Biology nerds needed in a D project!

Murilo murilomiranda92 at
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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