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Date: October 14, 2011

"So what’s the right way to think about the brain? Like a piece of software stuck in permanent beta, it has its share of bugs, but its plasticity allows for frequent updates."

— Charbris, Christopher F. (b. 1966)

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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: May 3, 2012

"A brain is not a computer. We are not blank hard drives waiting to be filled with data."

— Brooks, David (b. 1961)

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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: November 21, 2012

"I've come to believe that a good cry is like a carwash for the soul."

— Hayes, Bill

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Date: February 16, 2012

"Kids who have ample mental horsepower, an incredible work ethic and no idea what to do next."

— Klein, Ezra (b. May 9, 1984)

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Date: September 27, 2012

"The conservative mind, a repository of fresh ideas just two decades ago, is now little more than a click-click slide projector holding a tray of apocalyptic images of modern life that keeps spinning around, raising the viewer’s fever with every rotation."

— Lilla, Mark (b. 1956)

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Date: April 9, 2013

"As I scan the statements of my memory bank for early deposits (it'd be a kid's memory bank account at a neurological NatWest where you're encouraged to become a greedy little capitalist with an escalating family of porcelain pigs), I see her in her hairy helmet, condescending on Nationwide, evis...

— Brand, Russell (b. 1975)

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Date: April 12, 2013

"This insight implied that the brain is a creativity machine, which obtains incomplete information from the outside world and completes it."

— Kandel, Eric R. (b. 1929)

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Date: May 29, 2013

"But by weaving a tale as sprawling and complex as it does, 'Arrested' also can't help but rewire viewers' minds so that reality, barbecues and all, seems slightly grander."

— Kornhaber, Spencer

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