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A connotation explosion is a technique for generating useful frames and analogies for concepts we would like to be more available. A search of the connotations is brainstormed and used to generate analogies that might share some common causal structure. For example, applying the concept to itself might yield a seeding, pruning, and flower arranging metaphor whereby the original term is a seed, which we grow into a bunch of related concepts, followed by pruning off the ones that seem promising and either repeating the process or arranging what we have into an appropriate description.

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