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Date: March 24, 2011

"It [neurology] has all the fascination of a horror story--the Jekyll of the mind bound for life to the Hyde of the brain."

— McGinn, Colin (b. 1950)

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Date: December 11, 2011

"The idea that down in our foundations there lie grubby creatures like desires, or passions, or needs, or culture, is like some nightmarish madwoman in the attic, and induces the same kind of reaction that met Darwin when he too drew attention to our proximity to animals rather than to angels."

— Blackburn, Simon (b. 1944)

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Date: September 17, 2012

"Our modern skulls house a Stone Age mind."

— Gottlieb, Anthony

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Date: September 17, 2012

"This mind is regarded as a set of software modules that were written by natural selection and now constitute a universal human nature. We are, in short, all running apps from Fred Flintstone's not-very-smartphone."

— Gottlieb, Anthony

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Date: July 11, 2014

"Roman streets were populated with Greek slaves; their temples with Greek gods; their minds with Greek ideas."

— Hughes, Bettany (b. 1967)

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Date: July 11, 2014

"Did he feel his mind and morals were mildewed by the miasma of Nero's, and Rome's, mania?"

— Hughes, Bettany (b. 1967)

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Date: July 21, 2014

"Perhaps because Harry's life, on the page and, even more luridly, onscreen, was measured out in highlights, as the plot demanded, whereas Mason is revealed in a string of lowlights, or in those episodes which seem dim and dull at the time, and only later shine in memory's cave."

— Lane, Anthony (b. 1962)

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Date: January 21, 2015

"Why aren't we just brilliant robots, capable of retaining information, of responding to noises and smells and hot saucepans, but dark inside, lacking an inner life?"

— Burkeman, Oliver (b. 1975)

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Date: January 21, 2015

"Evolution might have produced creatures that were atom-for-atom the same as humans, capable of everything humans can do, except with no spark of awareness inside."

— Burkeman, Oliver (b. 1975)

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Date: January 21, 2015

"Yet there's no reason to assume that our brains will be adequate vessels for the voyage towards that answer."

— Burkeman, Oliver (b. 1975)

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