Re: BLUE GENE and confusion about flops and tops and whistles

From: Martin Striz (
Date: Thu Apr 06 2006 - 12:54:15 MDT

On 4/6/06, Phillip Huggan <> wrote:
> Human neural synchronizations are an entirely different class of phenomena
> than are the computer programming variety. I cringe when I hear attempts to
> equate each neuron with a bit. There is no computer programming equivalent
> to our amygdala. There is no computer programming equivalent to the
> chemistry hardware our brains run off of.

At the intracellular and sub-synaptic level (the biochemical level),
that is true, but at higher levels of organization, the analogy is
valid. Christof Koch devotes an entire book (The Biophysics of
Computation) to exploring how simple neural assemblies act like simple

Martin Striz

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