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Date: July 26, 2016

"But it is true that she told none of these types of personal anecdotes that help people watching at home form impressions from mental clay."

— Haberman, Maggie (b. 1973)

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Date: August 27, 2016

"Think of the brain as a jam-packed sports arena and the voxels as all the fans"

— Murphy, Kate

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Date: September 12, 2016

"'Ayahuasca takes you to the swampland of your soul,' my friend Tony, a photographer in his late fifties, told me."

— Levy, Ariel (b. 1974)

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Date: September 12, 2016

"Her boyfriend added, 'Consciousness is its own economy.'"

— Levy, Ariel (b. 1974)

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Date: September 12, 2016

"'I thought I had completely fried my motherboard,' he continued. 'I remember saying, ''I will never do this again.''"

— Levy, Ariel (b. 1974)

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Date: September 12, 2016

"'Indigenous prophesies point to an imminent polar reversal that will wipe our hard drives clean,' Daniel Pinchbeck wrote in his exploration of ayahuasca, technology, and Mayan millennialism, '2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl.'"

— Levy, Ariel (b. 1974)

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Date: September 12, 2016

"I was going to visit the swampland of my soul, make peace with death, and become one with the universe."

— Levy, Ariel (b. 1974)

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Date: September 12, 2016

"Any second now, I would be descending into the pit of my being, seeing serpents, experiencing my own death or birth--or something--and I did not necessarily want that to happen in a windowless vomitorium while a millennial in crazy pants had her first psychotic episode."

— Levy, Ariel (b. 1974)

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Date: September 18, 2016

"Deep in the night, those warnings scuttle around my mind like rats."

— Kennedy, Pagan (b. 1963)

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Date: September 18, 2016

"In the red glare of the digital clock, my brain rattled its cage."

— Kennedy, Pagan (b. 1963)

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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.