Three years ago when I got the idea for the Johnny Denovo mysteries, imagining a detective who used underlying metaphors to detect, anticipate, and thwart crimes, I thought I was onto something useful. After all, we are dominated by our brains, so why wouldn’t language and action reveal thought?
Intelligence officials at the Office of Incisive Analysis . . . have determined that metaphors could be of vital significance to national security. By, well, incisively analyzing the way people use metaphors in everyday conversations, they believe they can reveal “underlying beliefs and world views” — such as negative feelings towards a particular country. Now they’re calling on civilian scientists and academics to help them do this automatically using pattern recognition and supercomputers.
Of course, this makes perfect sense. After all, that’s what Johnny Denovo has been doing for years!
(Hat tip to CC for the link.)