I’m always trying to get back to a place of peace, a place of balance. But I’m either hot or cold. I have no emotional balance. And I think it’s starting to become a problem.
I need to figure my life out.
Mapping a Living Brain, Neuron by Neuron
A brain, along with all of the thoughts, decisions and consciousness that it brings with it, is nothing more than the sum of its parts. But it is precisely the sum of those parts that makes a brain more than just a pile of neurons and gray goo. Mapping the complex networks of the brain in space and time will be the key to figuring out how it works.
Thanks to some breakthrough work in a fish, we may be getting closer. HHMI scientists have mapped the activity of a zebrafish brain down to the individual neuron in real time! A zebrafish brain contains 100,000 times fewer neurons than our own, but techniques like this will make the Obama administration’s ambitious (and slightly controversial) human Brain Activity Map Project possible. Of course, mapping the activity of a brain isn’t the same as knowing what that activity means, but it’s hard to navigate anything without a detailed map. And when it comes to the brain, a static map is pretty useless. Seeing how signals change over time at a single-cell level is what it will take to turn flashing cells into an idea of what makes the brain tick.
This isn’t our first glance at what “fish thoughts” look like, but it’s definitely the most complete, and the most completely awesome. Check out more great coverage, plus complete videos of the blinking brain, at io9.
I really want to know what this zebrafish was thinking about that made its whole brain light up. Maybe “Oh man, I’m gonna be so famous on the internet after this!!”
If at first you don’t succeed, smoosh your face against the glass harder.
I don’t care about much of the things you like:
Sports, cheerleading, pop culture.
But you’re more than that.
So i weather the storm until
You get to the part where you
Start to talk from the heart
About supporting your mom and
Giving back to the community
I get bored so easily but thats my fault
Just as you love the water
When im alone i spend hours swimming
In my thoughts.
And i cant discuss how chilling it is
To know that our society is slowly
Consuming itself blindly.
How thats what the powers that be
Were watching on TV
While you were watching
Some man punch another man
Repeatedly, for a gold belt
And brain damage
Dont get me wrong
I still get drunk and
Smoke more weed than most of the
People either of us know
Im no scholar and im not perfect
I just wanted to explain
The blank look on my face
That you might see from time to time
Thats what i do when i dont want to bullshit
Or lie, and i just have nothing to say.
But please keep talking because
I can tell it makes you happy
Plus youre probably so damn tired
Of me talking about coffee
But you still listen