Saturday, February 16, 2008

The physics of memory...

It happens all the time... the slightest momentary twinge of pain, or jiggle of the innards, or a deep muscle spasm in the body triggers a seemingly random flash memory intact in vivid perfection. Is that where you were the last time that particular muscle twisted or innard twitched? Or, does the spaghetti of the neural net trigger memories according to its own set of rules? How much importance should we give this dredged up recollection? Questions, questions, questions!

(Representation of the 10,000 neurons and 30 million connections in a single neocortical column by Blue Brain Project.)


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