Share Learning Analogies


Have an Analogy that has helped students grasp an idea or process?

The assumption of the creators of is that EVERYONE to some degree, has the capacity for associative cognition. Therefore, there is a good chance that every teacher on the planet has at least 1 and probably more analogies that they use to help explain a difficult subject to their students. The goal is to help teachers and writers reference and share those thoughts. The ultimate result is a web-site that helps students and other teachers learn and assimlate material that would otherwise be too diffiuclt to grasp in an efficient way.

The site is a simple 2-tiered system. If you register your entry goes right into the live dataset. If you do not want to sign up for an account, you can submit through a form that requires no registration. However, all entries submitted without registration are reviewed before being put into the live database. This,hopefully, will keep the spam to a minimum. This scheme is not rigid. It, mostly likely, will be modified based on constructive user feedback.

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Example Entries

  1. DNA as a a twisted ladder......
  2. Tectonic Plates as cracked cake icing....
  3. Cell membrane compared with an Oreo cookie...
  4. oxygen and oxidation are like paint stripper..
  5. The interaction of a charged object and an electric field is like ocean waves and....
  6. Modern Art as Roy Lichtenstein's Bull Series...
  7. Infinity is like the Olympic Games ...
  8. Submit Your Own Your Name Here
  1. Things to remember when using the submission form:
  2. There is no size limit for the text portion, but keep it pithy, see the examples
  3. The AnalogyA field is very important: The value in this field clusters like entries on the same page for the benefit of the users.
  4. For Example: A list of Analogies about analogies

Useful Articles, Videos and Links

Youtube- Lecture by Douglas Hofstadter About Analogy And Human Cognition

Text Summary Of Lecture By Douglas Hofstadter About Analogy

The Cognitive Science Page at Stanford

A short Discussion Of Analogy In The Context Of Cognitive Science

Norman Herr, Ph.D.California State University, Northridge. Excellent Summary Of This Type of Teaching Method

The Wikipedia Article on Conceptual Metaphor(An Analogy is like a conceptual metaphor)

An academic paper that relates cognition to the immune system

The role of analogy in teaching science (Using comprehensible english)-Charles M. Weller-c.1970

A study teaching electricity with and without analogy

Searching for Humanities Analogies by Associating Proper Names with Associated Concepts

A Paper that describes using analogical inference to search for novel concepts

A database in which users input simple sentences to help the computer learn common sense

A page with a list of links to learning analogies

Automatically Retrieving Explanatory Analogies from Webpages

Automatically Retrieving Explanatory Analogies from Webpages Google Books

METANet: The Metaphor Repository and Identification Pipeline

METANet:The Metaphor List

Green Venn Diagram

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.