What does analogical thinking do? Why would we bother to learn this?
Analogical thinking is what we do when we use information from one domain (the source or analogy) to help solve a problem in another domain (the target). Experts often use analogies during the process of problem solving, and analogies have been involved in numerous scientific discoveries. However, studies of novice problem solvers show that they often have difficulty in recognising that one problem can be used to solve another.
-Enhances creative output. –> better output more creative work.
-Source to learn difficult concepts more effectively.
Analogical Reasoning is a Process of reasoning from particular to particular, it derives a conclusion from one’s experience in one or more similar situations. The simplest and most common method of reasoning, it is also most fraught with chances of making a mistake. With deductive reasoning and inductive reasoning, it constitutes the three basic tools of thinking.
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Creative ideas are created in ‘analogical and metaphorical thinking.
Metaphoric thinking is a substitutional mental process in which implicit comparisons are made between qualities of objects which are usually considered in separate classifications. By poetically sensing and analogically developing the hidden connections between these normally separated qualities, the student is able to synthesize new mental constructs as forms that may be called creative. With the great over emphasis in education on making clear, linear, and literal connections, the synthesis of new evocative forms is an important productive thinking skill for all students who hope to do more than memorize information.
By understand and exercising analogical thoughts, one can train themselves to be constantly reviewing and refreshing past contexts or ideas and developing their own whether it be in apply it to a different context or adjusting the original means.
“We “make a connection” between our current problem and a similar or related situation.”
The catch to Analogical thinking is ideas and analogical connection at times may come with ease, when otherwise it may take sufficient research.
Comedy and humour is firmly based around analogical thoughts as they are created upon well-known scenarios, products or things.
During the tutor we took part in a small analogical thinking activity… (Results below)
Consider at least one “creative” answer for each of the following questions.
A) What is the colour of shame and why?
The colour of shame is white because white it lifeless and consuming somewhat like the feeling of shame itself.
B) In what ways can coolness be seen?
Style, Feel, Look, Attitude, Views, Appearance, Availability, Background.
C) How is vandalizing like sticking your finger in a light socket?
When one vandalizes they may do so for personal, creative or destructive purposes. Whatever the background or reasoning the sensation created from partaking in such an act/sport/hobby can be compared to the feeling of getting shocked when putting their finger in a light socket.