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Anthropomorphising

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Anthropomorphising We are constantly imposing ourselves in the world. Anthropomorphising is giving human characteristics to nonhuman things. An example would be in the past when a volcano exploded and the Greeks would say, "The gods are angry." They used human emotions to come up with an explanation for why the volcano exploded. I would also call the Greeks way of thinking as metaphor. Metaphor refers to the basic way of thinking or understanding that humans experience. We do this all the time and we have to do it because it is just how we think. That is why I believe we always anthropomorphise. ...read more.

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I think that we are unaware of how much of our language is really from the source domain. Mainly because it is natural and normal for us to hear sayings such as "Life is a long journey. The road of life has many bumps and potholes. I'm not finished with this journey." We often mark our lives and describe things such as going to college as a "new adventure (journey)." In literary arts, the idea of life being a journey is also a major theme. The source domain of space reveals how we see time: "A step back in time. Time's moving too slowly. ...read more.

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Therefore, our basic way of understanding is through anthropomorphising. We even describe monsters such as Frankenstein with human traits. Two eyes, a head, a nose, a mouth, legs and feet are all human characteristics. Why then would something we call a monster have similiar characteristics like ourselves? I think another interesting point is we essentially create these monsters by recognizing them. If we couldn't recognize them, they would be nothing to us and therefore, we wouldn't be afraid of them. For example, there has been some research done about computers and consciousness. How will we know when computers have their own consciousness? I don't think we will be able to recognize it because it will be something completely foreign and nonhuman. Hence, it would go undetected by us. A computer has a completely different body structure compared to humans. ...read more.

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