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October 20, 2009, is John Dewey’s 150th birthday. Next month, November 24th, is also the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species, a book that helped reorient Dewey’s allegiance from Hegelian “absolutism to [pragmatic] experimentalism.”
The importance of metaphor’s role in poetry, science and religion cannot be overestimated. Metaphor transforms seeing into “seeing as” and, as Thomas Kuhn and others have demonstrated, this is precisely how students learn to be scientists: perceptual associations are adjusted and cultivated to form new habits of observation and thought.
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