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Date: 1990

"Some sense datum theorists will object that Eloise is indeed aware of the relevant mental paint when she is aware of an arrangement of color, because these sense datum theorists assert that the color she is aware of is inner and mental and not a property of external objects."

— Harman, Gilbert (b. 1938)

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Date: Summer, 1991

"Elinor has constructed herself in this way around an original lack: the absentation of her sister, and perhaps in the first place the withholding from herself of the love of their mother, whom she then compulsively unites with Marianne, the favorite, in the love-drenched tableaux of her imaginat...

— Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky (1950-2009)

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Date: 1997

"The transcendental subject is not an entity to be found or recognized within experience, but neither is it transcendent, altogether independent of experience; rather, it is like the vanishing point of a perspectival painting--a construction implied by the structure of what is pictured, but not p...

— Stern, David G.

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Date: 2001

"Same even with those cherished early memories: we call up a sketch, fill in the blanks, and store it again, changed."

— Richardson, James (b. 1950)

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Date: December 21, 2009

"The resulting mental freeze-frames are remarkably diverse."

— Hoffman, Jascha

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Date: June 24, 2012

"For all its apparent fidelity, the movie in our heads is a 'Rashomon' narrative pieced together from inconsistent and unreliable bits of information."

— Stone, Alex

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Date: August, 22, 2015

"Partial images slide through my mind, a scattering of words spoken. Neurobiologists say that memory isn’t the replay of a video camera, but instead a pastiche of neuronal fragments gathered from here and there, wandering smells, oddly cut visual scraps, translucent experiences laid on top of one...

— Lightman, Alan (b. 1948)

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Date: July 16, 2016

"For Ms. Kamel's 12-year-old son, Haroun, the moment is etched in his mind."

— Rubin, Alissa J. and Lilia Blaise

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Date: February 18, 2017

"'He lives inside his head, where he runs the same continuous loop of conflict with people he turns into enemies for the purposes of his psychodrama,' says Trump biographer Michael D'Antonio."

— Dowd, Maureen (b. January 14, 1952)

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Date: May-June, 2017

"Memories continually change through repeated recollection, yet their tendency over time is to a reduction which mirrors that of photography--like a stack of snapshots repeatedly returned to. Such memories become archetypal crystallizations of identity--slides in the carousel of the mind."

— Stallabrass, Julian (b. March 16, 1960)

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