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Date: 1904

"When you wish to instruct be brief, that men's minds may take in quickly what you say, learn its lesson, and retain it faithfully. Every word that is unnecessary only pours over the side of the brimming mind."

— T.H.L.L.

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Date: 1966

"His mind works like a stopped clock, and the time is half-past McKinley."

— Author Unknown

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Date: 1968

"Like a clock whose hands are sweeping / Past the minutes of its face, / And the world is like an apple / Whirling silently in space, / Like the circles that you find / In the windmills of your mind!"

— Bergman, Alan (b. 1925) and Marilyn Bergman [née Keith] (b.1929)

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Date: March 31, 2009

"Brains have long been compared to the most advanced existing technology--including, at one point, telephone switchboards."

— Aamodt, Sandra; Wang, Sam

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Date: March 31, 2009

"Today people talk about brains as if they were a sort of biological computer, with pink mushy 'hardware' and 'software' generated by life experiences."

— Aamodt, Sandra; Wang, Sam

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Date: March 31, 2009

"Our colleague David Linden has compared the evolutionary history of the brain to the task of building a modern car by adding parts to a 1925 Model T that never stops running."

— Aamodt, Sandra; Wang, Sam

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Date: March 31, 2009

"As smart as we are, in this sense we are all dim bulbs."

— Aamodt, Sandra; Wang, Sam

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Date: March 31, 2009

"We use emotions, the brain's steersman, to assign value to our experiences and to future possibilities, often allowing us to evaluate potential outcomes efficiently and rapidly when information is uncertain."

— Aamodt, Sandra; Wang, Sam

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Date: March 19, 2011

"A chalkboard is a lot like memory: often jumbled, unorganized and sloppy. Even after it's erased, there are traces of everything that's been written on it."

— Anonymous

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Date: April 21, 2014

"The tools of optogenetics are allowing scientists to perform the neuroscientific equivalent of "Chopsticks" in the brains of laboratory animals--to find and control, for example, neurons that control a kind of aggression in fruit flies."

— Anonymous

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