Biology nerds needed in a D project!
murilomiranda92 at hotmail.com
Sat May 25 22:02:51 UTC 2019
On Friday, 24 May 2019 at 08:46:06 UTC, Russel Winder wrote:
> I am not an expert in this, but would a neuron (from whatever
> beastie) ever behave like a slime mould?
> Is a sigmoid function sufficient? The era of treating a neuron
> as purely a single dimensional (electrical) state has, I
> believe, long past. Neurons do trigger, but they also have a
> biochemical aspect as well as an electrical one. I am not up to
> date with modelling neurons, and neither am I an expert in
> neurochemistry, and whilst investigating a network of sigmoid
> function triggers is still valid as a fun thing to do, I am not
> sure it can now be seen as a model of a collection of neurons.
> A model that started up in the mid to late 1970s but didn't
> take off then, but I believe is being picked up again recently,
> is to treat a network of neurons embedded in a biochemical
> system as a set of fields. The background was relativistic
> quantum field theory, but I suspect the technique as applied to
> networks of neurons has evolved away from that background. But
> maybe this is still not a mainstream approach?
> Does anyone have any connection with people working on Blue
> Brain. Over decade ago they were modelling the neocortex and
> neurons with apparently good success.
I found your reply very knowledgeable and very intelligent. I
will take a look later at the blue brain project. The reason I
compared a neuron with the slime mold is because it grows
dentrites to form synapses and therefore it creates intelligence.
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