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Analogy and its applications

  1. Jan 7, 2005 #1
    Analogy can be considered as one of the idea-generating techniques. Can you describe how analogy influence the idea-generation and its application?
  2. jcsd
  3. Jan 7, 2005 #2

    I can tell you though that in my experience analogies can help explain things that are otherwise too new or complex to understand, but the main pitfalls are where either the analogy doesn't really fit, thus distorts rather than elucidates, or when it is extended until it no longer fits.
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