Feed your Newborn Neurons
Posted on August 14, 2006 Comments (4)
So save your new neuron’s and read the Curious Cat Science and Engineering blog every day 🙂
The Reinvention of the Self by Jonah Lehrer (on neurogenesis – the creation of new brain cells):
As a result, the field of neurogenesis vanished before it began. It would be another decade before Michael Kaplan, at the University of New Mexico, would use an electron microscope to image neurons giving birth. Kaplan discovered new neurons everywhere in the mammalian brain, including the cortex. Yet even with this visual evidence, science remained stubbornly devoted to its doctrine. Kaplan remembers Rakic telling him that “Those [cells] may look like neurons in New Mexico, but they don’t in New Haven.” Faced with this debilitating criticism, Kaplan, like Altman before him, abandoned the field of neurogenesis.
An example of the difficulty getting new scientific ideas accepted.