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3. Creativity > 25. Think Analogically

Think Analogically

Use analogies to solve problems and extend old ideas in new directions.

In “Enjoy Good, Clean Memetic Sex” [Hack #26], I compare thinking to sex and explore the consequences of that analogy. However, I don’t explore the process of comparison itself and how to elaborate the analogy derived. Making analogies is an excellent thinking hack, and the techniques for doing so are worth exploration.

Recent studies indicate that much creative thought is the result of cognitive blending—mapping the elements of one idea onto another—a primary form of which is analogy.1 Thinking analogically can help you to create more prolifically,2 and recent advances in formalization of analogical thought mean that you can understand the richness available ever more rigorously.3


  

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