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Date: 1975

"Only small parts of the brain resemble a tabula rasa; this is true even for human beings."

— Wilson, E. O. (b. 1929)

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Date: 1975

"The remainder [of the brain] is more like an exposed negative waiting to be dipped into developer fluid."

— Wilson, E. O. (b. 1929)

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Date: 1975

"The mind works like a garden."

— Hilary Hinton "Zig" Ziglar (1926 - )

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Date: 1975

"In some ways the mind also works like a money bank, but in other ways, it is quite different."

— Hilary Hinton "Zig" Ziglar (1926 - )

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Date: 1976

"They [Marsall McLuhan's ideas] are Turkish baths of the mind."

— Bell, Daniel (1919-2011)

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Date: 1979

"The picture which holds traditional philosophy captive is that of the mind as a great mirror, containing various representations--some accurate, some not--and capable of being studied by pure, non-empirical methods."

— Rorty, Richard (1931-2007)

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Date: September, 1979

"Indeed, some philosophers have thought of intentional mental events as being inner, physical sentence (or symbol) tokens--a sort of brain writing."

— Burge, Tyler (b. 1946)

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Date: 1979

" But they can be sent along the usual channels […] until at some critical point, a "mental faucet" is closed, preventing them from actually being carried out."

— Hofstadter, Douglas (b. 1945)

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Date: 1979

"There's a party in my mind...And it never stops / There's a party up there all the time."

— Byrne, David (b. 1952) and Jerry Harrison (b. 1949) [Talking Heads]

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Date: 1980

"Cause is the cement of the universe; the concept of cause is what holds together our picture of the universe, a picture that would otherwise disintegrate into a diptych of the mental and the physical."

— Davidson, Donald (1917-2003)

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