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Metaphors are like knives. You can use them to cut yourself and if you throw rocks at them, they fall apart

by Jan Krutisch

Published May 13, 2013 in Programming

Metaphors and analogies are powerful tools to make the indescribable describable and the nonunderstandable understandable.

As with every tool misused, though, they can be dangerous, leading to wrong conclusions or creating unwanted side effects.

By showing a few analogies and metaphors that are commonly used in our field and how taking them too far makes things worse instead of better, I’ll try to show you ways of detecting these fallacies and at the same time drop some serious opinionated shit on your heads, like a pigeon after the third taco. Or something.