"Bipolar disease is more like asthma-chronic, but usually controllable if you take the medicine-and schizophrenia is like lung cancer. Catch it early and it might not ruin your life."
"Schizophrenia is like a marble statue: there is a natural core but the shape has been chiseled out by the scientific community."
"Already suffused with cultural imagery, schizophrenia is like a sponge that absorbs new meanings with the passage of time."
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.