Re: electric meme bombs

From: Scott Chase (
Date: Thu 17 Oct 2002 - 21:54:19 GMT

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    >From: "Philip Jonkers" <>
    >To: <>
    >Subject: Re: electric meme bombs
    >Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2002 13:21:11 -0700
    > > It's my interpretation of how it might work. Any particular synapse
    > > be either dampened or excited by a plethora of different ideas,
    > > corresponding to many different excitation/dampening patterns in which
    > > that particular synapse might play a part, just as a letter may be used
    > > many different words. What is important for the identity of the meme is
    > > the overall excitation/dampening pattern to which it corresponds.
    > > We must also remember that repetition of an idea causes increased
    > > electrical stimulation of the neurons and synapses involved in a
    > > particular pattern; this in turn stimulates the production of the MAP-2
    > > protein, which catalyzes the strengthening of the myelin sheaths of the
    > > corresponding synapses, and the growth of new dendritic connections.
    > > This is accepted, in neuroscience, as a neural correlate of the learning
    > > process.
    >Just a minute Joe. Myelin sheaths are to be found at the axons of neurons
    >last I heard. The function of myelin sheaths is to facilitate faster
    >transmission of action potentials originating from the axon hillock at the
    >soma of the neuron. One of the big pillars of neuroscience is that learning
    >(something) is reflected in adaptation of synapse strengths (serving as
    >communication relays between connected neurons).
    Don't go knocking over Joe's MAP-2 protein hobby-horse Phil. He did say *a* correlate, so I presume that not being *the* correlate there's more to learning than MAP-2.

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