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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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Date: June 27, 2015

"Identifying those building blocks, we believe, could be the Rosetta stone that unlocks the brain."

— Marcus, Gary (b. 1970)

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Date: June 27, 2015

"If neurons are akin to computer hardware, and behaviors are akin to the actions that a computer performs, computation is likely to be the glue that binds the two."

— Marcus, Gary (b. 1970)

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Date: June 27, 2015

"If the heart is a biological pump, and the nose is a biological filter, the brain is a biological computer, a machine for processing information in lawful, systematic ways."

— Marcus, Gary (b. 1970)

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Date: June 27, 2015

"The sooner we can figure out what kind of computer the brain is, the better."

— Marcus, Gary (b. 1970)

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Date: June 30, 2015

"I already feel too governed from the inside of my anxious heart, which doesn't make, as my grandmother certainly knew, the best choices."

— Cobb, Michael L.

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Date: August, 22, 2015

"Partial images slide through my mind, a scattering of words spoken. Neurobiologists say that memory isn’t the replay of a video camera, but instead a pastiche of neuronal fragments gathered from here and there, wandering smells, oddly cut visual scraps, translucent experiences laid on top of one...

— Lightman, Alan (b. 1948)

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Date: August, 22, 2015

"Some philosophers claim that we know nothing of the external world outside our minds--nothing compared to what sways in our minds, in the long, twisting corridors of memory, the vast mental rooms with half-open doors, the ghosts chattering beneath the chandeliers of imagination."

— Lightman, Alan (b. 1948)

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Date: August, 22, 2015

"And the billions of neurons go spinning their tales."

— Lightman, Alan (b. 1948)

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Date: August, 21, 2015

"But this summer, 'The New Yorker' published a piece that wrapped old news in new terror. And what had been buried in the recesses of Northwestern minds suddenly flared."

— Egan, Timothy (b. 1954)

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