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Bipin Indurkhya: On the Role of Metaphor in Creative Cognition. In: Computational Creativity 2010 ICCC 2010. 51-59.



We consider some examples of creativity in a number of diverse cognitive domains like art, science, mathematics, product development, legal reasoning, etc. to articulate an operational account of creative cognition. We present a model of cognition that explains how metaphor creates new insights into an object or a situation. The model is based on assuming that cognition invariably leads to a loss of information and that metaphor can recover some of this lost information. In this model we also contrast the role of traditional analogy (mapping based on existing conceptualization) with the role of metaphor (destroying existing conceptualizations in order to create new conceptualizations).

Extended Abstract


author = {Bipin Indurkhya},
title = {On the Role of Metaphor in Creative Cognition},
editor = {Dan Ventura, Alison Pease, Rafael P ́erez y P ́erez, Graeme Ritchie and Tony Veale},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the First International Conference on Computational Creativity},
series = {ICCC2010},
year = {2010},
month = {January},
location = {Lisbon, Portugal},
pages = {51-59},
url = { http://computationalcreativity.net/iccc2010/papers/indurkhya.pdf, http://computationalcreativity.net/iccc2010/papers/indurkhya.pdf },
publisher = {International Association for Computational Creativity},
keywords = {computational, creativity},

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