Can we compare any random concepts? Let’s try doing it with two objects.
|moves (with human intervention)||doesn’t move|
|dangerous in multiple ways||relatively safe object|
|large and heavy||skinny|
|sort of portable||portable|
|solid and stable||easily broken|
How are they similar:
- man made tools
- enhance human life fundamentally ( fast movement and amplifying thought)
- requires precise hand control
- could be used as devices to hurt others
- could be used as devices to help others (as an ambulance or write a recommendation letter)
They seem to have more differences than similarities. They both share a similarity that is of great importance, both have had fundamental changes on human life.
Can I compare an abstract concept with an object? How about a cup vs “courage”
|hard material||hard to have|
|everyday object||infrequently seen|
|contains liquids||overcome fears|
It was hard to compare a cup with courage, but there are aspects to contrast and compare. Both act as a type of barrier. A cup acts as a physical barrier to contain liquids while courage acts as a barrier to keep fear away.
How about comparing 2 abstract concepts. Lets try “homework” and “enemy”
|sometimes painful||negative feeling|
|a process or object||object(usually a person)|
|usually hate, some people like it||always negative|
It was difficult to compare homework with an enemy.
I wrote this up as an exercise to think about how the mind may look at different concepts. I think I learned that while many seemingly unrelated concepts can be compared, many can’t be compared. I wonder how a word2vec or other type of machine learning model would compare these concepts.