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Date: December 31, 2016

"An ancient inner layer [of the brain], inherited from reptiles, was presumed to contain circuits for basic survival. The middle layer, the 'limbic system,' supposedly contained emotion circuitry inherited from mammals."

— Barrett, Lisa Feldman (b. 1963)

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Date: December 31, 2016

"The human brain didn't evolve like a piece of sedimentary rock, with layers of increasing cognitive sophistication slowly accruing over time."

— Barrett, Lisa Feldman (b. 1963)

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Date: December 31, 2016

"Rather (in the words of the neuroscientist Georg Striedter), brains evolve like companies do: they reorganize as they expand."

— Barrett, Lisa Feldman (b. 1963)

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Date: 2016

"The root's hidden and abject form resembles the unsayable aspects of the psyche."

— Wampole, Christy

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Date: January/February, 2017

"Scarier still for those who have never supported Trump is that he just might colonize their brains, too."

— Konnikova, Maria (b. 1984)

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Date: January, 2017

"They bleed -- if not from vaginas then from their sensitive souls."

— Kipnis, Laura (b. July 19, 1956)

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Date: February 7, 2017

"This question just made my brain pixelate, and now the inside of my head's a roaring celebration."

— Smith, Ali (b. August 24, 1962)

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Date: February 18, 2017

"'He lives inside his head, where he runs the same continuous loop of conflict with people he turns into enemies for the purposes of his psychodrama,' says Trump biographer Michael D'Antonio."

— Dowd, Maureen (b. January 14, 1952)

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Date: February 18, 2017

"So we're stuck in Trump's head with him. ... It's a very cluttered place to be, a fine-tuned machine spewing a torrent of chaos, cruelty, confusion, farce and transfixing craziness."

— Dowd, Maureen (b. January 14, 1952)

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Date: February 18, 2017

"Then think of the president's skull, which is stuffed with other humours: insecurity, insincerity, victimhood, paranoia, mockery, self-delusion, suspicion, calculation, illogic, vindictiveness, risk, bullying, alimentiveness, approbativeness, vitativeness. Gall, divided into three parts."

— Dowd, Maureen (b. January 14, 1952)

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