The danger of metaphor

I have a thing for metaphors – not only do they make language more interesting, but may also be at the core of our lives, shaping our perception and conceptualization of every situation.  One great study showed how metaphors can shape our reasoning- the researchers found that framing a city’s crime problem as either a virus or a beast systematically influenced participants’ suggestions of how to deal with the problem. This comic gives another example of metaphor getting in the way of communication:

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