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Date: 2000

"His patient was losing the memory of language without losing the sense of who he was. It suggests that the witness is more fundamental than the executive. When the one who acts collapses, there's still one to feel him collapse."

— Edward St. Aubyn (b. 1960)

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Date: 2001

"And in between these partings and reunions, like lovers, mind and body dream of what they might do together."

— Richardson, James (b. 1950)

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Date: 2003

"A few theorists have even begun to claim that the emotions are in fact in charge of the temple of morality and that moral reasoning is really just a servant masquerading as the high priest."

— Haidt, Jonathan

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Date: February 2003

"The primaries and the early events in an election would correspond roughly to the preliminary unconscious processing. The winning coalition associated with an object or event would correspond to the winning party, which would remain in power for some time and would attempt to influence and contr...

— Crick, Francis (1916-2004) and Christof Koch (b. 1956)

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Date: 2006

"Desires are your jailers; set them free / and roam the hills, smiling archaically."

— Wetzsteon, Rachel

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Date: 2006

"While the amygdala's role as a sentinel and trigger for distress is old news to neuroscience, its social role, as part of the brain's system for emotional contagion, has been revealed only recently."

— Goleman, Daniel (b. 1946)

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Date: 2007

"And at the same time, a censor somewhere in my brain was simplifying things for me, helping me to cope with the necessary."

— Engel, Howard (b. 1931)

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Date: Summer 2009

"It is in this sense that the first-personal perspective is strictly unavoidable: I am not a passenger on a vessel pulled hither and yon by impulses and desires; I have to steer."

— Pippin, Robert B. (b. 1948)

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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: 2010

"Yet somehow, while he'd slept, the name had taken up residence in his head, as if he'd gone to sleep listening to a song played over and over, the lyrics digging a rut into his brain like a plow, and now part of his mind was still in that rut and couldn't get out."

— Cronin, Justin

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