Zap goes the Neuron
If I do not greatly deceive myself, I have succeeded in realizing…
The hundred years’ dream of physicists and physiologists, to wit, the identity of the nervous principle with electricity
Du Bois-Reymond 1848
Cho and John are talking about the following article:
The Principles of Nerve Cell Communication
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Hello Cho, I wonder if I could bother you with some questions? 😊
Hi John, sure, what do you need? 😉
I’m working on an article on neuromorphic computing
Well, I’m good for the “neuro” part, but computing …not so much😅
No problem, I already talked to Sam, and the “neuro” part is precisely why I come to you now 😊
Ah, OK then I do think I can be of assistance!
Excellent! Sam really confused me with his talk of analog and digital or continuous and discrete 😣
Yes, that is something that comes up a lot when talking about neurons
So can you help me with that? What kind of information or signals do neurons exchange?
Let’s start with “it’s complicated”
I was afraid you’d say something like that …😅
First of all, there are many different kinds of neurons
Very good! 😊
Secondly, people tend to focus on the electrical aspect, not on the chemical one
What do you mean?
When a neuron fires, it isn’t exactly the same as flipping a switch
So it isn’t digital or discrete?
Not straightforwardly no, but it also depends on how you look at it?
Is this going to be about quantum and observers and stuff like that?
Ha! No, not at all. 😅
I just meant that the answer might vary depending on the questions you ask
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