Is There a Computer In Your Head?

  • Alwyn Scott


In an age when children use computers with nonchalance, when even the cheapest wristwatches contain rudimentary computers, it has almost become a cliche to reverse the popular comparison between brains and computers. We have heard for years that a watch has a “brain” on a silicon chip. But now, increasingly, we also read that the neurons of a human brain are themselves integrated circuits—and, to hear the boasts of some computer enthusiasts, not particularly fast ones at that! Even on the street, far from the university, one may hear that a brain is a machine, destined sooner or later to be overtaken by some piece of electronic equipment.


Nerve Impulse Dendritic Tree Initial Axon Segment Real Neuron Daughter Branch 
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