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Date: May 19, 2014

"If misinformation can be incorporated so seamlessly into a person's recollection of an event, what becomes of the original memory? Is it completely overwritten, or merely adjusted somehow, layered with a new trace?"

— Specter, Michael (b. 1955)

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Date: May 19, 2014

"I asked if she thought scientists would ever really be able to write the pain out of a patient's mind."

— Specter, Michael (b. 1955)

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Date: September 1, 2014

"Lakoff argues that the brain understands sentences not just by analyzing syntax and looking up neural dictionaries, but also by igniting its memories of kicking and picking up."

— Chorost, Michael (b. 1964)

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Date: March 5, 2015

"We all have crowded bookshelves in our heads crammed with texts for every person we know. They knock about in our skulls, falling off the shelves. We refer to them again and again, wearing the pages thin."

— Grossman-Heinze, Dahlia

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Date: December 30, 2015

"He explained how they reached tumors that were lodged deep in the brain, which is, very loosely speaking, crumpled up like a sheet of paper, and therefore full of folds and ravines that you can push aside and move through."

— Knausgaard, Karl Ove (b. 1968)

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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: June 30, 2017

"In this sense, a forgotten memory is a lot like an old file on your computer. While the document still exists, you don't have a good way of getting to it, and today many memory researchers don't even use the word 'forgetting.'"

— Boser, Ulrich

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Date: June 30, 2017

"Or consider living with an unending library of easily recalled memories. It would be overwhelming: Dates, names, phone numbers -- they would all be constantly top of mind."

— Boser, Ulrich

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Date: December 10, 2017

"Writing to Wilhelm Fleiss in 1896, Freud used the word Nachträglichkeit --'retranscription'--to describe the brain's action of calling up a memory and revising it in response to fresh circumstances."

— Krauss, Nicole (b. August 18, 1974)

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"Were it so with the soul (as some Philosophers have vainly imagined) to come into the world as an ab rasa tabula, a mere blank or piece of white paper, on which neither any thing written, nor any blots; it would then be equally receptive of good and evil, and no more averse to the ...

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