chemistry of life
'The chemistry of life is like poetry,' says Phillip Manning, a palaeontologist at the University of Manchester in the UK. 'By the time it's been buried for a few million years that poetry is still there, it's just hard to read.' To continue his analogy, all that remains of the biochemical poetry that determines colour are a few fragmented sentences and jumbled letters. Trying to rebuild these into something that makes sense is by no means easy.
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.