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Date: February 2, 2019

"Is this an O.K. time to let the kids play Fortnite until their brains melt into the back seat?"

— Pamela, Paul

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Date: February 2, 2019

"My mind had no choice but to drift into an elaborate fantasy realm."

— Pamela, Paul

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Date: February 2, 2019

"You let your mind wander and follow it where it goes."

— Pamela, Paul

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Date: February 11, 2019

"You can't take your eyes off his eyes--blue and unblinking, as he confronts the world like a camera with the shutter left open, permitting the images to burn into his brain."

— Lane, Anthony (b. 1962)

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Date: February 9, 2019

"It should be noted that this problem of split-screen consciousness is likely to get worse in the era of divided government, not better."

— Senior, Jennifer

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Date: February 9, 2019

"Even if our government were a paradigm of functionality, we’d surely be fighting for custody of our brains."

— Senior, Jennifer

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Date: February 9, 2019

"Many evolutionary biologists are fond of pointing out that the human body is not adapted to modern life, which often involves sitting for hours at a time and toiling in artificial light and consuming mounds of processed sugar ('There's no food in your food,' as the Joan Cusack character says in ...

— Senior, Jennifer

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Date: February 9, 2019

"When the world's coming at you in great clouds of 280-character Frisbees, naturally it's tempting to vanish into the forest dark of your own mind."

— Senior, Jennifer

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Date: February 9, 2019

"When I imagine his brain, I imagine a bug zapper in a drizzle. Bzzzzzzzzzzt. Fzzzz. Bzzz fzzz bzzzzzzzzzzt."

— Senior, Jennifer

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Date: February 16, 2019

"He says he became practiced at leading victims gently back to their traumas, so they could use their minds as cameras to bring key moments to life, letting their faces and voices tell the stories."

— Dowd, Maureen (b. January 14, 1952)

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