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Date: April 23, 2013

"Maybe I’ve been in school too long; doctoral study has a way of turning your head into a never-ending seminar, and I’m now capable of having complicated, inconclusive thoughts about nearly any subject."

— Rothman, Joshua

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Date: July 5, 2014

"And so, while in the past, we turned to Freud's mystic writing pad to think of memory as a palimpsest, burying material under layers of inscription, now we see a memory as a live wire sitting in the psyche waiting for a spark."

— Halberstam, Jack [Judith] (b. 1961)

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Date: March 7, 2014

"For Kaku, the brain is a computer made of meat, and understanding the mind is just a really, really hard engineering problem."

— Frank, Adam (b. 1962)

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Date: March 7, 2014

"Minds made of meat (ours) are just one of Kaku’s concerns."

— Frank, Adam (b. 1962)

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Date: March 7, 2014

"If we treat minds like meat-computers, we may end up in a world where that’s the only aspect of their nature we perceive or value."

— Frank, Adam (b. 1962)

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Date: May 12, 2014

"For a study published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, they imaged the brains of meditators while they went through four basic mental movements: focusing on a chosen target, noticing that their minds had wandered, bringing their minds back to the target, and sustaining their focus there."

— Goleman, Daniel (b. 1946)

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Date: May 19, 2014

"If misinformation can be incorporated so seamlessly into a person's recollection of an event, what becomes of the original memory? Is it completely overwritten, or merely adjusted somehow, layered with a new trace?"

— Specter, Michael (b. 1955)

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Date: December 12, 2014

"It is memories in the ether of our consciousness that last a lifetime, there for us to enjoy again and again."

— Brooks, Arthur C. (b. 1964)

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Date: July 31, 2014

"He prints a few descriptive sentences of a couple walking together from Wharton's 'House of Mirth,' and mentally X-rays them."

— Garner, Dwight (b. 1965)

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Date: March, 2014

"my good mother, // her mind     a trail of crumbs / in a woods flocked with birds."

— Seibles, Tim (b. 1955)

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