Journal of comparative physiology

, Volume 95, Issue 2, pp 123–167 | Cite as

Über die logische Struktur eines Nervensystems

  • Friedrich Zettler

On the logic structure of a nervous system


This paper describes an attempt to apply the concepts of modern logic toward encompassing one sort of nervous system function, sensory perception, within a general theoretical framework. Starting from the biological role of a sense organ to receive factual situations of the environment, one may treat the individual receptor as an elementary proposition, and a nerve network as a molecular proposition. Taking the known neurophysiology of the system into consideration, one recognizes that the logical functions contained in these propositional forms are those of a many-valued logic. The neuronal principles of lateral and linear inhibition provided ground for two basic propositional functions from which a variety of further functions can be constructed. The elements of construction are due to the anatomical principles of nerve cell connections: linear, lateral, and recurrent.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Friedrich Zettler
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  1. 1.Zoologisches Institut der Universität MÜnchenMÜnchenBundesrepublik Deutschland

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