“Simplicity and intuitive appeal are also the main reasons why scientific language has never succeeded in “cleansing” itself from metaphorical “impurities,” despite several attempts to do so. Indeed, metaphors appear to be essential to all forms of language and understanding (4). But if scientific language is by necessity to some extent metaphorical, then interpretation of its content depends on the cultural context that generates the metaphors that are used. And here the problems start.” Chew and Laubichler —Perceptions of Science: Natural Enemies–Metaphor or Misconception? (Science)
I’m always annoyed when a news summary doesn’t link to the full text of the academic article being summarized.