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In contemporary linguistics and cognitive science, '''conceptual metaphors''' are neurally-implemented mappings between concrete [[domain of discourse|domains of discourse]] (often related to our body and perception) and more abstract domains. These are a well-known source of [[bias]] and are often exploited in the [[Dark Arts]].
 
In contemporary linguistics and cognitive science, '''conceptual metaphors''' are neurally-implemented mappings between concrete [[domain of discourse|domains of discourse]] (often related to our body and perception) and more abstract domains. These are a well-known source of [[bias]] and are often exploited in the [[Dark Arts]].
  
For instance, [[wikipedia:George Lakoff|George Lakoff]] has documented the effect of political metaphors, which tend to map government to a "nurturing mother" or an "authoritarian father".
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The conceptual metaphor "ARGUMENT is WAR" is frequently discussed at Less Wrong, since it is at the core of the Western [[adversarial system]] of debate.  It is reflected in such statements as "I ''won'' that argument", "His position is ''indefensible''", "He ''shot down'' my claim", "His criticisms were ''right on target''" and the like.
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Similarly, [[wikipedia:George Lakoff|George Lakoff]] has documented the effect of political metaphors, which tend to map government to a "nurturing mother" or an "authoritarian father".
  
 
==Related concepts==
 
==Related concepts==
 
 
*[[Mind projection fallacy]]
 
*[[Mind projection fallacy]]
 
*[[Affect heuristic]]
 
*[[Affect heuristic]]

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In contemporary linguistics and cognitive science, conceptual metaphors are neurally-implemented mappings between concrete domains of discourse (often related to our body and perception) and more abstract domains. These are a well-known source of bias and are often exploited in the Dark Arts.

The conceptual metaphor "ARGUMENT is WAR" is frequently discussed at Less Wrong, since it is at the core of the Western adversarial system of debate. It is reflected in such statements as "I won that argument", "His position is indefensible", "He shot down my claim", "His criticisms were right on target" and the like.

Similarly, George Lakoff has documented the effect of political metaphors, which tend to map government to a "nurturing mother" or an "authoritarian father".

Related concepts