Thoughts on the use of Analogies in Understanding and Solving Complex Problems, Muthafuckaz
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We need to be able to solve a great number of problems that are very hard to understand. One way in which we can build an understanding of these is through analogy. There are situations in which ...

We need to be able to solve a great number of problems that are very hard to understand. One way in which we can build an understanding of these is through analogy. There are situations in which analogies can be a powerful way of building an accurate conceptual model of a problem or system. They can help provide the ingenuity necessary to solve today's difficult problems. However, analogies can be themselves problematic, even harmful. There may also be things so intangible that they are beyond human understanding.

From the Un-Distinguished Lecture Series (http://ws.cs.ubc.ca/~udls/). The talk was given Jun. 13, 2008.

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  • 1. THE USE OF ON THOUGHTS ANALOGIES IN UNDERSTANDING AND SOLVING COMPLEX PROBLEMS, MUTHAFUCKAZ Lucas Rizoli • 2008-08-13
  • 2. ANALOGY
  • 3. Colour : Spectrum :: Tone : _____
  • 4. Colour : Spectrum :: Tone : Scale
  • 5. Worship : Sacrifice :: Prediction : ______
  • 6. Worship : Sacrifice :: Prediction : Augury
  • 7. KINDA metaphor simile allegory parable
  • 8. analogy fundamental mechanism of thought
  • 9. COMPLEX
  • 10. NOT REALLY execution time space requirements compressability state probability
  • 11. COMPLICATED
  • 12. COMPLEX SYSTEMS
  • 13. disorganized lots of parts organized emergence
  • 14. COMPLEX PROBLEMS
  • 15. connections nothing simple large scale great benefit and risk
  • 16. mo’ problems e.g. environment need ingenuity smart solutions
  • 17. Quantity → Ingenuity available Time →
  • 18. Quantity → Ingenuity required Ingenuity available Time →
  • 19. Ingenuity gap Quantity → Ingenuity required Ingenuity available Time →
  • 20. USE OF ANALOGIES TO UNDERSTAND AND SOLVE PROBLEMS
  • 21. “IT’S LIKE…”
  • 22. NOW YOU TRY IT
  • 23. n ! le s to : t! le hi p s m h a O Ex
  • 24. Tumour
  • 25. Radioactive Ray Gun
  • 26. IT’S intuitive intelligible inexpensive interdisciplinary
  • 27. ANALOGY IS MISLEADING
  • 28. SERIES OF TUBES
  • 29. “If you can’t say it clearly, you don’t understand it yourself.”
  • 30. info ain’t physical why the shelves? new interaction search, tags…
  • 31. INTANGIBLES
  • 32. limits of mind generalization is weakness
  • 33. embodied abstract notions in concrete terms
  • 34. IMAGE CREDITS ALL IMAGES USED WITHOUT PERMISSION [Karl Duncker] MANY AVAILABLE UNDER CREATIVE COMMONS http://www.yuanlizhuang.com/pic/duncker.jpg [Screenshot of quot;Starcraftquot;] http://planetstarcraft.gamespy.com/screenshots/full_res.php?ss=100 [Douglas Hofstadter] Bike Wheel by Will Pate http://www.nndb.com/people/990/000023921/Hofstadter2.jpg http://flickr.com/photos/willpate/19968404/ Clock- Simplicity vs. Complexity by Aaron Geller Magic Greenhouse by Ian-S http://flickr.com/photos/aarongeller/360135019/ http://flickr.com/photos/ian-s/1093732536/ My Blood by Mussels Netting by oberazzi (Tim O'Brien) http://flickr.com/photos/mussels/1445354267/ http://flickr.com/photos/oberazzi/2044470902/ Mecca Visit June 2008 - 10 by Ammar Abd Rabbo Senator Ted Stevens http://flickr.com/photos/21499556@N04/2568932694/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Ted_Stevens.jpg Super Typhoon Cimaron Image by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Classic Mickey Mouse Wallpaper Center (NASA) [via pingnews.com] http://www.disneyexperience.com/downloads/wallpapers/mickeystar_1600.jpg http://flickr.com/photos/pingnews/298165549/ [John Searle] [Warren Weaver] http://globetrotter.berkeley.edu/people/Searle/images/Searle3.jpg http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/specialcollections/coll/pauling/blood/pictures/people/people-weaver.jpg Apple Macintosh Desktop AIDS is Burning Up Africa by A L E M U S H http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Apple_Macintosh_Desktop.png http://flickr.com/photos/zerihoun/230182039/ [David Weinberger] Time to Fill Up by JoshMcConnell http://yuiblog.com/assets/weinberger.jpg http://flickr.com/photos/joshmcconnell/423630499/ Deep Space (courtesy of NASA) by John Griffiths Jökulsárlón [Glacier] by Pétur Gauti http://flickr.com/photos/indieflickr/568374062/ http://flickr.com/photos/peturgauti/1642076217/ E8 Detail by jared [James Burke] http://flickr.com/photos/generated/2056145757/ http://www.oswego.edu/news/images/large/jamesburkeweb.jpg Dice Another Day by topher76 [Thomas Homer-Dixon] http://flickr.com/photos/topher76/293277608/ http://www.wordsworthbooks.com/homerdixon_thomas.-newjpg.jpg Hourglasses by Shannon Hosmer [UA232 Post-crash] http://flickr.com/photos/51955798@N00/1462117687/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:UA232postcrash.jpg [Alexis de Tocqueville] [Geordi La Forge and Wesley Crusher investigate a mysterious radiation burn of unknown origin. (TNG: quot;A http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Alexis_de_tocqueville.jpg Matter of Perspectivequot;)] http://www.memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Image:Deck39RadiationBurn.jpg System X - Xserve G5 supercomputing cluster by CipherSwarm http://flickr.com/photos/cipherswarm/2414578731/ [Geordi La Forge with Engineering scanner (TNG: quot;Tin Manquot;) (screen capture by Jörg)] http://www.ex-astris-scientia.org/inconsistencies/props/scanner1-scanner-tinman.jpg Airline Tele-Dial Radio by The Rocketeer http://flickr.com/photos/kt/249301268/ [Brian Butler] http://psyc.queensu.ca/faculty/butler/brian.jpg Adam Resurrected [Jeff Goldblum] by Howie_Berlin http://flickr.com/photos/howie_berlin/385039799/
  • 35. MORE CREDITS ALL GOOD IDEAS WERE SOMEONE ELSE’S ALL BAD IDEAS TOO Analogies taken from the ETS GRE Sample Analogies http://www.ets.org/portal/site/ets/menuitem.1488512ecfd5b8849a77b13bc3921509/ Apologies to Jeff Goldblum. I love your work, man. Apologies to y'all muthafukaz too. You know you're not.