archiv~1: Re: SETI Pegasus

Re: SETI Pegasus

James Sharman ( (no email) )
Sat, 7 Nov 1998 01:21:35 -0000

|I think I'll jump in here. I'm no doctor, but I'm fairly sure the
|hippocampus (which always sounds to me like a gay latin hippo - ...
|bye bye credibility) is responsible for organising the short-term
|memory and deciding what goes into long term storage (if not deciding,
|then just doing it). Thus, anyone with a damaged hc will not be able
|to remember anything between the last few hours and the time the
|damage occured.
|I think I saw this on a David Suzuki special "The Brain" (and only
|days later on Star Trek DS9 - now, that was spooky).

Gay Latin Hippo? Star Trek DS9? Begone you foul demons of credibility! I
command you to leave this list forever!

Back to the more serious side. My knoledge of the brains inner workings
stem from a single semester at university about 4 years ago studying how the
brain works and how we can learn from it with regard to A.I. So I am not
exactly an authority on the subject, my lecturer did actual go to pains to
point out that our understaning of what various parts of the brain do and
how they interelate is limited and tends to change from time to time (hey,
but we have come along way from the time biologists thought the brain was
simply a 'radiator' for cooling the blood).

If I got something wrong I'm sorry but the general gist of what I was saying
came through.


ps: I just pulled out my trusty copy of the oxford english dictionary and it
has this to say on the subject:

Hippocampus: 1) any marine fish of the genus Hippocampus, swimming in an
upright position and with a head suggestive of a horse; a sea horse. 2)
Anat. the elongated ridges on the floor of each lateral ventricle of the
brain, thought to be the centre of emotion and the autonomic nervous system.
[L f. Gk hippokampos f. hippos horse + kampos sea monster].

Well, presuming your right and understanding of the Gay Latin Hippo has
moved on then at least my dodgy photocopied lecture notes are in relatively
good company. Prehaps someone who actualy knows something about this
subject should settle it (but prehaps just over email to Chris and I, this
thread started somewhat off-topic and hasn't really been heading in the
write direction ever since).