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Science Ink #3 – “Neural Net”

The latest “Science Ink” provides a closer look at the tattoo of Gabriel Pato, a Brazilian biologist. Per Zimmer’s post, the message of his tattoo is simple: the brain is a network.

Neural Net - Photos and Text Courtesy of Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed by Carl Zimmer

Neurons send signals to thousands of other neurons, and it is the number and the strength of those connections from which our thoughts emerge. There is no single humunculus-like neuron in which a person’s mind resides. There is not even a single neuron for memories, or for smells, or for joy. Instead, our perceptions flow into layered networks, and out of those network come responses. If you like too far into the brain, you lose the forest for the trees.

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Carl Zimmer

    Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for the New York Times and magazines such as Discover, where he is a contributing editor and columnist. He is the author of twelve books, the most recent of which is “Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.” His website is