Six new kind of brain cells discovered, maybe don’t form until later in life
From Popular Mechanics:
“Just asking ‘what types of cells make up the brain’ is such a basic question… that establishing a complete census of all neuron cell types is of great importance in moving the field of neuroscience forward,” says Tolias, at Baylor College of Medicine.
Most previous studies investigating the odd menagerie of brain cells have used juvenile mice, mostly because it’s easier to get high-resolution pictures of their brains. But there’s a problem: Brains keep maturing and complicating as they get older, and Jiang’s team believes that their new-found neurons might not form until adulthood. More.
But stop, wait, the brain is a machine, right?
See also: Neuroscientist: Consciousness is not a neural phenomenon And even Thomas Nagel’s new notoriety can’t change that.
Neuroscience tried wholly embracing naturalism, but then the brain got away
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