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Date: December 29, 2016

"By itself, not a lot, except to encourage the erroneous and simplistic idea that the brain is an independent sovereign, calling all the shots."

— Friedman, Richard A.

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Date: December 31, 2016

"An ancient inner layer [of the brain], inherited from reptiles, was presumed to contain circuits for basic survival. The middle layer, the 'limbic system,' supposedly contained emotion circuitry inherited from mammals."

— Barrett, Lisa Feldman (b. 1963)

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Date: December 31, 2016

"The human brain didn't evolve like a piece of sedimentary rock, with layers of increasing cognitive sophistication slowly accruing over time."

— Barrett, Lisa Feldman (b. 1963)

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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: 2016

"I wake between tectonic plates that hurt. / I have five faults, called senses."

— Galvin, James (b. May 8, 1951)

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Date: 2016

"The root's hidden and abject form resembles the unsayable aspects of the psyche."

— Wampole, Christy

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Date: September 13, 2016

"As long as Trump continues his fear mongering by constantly portraying Muslims and Mexican immigrants as imminent dangers, many conservative brains will involuntarily light up like light bulbs being controlled by a switch."

— Azarian, Bobby

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Date: January 18, 2017

"News that contradicts his worldview gets flushed down the sort of emotional and intellectual dispose-all that I think he carries around with him from the second he gets out of bed to the minute he goes to sleep each night."

— Kruse, Michael

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Date: January 17, 2017

"A man who mocks John McCain, denounces Gold Star parents, snarls at an actor who spoofs him, and makes fun of a crippled reporter is someone whose core is empty, and whose need for approbation is unlimited because the void within him is so complete."

— Cohen, Eliot A. (b. 1956)

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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.