[Neuroscience] Re: Thought and firing neurons

rscan at nycap.rr.com rscan at nycap.rr.com
Thu Jun 8 09:18:31 EST 2006


r norman wrote:

> More seriously, the working out of brain function involves far more
> than neurons 'firing' action potentials.  There is an enormous amount
> of analog (continuously variable) signal processing going on in the
> microcircuitry of the dendrites and anaxonal or short axonal neurons,
> not to mention all the biochemical and molecular biological of the
> second messenger metabotropic synapses to account for.  All these
> factors probably play a larger role in establishing the phenomenon we
> call 'thought' than simple action potentials.

Hubel and Wiesel did not usually go farther than the recording of
action potentials.

Marr derided them for playing around with "silly little spots of light
when the neurons had so much more important things to do!"

You pays your money and you takes your choice. 

ray



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