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Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

“Cold equals okay, warming equals death,” Alan Cooper, who studies evolution, on how climate change affected ancient animals.

“Colors are brighter. The walls might be waving. There might be a halo around things,”Matthew Johnson, a psychiatry professor, on the effects of hallucinogenic mushrooms.

“For what they pay me, they can get two people out of grad school,” Roger Copeland, a tenured professor who accepted a retirement buyout.

(Previous quotes from our sources here)