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Mind as Physical Space

Under this metaphor, a person's mind is a physical region. Ideas, thoughts, hopes, desires, images, emotions, feelings, etc., or events of thinking, imagining, hoping, desiring, feeling, etc., can lie at various positions in the region, and can move about within it (under their own steam or as a result of being acted upon by other entities).

In many manifestations of the metaphor, particular regions of the region, such as the front, back, sides, top, or depths, can have special significance.

In many other manifestations of the metaphor, no particular part of the region is particularly significant. Instead, for instance, the relative positions of ideas (etc.) may be significant: ideas may be portrayed as being ``far apart'' in the region.


Ideas as Physical Objects