"Imagine a classical computer (including DNA computers) as being a coin. A coin can either be up or down. A quantum computer is like a ball. The state of the ball is whichever part of the ball is touching the table on which it rests. There are an infinite number of states of the ball, as opposed to 2 states of the coin (up or down). "
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.