29 February 2012

Only connect

I like to ask people to imagine the map that you see in the back of in-flight magazines but to imagine that the map had one hundred billion cities and out of every city there were ten thousand flights. That's the kind of complexity in your brain.

...To do entire the connectome for a human brain would be a goal for forty years from now. Right now we're...shooting for a small chunk of brain, maybe a cubic millimetre. That would be 100,000 neurons and billion synapses. That's a tall order in itself.
-- Sebastian Seung, author of Connectome, talking to Nature Neuropod
The connectome is of C Elegans has 300 neurons and 7,000 connections

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