Re: Neuron Computational Requirements?

From: Paul Hughes (
Date: Wed Apr 19 2000 - 19:38:53 MDT

Anders Sandberg wrote:

> Yes, neurons are much more complex than simple transistors. But it is
> not obvious that all this complexity makes them *much* more complex -
> The real complexity lies in the manifold interactions between neurons,
> individual neurons have a fairly limited repertoire of behavior but
> when you connect a few of them into a network, especially modulated by
> different chemicals, then they can do nearly anything.

Yes. So the question becomes, to what degree are the differing states produced
by psychoactive chemicals influenced by intraneuronal changes vs. neural
network firing patterns?

Paul Hughes

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