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In a discussion of the Morphology of the Impulses his Psychology Notes Vol 1 Silo writes: "Allegories are plastically-transformed narrations, in which what is diverse is fixed or there is multiplication by allusion; but also where the abstract is made concrete. The multiplicative nature of allegories has to do with the associative process of the consciousness."

In lesson 27 of Luis Ammann's Self Liberation we read "An allegory is a concentration of many associations into a single represented object. This is quite distinct from objects which arise through simple association where the next object derives from the previous one without either object losing its original identity."

I first heard Silo explain the morphology of impulses where he distinguished symbol, sign and allegory and their function in 1974 in a lengthy conversation with a small group gathered in a Mexico City cafe. A transcription of my personal notes can be found here.