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Metaphors can kill. The discourse over whether to go to war in the gulf was a panorama of metaphor. Secretary of State Baker saw Saddam Hussein as “sitting on our economic lifeline.” President Bush portrayed him as having a “stranglehold” on our economy. General Schwarzkopf characterized the occupation of Kuwait as a “rape” that was ongoing. The President said that the US was in the gulf to “protect freedom, protect our future, and protect the innocent”, and that we had to “push Saddam Hussein back.” Saddam Hussein was painted as a Hitler. It is vital, literally vital, to understand just what role metaphorical thought played in bringing us in this war.

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“”In recent years the P2P Foundation has become the dominion of a single man: its founder Michel Bauwens. Despite its stated commitment to the “commons”, under Bauwens’ direction the P2P Foundation has increasingly come to represent an understanding of the commons as a place of white privilege and punitive male fragility.”

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Humans are programmed to think we’re right at all costs. Fighting that instinct will set you free. Source: How to Get Better at Admitting You’re Wrong – The Atlantic And so much more How to Build a Life A column about pointing yourself toward happiness by Arthur C. Brooks

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BUT – in order to capture the attention of the public, we have to find a way to provoke the debates we should be having, and that means figuring out how to frame our issues, how to push the right buttons with hope instead of hate and with mutual support instead of fear. We can’t repeat the process of what the corporate/religious right-wing has done over the past fifty years, we have to reverse it.

-Antonia Scatton-

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An overview of the basics of metaphorical thought and language from the perspective
of Neurocognition, the integrated interdisciplinary study of how conceptual thought and
language work in the brain. The paper outlines a theory of metaphor circuitry and
discusses how everyday reason makes use of embodied metaphor

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