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Date: June 18, 2015

"This was not an unthinkable act. A man may have had a rat's nest for a mind, but it was well thought out. It was a cool, considered crime, as well planned as any bank robbery or any computer fraud."

— Pierce, Charles P. (b. 1953)

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Date: June 3, 2015

"After the first two months, my feelings tsunami subsided."

— Sicha, Choire

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Date: July 3, 2015

"Our conversations with Mr. Docter and his team were generally about the science related to questions at the heart of the film: How do emotions govern the stream of consciousness? How do emotions color our memories of the past?"

— Keltner, Dacher, and Paul Ekman

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Date: June 27, 2015

"Descartes thought that the brain was a kind of hydraulic pump, propelling the spirits of the nervous system through the body."

— Marcus, Gary (b. 1970)

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Date: June 27, 2015

"Freud compared the brain to a steam engine."

— Marcus, Gary (b. 1970)

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Date: June 27, 2015

"The neuroscientist Karl Pribram likened it to a holographic storage device."

— Marcus, Gary (b. 1970)

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Date: June 27, 2015

"Many neuroscientists today would add to this list of failed comparisons the idea that the brain is a computer -- just another analogy without a lot of substance."

— Marcus, Gary (b. 1970)

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Date: June 27, 2015

"Often, when scientists resist the idea of the brain as a computer, they have a particular target in mind, which you might call the serial, stored-program machine."

— Marcus, Gary (b. 1970)

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Date: June 27, 2015

"If the brain is not a serial algorithm-crunching machine, though, what is it?"

— Marcus, Gary (b. 1970)

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Date: June 27, 2015

"Although my colleagues and I don't literally think that the brain is a field programmable gate array, our suggestion is that the brain might similarly consist of highly orchestrated sets of fundamental building blocks, such as "computational primitives" for constructing sequences, retrieving inf...

— Marcus, Gary (b. 1970)

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