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Date: 1998

"The thought scrolled round and round in his mind--it went well, it went well."

— McEwan, Ian (b. 1948)

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Date: 1999

"I tried to keep my mind white and blank."

— Budnitz, Judy (b. 1973)

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Date: 1999

"Working memory has been called the 'chalkboard of the mind.'"

— Siegel, Dan J. (b. 1957)

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Date: 2002

"Meaning derives from the linkages among these representations with others spread throughout the cortical system in a vast associational network, similar to a dictionary or a relational database."

— Crick, Francis (1916–2004) and Christof Koch (b. 1956)

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Date: 2003

"Two days into leaving, / the river's outer frond flushes worms imagined in the fire / onto the embankment of rust, / mud deep when imagination became an asterisk in the mind."

— Bitsui, Sherwin (b. 1975)

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Date: 2004

"Nature provides a first draft, which experience revises."

— Marcus, Gary (b. 1970)

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Date: 2007

"It would keep, and my brain filed it away for later."

— Engel, Howard (b. 1931)

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Date: 2007

"One's collection comes to symbolize the contents of one's mind."

— Updike, John (1932-2009)

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Date: 2007

"Books externalize our brains, and turn our homes into thinking bodies."

— Updike, John (1932-2009)

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Date: May 10, 2009

"Rather than storehouses of in-depth information, the web is turning our brains into indexes."

— Suderman, Peter

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