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Metaphor

The Power of Story and Metaphor

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

We all have our story -- and our story is us. Our past is brought carried into our present, and it becomes our companion in the future as well. Our life becomes richer and more fulfilling when we learn that our story is simply that -- a story.

Thank God the Archbishop Has Doubts

Alan Jones | Posted 11.30.2014 | Religion
Alan Jones

The archbishop of Canterbury recently admitted that he sometimes has doubts about God. Thank God! We could only wish that more religious leaders had some doubts and expressed them honestly.

Dare to Be 100: Exercise as Rheostat

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 08.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

I am a lifelong fervent advocate for the intrinsic value of physical fitness for the world's biggest health challenges, globesity and aging. I always ...

Quotation Maven Mardy Grothe Never Metaphor He Didn't Like

Michael Sigman | Posted 03.03.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

If Dr. Mardy Grothe has anything to say about it, your search for the perfect metaphor may be (almost) over. You might say Grothe, who launched the o...

Merry Christmas! "Welcome to Las Vegas! A Faith-Based community!"

Alan Jones | Posted 01.31.2014 | Religion
Alan Jones

Politics, cosmology, culture - all provide the story-line and dialogue for our movie. The cultural movie we're all in tends to assume a mechanistic view of the universe.

Watch: Zombie Politics and Casino Capitalism

Bill Moyers | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

In his book, Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism, Henry Giroux connects the dots to prove his theory that our current system is informed by a "machinery of social and civil death" that chills "any vestige of a robust democracy."

Your Metaphor Is Misleading Me

Denise Cummins, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Denise Cummins, Ph.D.

When Federal Reserve Chief Ben Bernanke appeared on 60 Minutes to persuade us to bail out the banking system, he didn't bother with charts, figures or lengthy argument. Instead, he used something far more powerful: Analogy and metaphor.

Damned Spot: Guilt, Scrubbing, and More Guilt

Wray Herbert | Posted 05.26.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

So far, the "Lady Macbeth Effect" has been mostly a curiosity -- a peek at the quirkiness of the not-entirely-rational human mind. But might this scientific insight actually be clinically useful? Tel Aviv University psychological scientist Reuven Dar and his colleagues thought that it might.

Call Them 'Unauthorized'

Dan Kowalski | Posted 02.28.2012 | Politics
Dan Kowalski

The only thing that matters is whether, and when, we enact meaningful, and comprehensive, immigration reform. Toward that end, let's use language that's helpful rather than harmful.

What's Your Metaphor? Shape Shifting in 2012

Mark Matousek | Posted 03.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark Matousek

We all use different metaphors, of course -- they may shift back and forth in a single day. But we also have our core images, the metaphors that really stick, sometimes long after their due date expires.

Don't Believe the Hype About U.S. Debt

Sally Kohn | Posted 07.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

If the U.S. were borrowing anywhere near as much as Chase bank, we'd have legitimate reason to worry. But in general, borrowing money is necessary to invest in the future.

Red Lenses on a Rainbow of Revolutions

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Cynthia Boaz

Reposted from OpenDemocracy.net, series on Civil Resistance and the New Global Ferment Given continued strikes in Iran and the freeing of Aung San S...

Therapy and the Writer

Judith D. Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Judith D. Schwartz

When I told people I was training to become a therapist the reaction typically was, "That will help you so much as a writer." Actually, it turned out to be the opposite: being a writer helped me as a therapist.

A Good Week for Science (Or, What Eating Worms Reveals About Politics)

George Lakoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Lakoff

In one experiment, the strength of blink reflexes to unexpected noises was measured and correlated with degrees of reactions to external threats. Conservatives reacted considerably more strongly than liberals.

What's in a Word?

Jon Foreman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jon Foreman

In many ways, words are metaphors pointing to the objects they represent.