«This discovery fundamentally changes everything we know about processing and storing information in the brain»
Are we really not using our brains to the fullest extent? So what does the rest of the brain do? Science has been silent on the issue.
And then at last it spoke. Scientists have found that the brain’s activity and computing power can be 100 times higher than previously thought.
It seems that the main myth was the certainty that neurons “think”. In other words, we think with the help of neurons. However, a group of our fellow countrymen at UCLA stumbled across the fact that some of the more peripheral parts of the neurons in the brain, namely the dendrites, are much more active than previously believed.
It has long been thought that dendrites are merely conductors, through which electrical impulses are transferred to other neurons. But it was discovered that they are able to produce their own impulses at an intensity that is 10 times that of somatic nerves.
This discovery comes into conflict with the orthodox view in which «somatic» impulses are the main mechanisms that form memory and are responsible for perception.
“Dendrites account for about 90% of the total amount of neural tissue,” says neurophysicist Mayank Mehta. “Dendrites are more active than soma, and this fundamentally changes everything we know processing and storing information in the brain.”
Then he makes the prediction that this breakthrough will upend psychiatry and inject a fresh stream of thought into artificial intelligence.
I think (with both neurons and dendrites) that an understanding of how we think won’t yield anything more than a chemical analysis of what moves the pen or paintbrush, but it is impossible not to welcome a genuine discovery.