When I first read James Geary’s The World in a Phrase, I knew I had found a kindred spirit. Language has always fascinated me and the types of quotes and aphorisms highlighted in Mr. Geary’s book are particularly fascinating. Amidst such golden language resides the metaphor. Lots of them. Metaphors aren’t just an option in our language; they liberally populate the written and spoken word in every aspect of our daily lives.
I think a well-rounded education should include a good understanding of the metaphor. In this talk at TED, James Geary explains the pervasive, influential and vital nature of the metaphor. Enjoy.