"The mirror neurons are like "monkey see monkey do" neurons, and are the source of sympathy and empathy."
"If any metaphor is to be used (as I will do below), the mirror neurons are like nails that hold a house together. They are critical to the structure, but they have little to do with its overall aesthetic or even its functional design."
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.