why study neurology?

Brian zhil at online.no
Thu Jan 10 18:11:01 EST 2002

Hello Yan,
How are you ?
I went more or lesssilent since November last year after I got 'Principles in Neural
And I'm still baffled by how much I've learned since then.
I am not sure if you remember my question of a neuron that had some dendrites with knobs
at the cell-body (soma) ?
Well, now I know that it was Gray Type II inhibitory synapses, hehehehe !!!
Anyway, I have to thank Norman for his advice on books.
And I still think that increased growth of CREB-1 is the best way to achieve better


"yan king yin" <y.k.y@(dont spam)lycos.com> skrev i melding
news:VNk%7.969$Qz1.129072 at news.xtra.co.nz...
> Yea I also used to be fascinated by the mind / matter dicotomy. Now I
> have realized that even life and death exist in a continuum. For example,
> you have some stem cells implanted to your brain while some of your old
> neurons are lesioned. You are not quite your old self, and yet you havent
> died. See my point?
> I guess in the future there might be two alternatives. Either people will
> recieve organ transplants for all sorts of vital organs and hence be
> prevented from dying; or they will have their brains put on life support
> system. I think the second option seems more practical. My goal is to
> achieve that.
> Im not a neurologist, but Im planning to do neuro research. And of
> course understanding how the brain works is the holy grail for everyone.
> Not much else interests me these days...
> "Mathew Guilfoyle" <GuilfoyleMR at cardiff.ac.uk>:
> > I am also studying medicine, and I would like to specialise in
> > neurology with a significant amount of my time spent doing research if
> > at all possible.  Humans have always regarded themselves as having a
> > special spirit, a soul or whatever.  Early studies of the heart showed
> > it isnt there, molecular biology has shown that cells have no 'life
> > force' just complex dynamics of proteins etc., gradually the 'soul'
> > has been pushed further and further into the corner, and it now
> > resides in the brain for those who believe in it.  I would like to to
> > make some contribution to showing that we do not have a soul.  We
> > ourselves are nothing but the complex dynamics of molecules.  Far from
> > diminishing what it means to be human, understanding how complex and
> > intricate our brains are would be a great step forward

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