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Date: 1997

"Please could you stop the noise / I'm trying to get some rest / From all the unborn chicken voices in my head."

— Radiohead [Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Colin Greenwood, and Phil Selway]

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Date: February 20, 2000

"I sometimes fancy that various archetypal situations circled tirelessly in Hitchcock's mind, like whales in a tank at the zoo."

— Ebert, Roger (1942-2013)

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Date: 2000

"Reactions react to reactions like worms impaling themselves more deeply on the hooks they try to escape."

— Edward St. Aubyn (b. 1960)

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Date: 2000

"As I breathed in I could feel my consciousness expanding along a glistening spider's web of total connectedness and as I exhaled it accordioned back into the tropical richness of my body, the streams and rivers of my blood."

— Edward St. Aubyn (b. 1960)

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Date: 2002

"Your mind works like a spider building an intricate web."

— Templeton, John, Sir (1912-2008)

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Date: 2002

"Spiders swing through my heart."

— Wright, Charles (b. 1935)

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Date: 2005

"It was as though my memories were pigeons and the accident a big noise that had scared them off."

— McCarthy, Tom (b. 1969)

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Date: 2006

"The reptile brain, creeping out to sun itself."

— Powers, Richard (b. 1957)

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Date: 2006

"Weber still saw the rarest of butterflies, fluttering mind, its paired wings pinned to the film in obscene detail."

— Powers, Richard (b. 1957)

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Date: 2006

"A camel, that's what you are. A camel of consciousness."

— Powers, Richard (b. 1957)

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