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This is fortunate for the neurobiologist, 2. "Like the entomologist seeking colorful butterflies, my attention has hunted delicately and elegantly formed cells in the orchard of gray matter, the mysterious butterflies of the soul, whose wing beats may one day yield up the secrets of the mind to usn (Ramon y Cajal 1909-1 911,9849). Diego and Haydn 21 for how could he hope to take an interest in the brain if each of the hundred billion neurons obeyed separate laws of functioning? But, luckily, universal mechanisms can coexist with morphological diversity (for example, the shapes of neurons) and functional uniqueness (for example, the function of each neuron in a circuit).

But he came up against something that paralyzed his work, namely the feeling that it was within himself that the solution was to be found. " It was in this context of gloom that he decided to take a step he knew would be right for him: he prescribed ajourney for himself: "I am . very lazy and have done nothing here to get the better of the turbulence of my thoughts and feelings. That must wait for Italyn (p. 213). The itinerary was set. He Inhibition on the Shore of L a b Trasilnene 41 would begin in Venice then move on to, among other places, San Giminiano, Sienna, Perugia, and Assisi, in other words Tuscany and Umbria.

The nervous impulses gallop along your nerves at a speed of around two hundred miles an hour. From the retina, the tympanum, the skin, the tongue, and the mucous membranes of the nose, these highways of sensations that are the nervous fibers of the sensory systems convey to the brain in several tenths 18 Biology ofFwedom of a second the pieces of information from the external world. And there are many others: the decorations on the tree, the texture and pattern of the tablecloth, the taste and smells of the other dishes.

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