Tuesday, January 3, 2012

What evolutionary advantage does this "quirk" of neurons convey to our species?

Otherwise the neurons would have to constantly reconnect. In the central nervous system that would mean that you would never be able to remember anything: the memory is in the connections. In the rest of the nervous system, that would mean the neural tissue would have to grow up to half a meter long through your arms and legs. It's just not practical.

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