"Trying to figure out how planets form is like reading a mystery novel, said Douglas Lin, an astrophysicist at the University of California, Santa Cruz. "If you read Agatha Christie for the first time, very often you jump to conclusions based on a limited number of facts. That is sort of the way we are attacking nature." Lin smiles. "Nature is much more imaginative than we are." "
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.