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Wired vs. Individuality

April 5, 2012

What defines and differentiates each individual person?  If it is our brain, to what extent does what receive before birth, pre-destined genetic information passed on make us who we are?  Today I listened to a rare cerebral debate between two renow neuroscientists.  The discussion was mind simulating, smart, witty, and appropriately enhanced by two expert modulators  The debate centered on an enigmatic question that many neuroscientists, at sometime in their career come across: how to better advance our understanding of the brain.  One professor proposes that while our brain, which we now know is not just a simple machine like a computer as our ancestor used to believe, rather it is a defined largely by connections formed between each individual neuron.  Therefore, understanding these individual and combinatorial connections is the next leap in advancing our current statistic knowledge of neuroscience.  The other professor, while amiably agree that acquire knowledge is appreciative and important, states that the connections in our brain may not hold the key biological information that dictates and to a large extent, shapes and defines our brain.  He argues that rather, the molecular information stored in individual neuron still holds the identity of our brain. A good debate is like a tennis game, it takes two equally skilled opponents to produce an enteraining game that audiences enjoy, and it was such aa case for today’s debate.

 

Currently drinking a Malbec Cedrus 2010.  A lovely French sassy red wine that did not come with a cork, hence, I was pleasantly surprised by how wonderful it tastes.  Even under a rigorous shaking that generated small bubbles that are purely as a visual fun as I am not a wine connisseur, the aroma of the wine was not strong.  Nothing pungent like a good Spanish wine or an aged California wine.  The Malbec has an unusual, sweet, subtle refreshing aroma, like a small stream of mountain spring water that’s newly awaken to life after a long winter.  The light tannin taste of the wine lingers like a whisper of a good friend.  Nothing dramatically dominating but gentle and sweet.

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