The neuron doctrine is an insult to neurons

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

5 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

As presently implemented, the neuron doctrine (ND) portrays the brain's neurons and chemical synapses as fundamental components in a computer-like switching circuit, supporting a view of brain = mind = computer. However, close examination reveals individual neurons to be far more complex than simple switches, with enormous capacity for intracellular information processing (e.g., in the internal cytoskeleton). Other poorly appreciated factors (gap junctions, apparent randomness, dendritic-dendritic processing, possible quantum computation, the living state) also suggest that the ND grossly oversimplifies neuronal functions. In the quest to understand consciousness, the presently implemented ND may throw out the baby with the bath water.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)838-839
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume22
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1999

Fingerprint

brain
neurons
Neurons
information processing
Switch Genes
gap junctions
Gap Junctions
consciousness
Brain
infants
synapse
cytoskeleton
Cytoskeleton
Consciousness
Baths
Automatic Data Processing
Synapses
water
Water
chemical

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Psychology(all)
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology

Cite this

The neuron doctrine is an insult to neurons. / Hameroff, Stuart R.

In: Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Vol. 22, No. 5, 1999, p. 838-839.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{041d71b17c654b4792e8db451f998396,
title = "The neuron doctrine is an insult to neurons",
abstract = "As presently implemented, the neuron doctrine (ND) portrays the brain's neurons and chemical synapses as fundamental components in a computer-like switching circuit, supporting a view of brain = mind = computer. However, close examination reveals individual neurons to be far more complex than simple switches, with enormous capacity for intracellular information processing (e.g., in the internal cytoskeleton). Other poorly appreciated factors (gap junctions, apparent randomness, dendritic-dendritic processing, possible quantum computation, the living state) also suggest that the ND grossly oversimplifies neuronal functions. In the quest to understand consciousness, the presently implemented ND may throw out the baby with the bath water.",
author = "Hameroff, {Stuart R}",
year = "1999",
doi = "10.1017/S0140525X9931219X",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "22",
pages = "838--839",
journal = "Behavioral and Brain Sciences",
issn = "0140-525X",
publisher = "Cambridge University Press",
number = "5",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - The neuron doctrine is an insult to neurons

AU - Hameroff, Stuart R

PY - 1999

Y1 - 1999

N2 - As presently implemented, the neuron doctrine (ND) portrays the brain's neurons and chemical synapses as fundamental components in a computer-like switching circuit, supporting a view of brain = mind = computer. However, close examination reveals individual neurons to be far more complex than simple switches, with enormous capacity for intracellular information processing (e.g., in the internal cytoskeleton). Other poorly appreciated factors (gap junctions, apparent randomness, dendritic-dendritic processing, possible quantum computation, the living state) also suggest that the ND grossly oversimplifies neuronal functions. In the quest to understand consciousness, the presently implemented ND may throw out the baby with the bath water.

AB - As presently implemented, the neuron doctrine (ND) portrays the brain's neurons and chemical synapses as fundamental components in a computer-like switching circuit, supporting a view of brain = mind = computer. However, close examination reveals individual neurons to be far more complex than simple switches, with enormous capacity for intracellular information processing (e.g., in the internal cytoskeleton). Other poorly appreciated factors (gap junctions, apparent randomness, dendritic-dendritic processing, possible quantum computation, the living state) also suggest that the ND grossly oversimplifies neuronal functions. In the quest to understand consciousness, the presently implemented ND may throw out the baby with the bath water.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=0033387687&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=0033387687&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1017/S0140525X9931219X

DO - 10.1017/S0140525X9931219X

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:0033387687

VL - 22

SP - 838

EP - 839

JO - Behavioral and Brain Sciences

JF - Behavioral and Brain Sciences

SN - 0140-525X

IS - 5

ER -