From: Chris Lofting (email@example.com)
Date: Wed 17 May 2006 - 13:58:11 GMT
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> From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf
> Of Derek Gatherer
> Sent: Wednesday, 17 May 2006 10:41 PM
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> Subject: RE: RS
> >And there WAS a nobel prize given for research into this area of synaptic
> >dynamic - http://nobelprize.org/medicine/laureates/1963/eccles-bio.html
> John Eccles was not given his Noble prize for indentifying where
> "instincts were encoded". Nobody knows where instincts are encoded
> (presumably in the brain somewhere), but to say in "dendrite areas",
> well, you're just making that up.
You obviously didn't go through the ref material supplied re post synaptic
encoding etc. You can also search on "dendritic spine".
The encoding of instincts/habits in these areas allow for context to push
and so the life form conserves energy. An instinct/habit reflects a memory
that is strongly set-down, universalised, and so is set-off by 'similar'
context experiences or operates in any context as part of the
species-specific behaviours. Thus genetic configurations combine with
plasticity to develop 'habitual' behaviours together with 'instinctual'
Once the habit is developed so awareness is no longer required - we work off
What is suggested with collectives of neurons synchronising and acting as if
one is that not only can some behaviour be localised but also distributed
such that a 'partial' behaviour being encoded in dendrites of each member of
the collective with the full expression requiring the collective to 'fire'.
This is a common feature of visual processing where single neurons can be
sensitive to line position that sum in a collective to give an 'image' in
full as such.
This also gets into 'flocking' behaviour based on local context dynamics
eliciting a group behaviour not encoded in any single member of the group -
be the group of birds or neurons or humans.
IMHO you need to do a bit more reading than what you have and then think a
bit as well. Who knows, being less grumpy you may even get a Nobel prize!
;-) (I have spoken with or have had email discussions with some and they all seem 'positive' rather than grumpy - perhaps the prize 'uplifts' them or maybe their positive attitude puts them in position to win the prize! ;-))
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