--- A Note to Teachers: Analogies are powerful tools in developing Critical Thinking Skills, across all media and subject areas.

They are not limited to Science or Literature, they are fundamental to human cognition.

Explore the wikipedia links enclosed and you will be amazed at the range of Personal and Professional Development that analogies

contribute to...


Analogy plays a significant role in:

1. problem solving

2. decision making

3. perception

4. memory

5. creativity

6. emotion

7. explanation

8. communication

It lies behind basic tasks such as the identification of places, objects and people, for example, in face perception and

facial recognition systems. It has been argued that Analogy is "The Core of Cognition".

Specific analogical language comprises exemplification, comparisons, metaphors, similes, allegories, and parables.

Phrases like "and so on", "and the like", "as if", and the very word "like" also rely on an analogical understanding.

Analogy is important not only in ordinary language and common sense

(where proverbs and idioms give many examples of its application)

but also in science, philosophy and the humanities.

The concepts of association, comparison, correspondence, metaphor, resemblance, and similarity are closely related to analogy.

Analogy has been studied and discussed since classical antiquity by philosophers, scientists and lawyers.

The last few decades have shown a renewed interest in analogy, most notable in cognitive science.

Verbal Analogies: Guide and Practice Pages


Art Project: Visual Analogies

Take two or more pictures of objects, people, places, etc. and put them "together" in one picture that you create.

You can do this by drawing your own pictures or using magazines, printed online pictures, etc. Any way you like...

The pictures can have a familiar "association", like foods or animals or similar places; or you can choose pictures that are Not usually

associated together and put them together to see what Effect they have in making your picture art.

Have Fun and See what happens...

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