This page marches you through a brief neuroscience curriculum. It directs you to key outside readings, and posts on neuroself.org, that will bring the “average intelligent layperson” to a reasonably sophisticated understanding of modern neuroscience’s view of the brain. Click on the links to read the appropriate piece before clicking back to proceed.
Section 1: Overview
The old adage about how to teach something is: “tell them what you’re going to say, say it, and then tell them what you said.” In Section 1, I’ll quickly review what I’m going to say in more detail in the body of the curriculum.
1.1.1 The Pauli Exclusion Principle (aka, Fermions and Bosons). It is surprising how infrequently the Pauli Exclusion Principle is mentioned in courses on modern neuroscience. That’s because this one simple (but deep) idea explains almost everything about the in-principle structure of the brain.
1.2 The Physical Brain (eg, the fermionic brain)
1.2.1 The Neuron
18.104.22.168 Cell Body
22.214.171.124 Axons. An interesting movement in modern neuroscience is to understand that “all the action” isn’t just in the cell bodies of neurons. In this paper (pdf: Neurosci. Res. 2013 Sasaki) a summary of evidence supporting the idea that axons, rather than passively conveying cell-body information, makes novel calculations, is presented.
1.2.2. The Synapse
1.2.3. The Brain Region
126.96.36.199 Spinal Cord
188.8.131.52 Limbic system
1.2.4. The circuit
184.108.40.206. Reflex arcs
220.127.116.11 Central pattern generators
18.104.22.168. The connectome. There are inspirational pictures of the connectome here. I wrote a brief post on the connectome “Only Connectome,” here. It outlines some of the controversies about studying the connectome.
1.3 The Electric Brain (eg, the bosonic brain)