Metaphors involve immense explanatory power and positive impact predominantly in the scientific education and popularization. Still the use of metaphors in science might be a double-edged sword. Introduction of the computer metaphor to many scientific fields in the last century resulted in reductionist approaches, oversimplifications and mechanistic explanations in science as well as in humanities. In this short commentary we developed further the computer metaphor by prof. Noble and the illusions this metaphor led to in genetics, linguistics and consequently DNA linguistics.
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This work was supported by project Sinophone Borderlands: Interaction at the Edges, n. CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/16_019/0000791.
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Bolshoy, A., Lacková, Ľ. Illusions of Linguistics and Illusions of Modern Synthesis: Two Parallel Stories. Biosemiotics 14, 115–119 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12304-021-09429-9