Our brains are more than Turing Complete

I was listening to a lecture on computer functions and abstractions. A Turing complete computer is able to compute anything. That is, anything that is computable can be computer by a Turing complete computer. However, what even a Turing complete computer lacks is abstraction. Namely, you have to rebuild a file every time you want … Continue reading Our brains are more than Turing Complete

Interpreters, Compilers, and Learning

[Disclaimer: I know very little about computers and operating systems at this point, as I just started going back to college for my second BS, this time in CS. However, with my background in neuroscience, I can’t help but try to find parallels between what I already know about the brain and the things I’m … Continue reading Interpreters, Compilers, and Learning

Monty Python’s influence in Neuroscience

Ever heard of the computer programming language called Python? Where do you think Python got its name from? Monty Python! Python programming has had an increasing effect on neuroscientific developments. In fact, with the growing field of computational neuroscience, Python programming has taken a role in how neuroscience research occurs. Python itself is a high-level … Continue reading Monty Python’s influence in Neuroscience

The Sentry (Bob Reynolds) and the Brain

Optogenetics. It sounds like genes being lit up in neon colors, like a flashy Las Vegas sign. But what is it really? Optogenetics is a technique that takes advantage of proteins found in certain algae species that respond to different wavelengths of light. This algal response to the wavelengths includes opening a channel (called a … Continue reading The Sentry (Bob Reynolds) and the Brain