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Date: April 18, 2016

"We begin to esteem this way of being at its true worth when we realize that the creators of the brain food that we're wolfing down are at least as involved in it, at the level of imagination, as we are."

— James, Clive (b. 1939)

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Date: July 18, 2016

"Introspection, 'the mind's eye,' assures us with the greatest confidence that it is the best, in some cases the only authority on how the mind works, because we all think it has direct, first person access to itself."

— Rosenberg, Alex (August 8, 1946)

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Date: July 29, 2016

"In other ways, the speech was an x-ray of Clinton’s soul that gave the public a rare, if distorted, glimpse beneath her shell."

— Fournier, Ron (b. 1963)

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Date: August 14, 2016

"Many Americans' only metaphysical experience in this life will have been seeing, with the mind's eye, Hugh Hewitt wincing through the radio."

— Williamson, Kevin D. (b. September 18, 1972)

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Date: April 27, 2016

"But you don't have to have your leg in a bear trap every minute to seriously consider, during the latest entrapment, that maybe just cutting your legs off would be the way to go. In the case of BPD, the offending leg is called 'consciousness'."

— Mishell Baker (b. 2009)

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Date: January, 2017

"They bleed -- if not from vaginas then from their sensitive souls."

— Kipnis, Laura (b. July 19, 1956)

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Date: May 4, 2018

"In this labyrinth, Nietzsche detected the handwriting of envy everywhere, observing, 'Envy and jealousy are the private parts of the human soul.'"

— Marino, Gordon

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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 21, 2019

"I cared about the feeling that my thoughts were being dictated. I cared about the collective head, which seemed to be running a fever. But if we managed to escape, to break out of the great skull and into the fresh air, if Twitter was shut down for crimes against humanity, what would we be losing?"

— Lockwood, Patricia

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Date: February 24, 2019

"If I watched long enough, I felt lightly hypnotized, as if one of those disembodied hands had reached in and massaged my brain."

— Matchar, Emily (b. 1982)

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