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Date: Jun 29, 2015

"In some ways, it's like peeking into the black box of our mind, seeing the puzzle pieces that put our regular perception together."

— Weiner, Sophie

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Date: January 14, 2016

"Then there's the risible campaign commercial in which the Tailgunner dresses up in camo and face paint and hangs out in the blind with the Duck Dynasty crew, looking like a G.I. Joe who's lost his kung-fu grip on his senses."

— Pierce, Charles P. (b. 1953)

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Date: February 1, 2016

"Sharing videos, binge-watching Netflix, the resultant neuro-pudding at the end of an epic gaming marathon, the perverse seduction of recording and devouring our most ordinary human thoughts on Facebook and Instagram -- Wallace somehow knew all this was coming, and (as the man himself might have ...

— Bissell, Tom (b. 1974)

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Date: April 3, 2016

"For Harrison, whose interior life is like a rich vein she can tap at will, there seems to be no moment, no feeling, too private, peculiar or uncomfortable to render in words."

— Fortini, Amanda

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Date: April 18, 2016

"The new mythology gets into the old mythology, as if classic literature had faded into the mind's background and images encountered on the screen had become one's first frame of cultural reference."

— James, Clive (b. 1939)

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Date: April 18, 2016

"Lucinda, when I finally forced her to start watching, correctly told me to stop bitching about the dragons: they were part of the deal, the price of voluntarily lowering oneself into the pit of the brain."

— James, Clive (b. 1939)

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Date: July 18, 2016

"The most widely accepted psychologist's theory of consciousness identifies it as a mode of 'global broadcast' solely from sensory modalities to 'executive' -- deciding, and 'affective' -- feeling systems that act on this sensory input."

— Rosenberg, Alex (August 8, 1946)

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Date: July 16, 2016

"As Riley encounters the world, her experiences are processed into small orbs of memories like snow globes."

— Gabriel, Trip (b. 1955)

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Date: July 22, 2016

"Conscious thought is the tip of the iceberg."

— Lakoff, George P. (b. 1941)

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Date: July 11 and 18, 2016

"'Consequence' is the word that splintered my mind."

— Hayes, Terrance (b. 1971)

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