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Metaphors for NLP & Teaching

54. Knowledge

When Avicenna (Ibn-e-Sina), the great Iranian physician and philosopher, was young, one day he was traveling to another city. He was riding a mule and had all his books loaded on another mule. As it happened he crossed the territory of a band of brigands. The bandits saw the lone rider and the two mules as easy prey and attacked and overcame the hapless scholar. They robbed him of all his belongings and the two mules. Avicenna pleaded with the chief of the outlaws to let him have his books back since they were no use to them, but they were the sum total of his knowledge. As it happens the head bandit was a wise and insightful person and could tell that this young student had much potential. He gave him a single mule and his books back and told him, ""Remember only that knowledge is yours which is contained in your head."" Avicenna headed the thief's advice and was on his way to becoming one of the greatest physicians in the history of humanity.
Main Uses: : Strategies, Talking to the Unconscious
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Notes: I'm not quite sure why I like this story so much. perhaps we rely on the Internet and books too much for our extended cognition, yet it is really only within our own minds that the most important connections can be made unconsciously.

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  1. Sarah

    Hello Dr. Cullen,

    What a great list of metaphors! Thank you for creating this great resource for people to use freely. I was wondering if there would be any way to have each metaphor page set up with a link that says "printable version", or something similar, allowing for easy printing of a particular metaphor?

    Thanks again for setting this up. It is a really useful resource not only for me, but for my students as well.

    All the best to you,

    SJ Marubay

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