RE: The Tyranny of Choice

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Sun Mar 28 2004 - 13:54:38 MST

> There is also another excellent article about the glia in the
> brain. It seems that glia have a much more substantial role
> in learning and memory than previously thought. This may
> cause those who were neuron-centered to recalculate the
> computational capacity of the brain with strong consideration
> to glia which outnumber neurons 9 to 1..
> --Kevin

Well, current estimates of the brain's "computational capacity" aren't
accurate within a factor of 10 anyway ;)

Glia create the myelin sheath around neurons, which affects speed of
electrical conduction between neurons. Is the proposed function of glia
you mention related to this, or is it something different?

-- Ben

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