Monday, June 11, 2007
A Shocking Idea: Nerves Might Run on Sound, Not Electricity
Link to original article at Wired.com
Most people know that nerves work by passing electrical currents from cell to cell. But you might be surprised to learn that no one knows exactly how anesthetics stop nerves from carrying pain signals.
That's why two scientists believe that we really don’t know how nerves work after all.
According to their controversial theory, electricity is just a side effect of how nerves really operate: by conducting high-density waves of pressure that resemble sound reverberating through a pipe.
Here is a book that touches on similar ideas - Frank:
This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession