Instead of telling you right away whether this answer is right or wrong, I'd like to have you figure it out with me.
- Write a paragraph summarizing what Cuvier says in your own words.
- Underline the words in your paragraph that show you thinking about how bats "see" by imagining that they have radar or sonar. Here you are using radar and/or sonar as models for whatever mechanism is in bats that prevents them from running into things as they fly.
- Now print out the paragraph from Cuvier.
- Do you find any similar words in it?
The answer to number 4 should be "no" (if you answered "yes," please come to my office, bringing with you both paragraphs, yours and Cuvier's).
Lakoff and Johnson are trying to tell us that the words we use show us how we think. If I say that a bat emits sounds which bounce back to him, the words "emit" and "bounce back" show that I'm thinking about bats as if they had radar or sonar. If I say that a bat senses where he is because drafts of air (or air currents) impress themselves on his face, the word "impress" shows that I'm thinking about bats as if their faces were made of paper and air as if it were type pressing itself into that piece of paper.
Now, go back to assignment 1 and answer the question again.