Friday, May 27, 2005

Grasping metaphors

Grasping metaphors: UC San Diego research ties brain area to figures of speech
“While it would be premature to conclude that the angular gyrus is the ‘metaphor center’ of the human brain, we suggest that the evolution of the dominant angular gyrus contributed enormously to the evolution of many quintessentially human abilities, including metaphorical—and other abstract—thinking,” Ramachandran said.

“Any monkey can reach for a peanut,” he said, “but only a human can reach for the stars or even understand what that means.”

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