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Date: March 17, 2012

"It forces the brain to resolve internal conflict, giving the mind a workout that strengthens its cognitive muscles."

— Bhattacharjee, Yudhijit

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Date: May 7, 2012

"The fear gets released later on, while I'm falling asleep and near-misses replay themselves in my mind's eye like an endless computer game fraught with constant hazards, in which I'm a disembodied Steadicam hurtling through busy city streets at the same speed something falls, pedestrians appeari...

— Kreider, Tim (b. 1967)

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Date: August 2012

"My father tried turning his thoughts into a substitute immune system."

— Roth, Marco (b. 1974)

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Date: April 12, 2013

"All of which goes to show that the real 'eye' of the beholder is the brain itself."

— Kandel, Eric R. (b. 1929)

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Date: May 12, 2014

"Now a growing stream of research suggests that strengthening this mental muscle, usually with exercises in so-called mindfulness, may help children and adults cope with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and its adult equivalent, attention deficit disorder."

— Goleman, Daniel (b. 1946)

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Date: May 7, 2014

"You learn to keep your mental body armor handy to protect against sudden attacks -- providing precious seconds to collect yourself and fight back."

— Armeni, Damon T.

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Date: May 7, 2014

"This is the day I dream of, when the scars in my mind, like those on my body, will be nothing more than a reminder of darker days."

— Armeni, Damon T.

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Date: May 7, 2014

"Americans must know that the scars from PTSD are very real and in many ways, more painful than the ones caused by bullets or shrapnel."

— Armeni, Damon T.

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Date: December 20, 2014

"Further, just as the human stomach -- unlike the termite's -- can't digest wood, so there are some things our brains just aren't capable of knowing."

— Kaplan, Eric

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Date: March, 2014

"Culture: a kind of knife: / cuts one way     opens / your brain to a certain / breed of light     shaves / consciousness to its // purpose, its cross."

— Seibles, Tim (b. 1955)

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