The Nerve Afire

  • Alwyn Scott


Scientists and poets can agree that consciousness is like a bonfire— a conflagration in which the mind blazes and retreats, only to erupt again. Such flames, as we shall see in the next three chapters, burn within a hundred billion individual nerve cells in the human brain. Because this fire in its native setting is not to be carelessly approached or easily manipulated, we must first examine the vital essence of the neurological world: a single spark from one neuron.


Nonlinear Diffusion Nerve Impulse Giant Axon Nerve Membrane Neural Membrane 
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