"Self-pollination is like cloning - it works, and given enough time, it allows evolution as errors accumulate, but it loses to cross-pollination as an evolutionary strategy since the latter allows beneficial traits from multiple lines to be combined, rather than requiring all beneficial errors to occur in the same line of descent. "
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.