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Danesi, Marcel. 1990. Thinking is seeing: Visual metaphors and the nature of abstract thought. Semiótica 80 (3-4) : 221–237. 17 pp.
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The type of metaphor that enlists the visual sense modality in the representation of common thinking constitutes an intriguing phenomenon. It suggests, phylogenetically, that abstract thought is traceable to sensorial reflection, especially of a visual nature. This theoretical search probe links such metaphors to iconic cognition, and thus posits a hypothesis for investigating the origins of abstract thought. (Marcel Danesi)