“What is the book?
What is mind?
How can one bridge the two? “

“In the adult hippocampus, a brain region that is important for memory, new neurons are generated continuously. A study now shows that these newly generated neurons are preferentially activated during learning and recall of new memories.”

Young and excitable: new neurons in memory networks”
Josef Bischofberger

” A single, socially stressful situation can kill off new nerve cells in the brain region that processes learning, memory, and emotion, and possibly contribute to depression, new animal research shows.

Researchers found that in young rats, the stress of encountering aggressive, older rats did not stop the generation of new nerve cells-the first step in the process of neurogenesis. But stress did prevent the cells, located in the hippocampus, from surviving, leaving fewer new neurons for processing feelings and emotions.”

Stress and Neurogenesis in the Rat
Rosanne M. Thomas, Gregory Hotsenpiller, and Daniel A. Peterson
The Journal of Neuroscience, March 14, 2007, 27(11)
(see pages 2734–2743)

“Think of the 100 billion times per day humans click on a Web page as a way of teaching the Machine what we think is important. Each time we forge a link between words, we teach it an idea.”

Kevin Kelly. We are the Web. Wired. Issue 13.08 – August 2005