"I like to illustrate it this way: Neurotransmiters are like mental mail carriers. Monoamine oxidase is like a big scary watch-dog that keeps eating the mail carriers and thus keeping him from delivering your mail! MAOI's are like a nice big juicy bone that we give to the dog to keep him busy and distracted so that the mail carrier can do his work"
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.