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Re: [ontolog-forum] Sabotaging a communication system is not a new idea

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From: John F Sowa <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 22:29:51 -0500
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On 11/17/2014 10:05 PM, Rich Cooper wrote:
> There is an intriguing paper in PNAS on the teensy 302 neurons
> in the worm C. Elegans    (01)

Following is an article from the _Scientific American_,
which gives a more general overview of the issues:    (02)

    The Connectome Debate: Is Mapping the Mind of a Worm Worth It?    (03)

The two concluding paragraphs of that article:    (04)

> Because any brain or nervous system is so much more complex than
> what a connectome by itself represents, Movshon is certainly not
> alone in thinking that researchers' limited resources are better
> devoted to other areas of neuroscience. "I'm all in favor of Seung
> and others," Bargmann says, "but I don't think we should have a
> Manhattan Project for the connectome with such a huge amount of
> resources. We are not quite good enough at reading them. It wasn't
> like the human genome project, where we knew how to sequence DNA
> and said, 'Yeah, let's go for it!' Scaling up connectomes is a
> different issue."
> Oliver Hobert of Columbia, another longtime C. elegans researcher,
> agrees that connectomics only scratches the surface. "It's like a
> road map that tells you where cars can drive, but does not tell
> you when or where cars are actually driving," he says. "Still,  > 
>connectomics of C. elegans has given us wonderful testable hypotheses
> in terms of how neural circuits work. What we have learned from
> C. elegans diagrams are not just specific worm behaviors—they are
> logical principles common to much of biology."    (05)

John    (06)

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