I will begin with a thought experiment. If I mention the years 1688 and then 1772, what do you then visualize? Between these we can put 1745, which is for many of us of special significance. If you think about it for a while, what comes then into your mind? I would guess that you imagine it like a line between 1688 and 1772, the line of life, or the thread of life. Perhaps this line bends and turns, and has a distinct angle at 1745? Am I right? My research on Swedenborg takes its departure from this kind of cognitive phenomenon, that we imagine something in terms of something else. For example “time” is like a line, “life” as a journey, “thinking” as a journey. This is the metaphorical mind. Metaphors have a crucial, central role in the human mind. In this human ability, perhaps no one has reached so far as Swedenborg. In this lecture I will present some of Swedenborg’s metaphors in his early science. The central metaphor is the metaphor of the machine.