Zap goes the Neuron

Jul 11, 2022Philosophy/Ethics, Tech0 comments

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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John

Hello Cho, I wonder if I could bother you with some questions? 😊

Today 15:43

Cho

Hi John, sure, what do you need? 😉                                                      

Today 15:43

John

I’m working on an article on neuromorphic computing

Today 15:43

Cho

Well, I’m good for the “neuro” part, but computing …not so much😅

Today 15:44

John

No problem, I already talked to Sam, and the “neuro” part is precisely why I come to you now 😊

Today 15:44   

Cho

Ah, OK then I do think I can be of assistance!                                       

Today 15:45

John

Excellent! Sam really confused me with his talk of analog and digital or continuous and discrete 😣

Today 15:45   

Cho

Yes, that is something that comes up a lot when talking about neurons             

Today 15:46

John

So can you help me with that? What kind of information or signals do neurons exchange?

Today 15:46   

Cho

Let’s start with “it’s complicated”                                                             

Today 15:47

John

I was afraid you’d say something like that …😅

Today 15:48   

Cho

First of all, there are many different kinds of neurons                        

Today 15:48

John

Oh! Yes, I recall we talked about that! “Little big brain

Today 15:49   

Cho

Very good! 😊

Secondly, people tend to focus on the electrical aspect, not on the chemical one

Today 15:50

John

What do you mean?

Today 15:51   

Cho

When a neuron fires, it isn’t exactly the same as flipping a switch

Today 15:52

John

So it isn’t digital or discrete?

Today 15:53   

Cho

Not straightforwardly no, but it also depends on how you look at it?

Today 15:54

John

Is this going to be about quantum and observers and stuff like that?

Today 15:55   

Cho

Ha! No, not at all. 😅 

I just meant that the answer might vary depending on the questions you ask

Today 15:55

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