Introducing analogies

In this video, an analogy is made between ants and safety pins, shuttles and glue guns.

Analogies in argument

Professor David Nutt made a controversial analogy between the dangers of taking ecstasy and those of horse riding. Here he defends his argument.

This link also takes you an animation of a famous controversial analogy used to try to prove the existence of God – the Watchmaker Analogy.

Thought experiments

Thought experiments are extended analogies used for the hypothetical examination of an idea. This video gives several good examples.

Exercise in analogies

What are the two things being compared in the video below? How are they claimed to be similar, and how far is the similarity relevant to the implied argument?