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<Brennen> Ok, so there is a certain cast of mind that views the strong form of allegorical storytelling as a very useful way to reason and convey truth about the world. (In America, this all has something to do with New Testament parables, George Orwell, and novels where Jesus is a magical lion.)

The problem with this is that, while analogies and conceptual metaphors are probably vital to the human thought process - and in writing/speech they're often how we get a handle on patterns and recurring themes - allegories frequently assert the status of physical facts and objective happenings for the symbols they contain, then ask us to draw conclusions about the things they symbolize based on the course of a narrative.

This tends towards bogosity and manipulation of the reader/listener.

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last edited January 12, 2012