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Melody Dye
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"I think human consciousness, is a tragic misstep in evolution. We became too self-aware, nature created an aspect of nature separate from itself, we are creatures that should not exist by natural law. We are things that labor under the illusion of having a self; an accretion of sensory, experience and feeling, programmed with total assurance that we are each somebody, when in fact everybody is nobody." -Rust Cohle, True Detective
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"A human self is made up of stories. These stories are rooted partly in experience, and partly in fantasy. The power of fiction lies in its capacity to gaze upon this odd circumstance of our existence, to allow us to play with the conundrum that we are making ourselves up as we go along."
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"Linguists are no different from any other people who spend more than nineteen hours a day pondering the complexities of grammar and its relationship to practically everything else in order to prove that language is so inordinately complicated that it is impossible in principle for people to talk." -Ronald W. Langacker, 1973
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Fortune cookie: "You are an angel. Beware of those who collect feathers."
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“It does not add anything to this thesis to say that if the theory does correctly describe the competence of an interpreter, some mechanisms in the interpreter must correspond to the theory.” 
–Donald Davidson in “A Nice Derangement of Epitaphs”
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"Arrogance - a kind of foolish, adolescent self-belief; an ignorant, intuitive certainty that your way is the right way - is the root of all great art."
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"… Ah, poems amount to so little when you write them too early in your life. You ought to wait and gather sense and sweetness for a whole lifetime, and a long one if possible, and then, at the very end, you might perhaps be able to write ten good lines." -Rainer Maria Rilke, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge 
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"Everything passes away - suffering, pain, blood, hunger, pestilence. The sword will pass away too, but the stars will still remain when the shadows of our presence and our deeds have vanished from the earth. There is no man who does not know that. Why, then, will we not turn our eyes toward the stars? Why?" -Mikhail Bulgakov, The White Guard
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"You could say that all tragedy is about the process of discovery, of learning that the present has a surprising and often devastating relationship to the past: King Oedipus, faced with a plague on his city, is told by an oracle that he must find the killer of the previous king, only to learn, as the play unfolds, that it was he. Another way of saying this is that all tragedy is about the way that we live: slowly uncovering the deeper meanings of things, often long after we can do anything about them."
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  • Indiana University Bloomington
    PhD Cognitive Science, 2011 - present
  • Stanford University
    Philosophy, 2003 - 2007
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