The short answer is “no.”
Nerves are not like copper wires in which the signal fades with distance.
Rather, nerves are composed of segments, and at each segment transition there is what amounts to a “repeater” that amplifies the signal back to its full strength. As a result, signal propagation through a nerve is more like a chain of falling dominoes in whic...(more)
Intuition is poorly understood from the perspective of brain processes. However if we piece together the current thinking in neuroscience, then we can get an approximate sense for what intuition-building means in the brain.
What we call “intuition” can be roughly understood as the brain’s ability to form probabilistic beliefs automatically, without us havi...(more)
I'm thrilled to announce that today is my first day as an employee at Quora. I will be leading the Data Science team.
I first started writing on Quora in 2012, and have written almost 1,500 answers since then. Readers here know me for my passion for all things neuroscience, stemming from my time a...(more)