Re: Signal Processing (was BLUE GENE)

From: Martin Striz (
Date: Wed Apr 12 2006 - 07:44:44 MDT

On 4/12/06, Russell Wallace <> wrote:
> On 4/12/06, Martin Striz <> wrote:
> I'm curious, what parts of the complexity of neurons are needless?

Why propagate a signal as a transiet voltage change rather than a
direct electric (or electrochemical) current? Why use absurdly
complicated intracellular signal transduction pathways? Why implement
over 100 neurotransmitters when one will do just fine (modular
specificity can be achieved through wiring or through postsynaptic
receptor response)?


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