. "
"In fact, I don't believe there is any "master switch". Cellular regulation is like a chain; you break any link and lots of things go wrong. You can call your favorite "link" a "master switch", but it is self-kidding."
METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.