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Date: July 16, 2016

"The emotions of the heroine, Riley, [in the film 'Inside Out'] are cartoon characters, and a fantastic 'Jetsons'-esque city inside her mind is a metaphor of the human psyche."

— Gabriel, Trip (b. 1955)

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Date: August 27, 2016

"Think of the brain as a jam-packed sports arena and the voxels as all the fans"

— Murphy, Kate

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Date: September 18, 2016

"Mr. Ackerman told me that he has designed his 'Sleep With Me' podcast to tame the vigilant, overactive 'guardian' in the brain that feels it must stay awake to worry. 'I'm trying to trick the guardian,' he said."

— Kennedy, Pagan (b. 1963)

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Date: November 15, 2016

"He [Trump] has set the worst human impulses marching. But there are no clean slates in the unconscious."

— Rose, Jacqueline (b. 1949)

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Date: December 31, 2016

"Rather (in the words of the neuroscientist Georg Striedter), brains evolve like companies do: they reorganize as they expand."

— Barrett, Lisa Feldman (b. 1963)

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Date: February 7, 2017

"This question just made my brain pixelate, and now the inside of my head's a roaring celebration."

— Smith, Ali (b. August 24, 1962)

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Date: August 24, 2017

"Whatever we choose as option A, there is always a chorus, inside our own minds and outside of it, contending it would have been better if we had just gone with option B."

— Filipovic, Jill (b. 1983)

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"The peculiar nature of the materials it deals with, summons into the fray on the opposing side the most violent, sordid and malignant passions of the human breast, the Furies of private interest."

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