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Philosophical ideas as the quintessence of the understanding of neuroscience
  • Alexander Dimitrov
Alexander Dimitrov
Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

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Abstract

In this article the author intends to expose the link between philosophy and neuroscience. Several cases are considered as illustrations. Conservation of matter allows everything to be expressed in terms of (integro)-differential equations, also known as the continuity equation. Theoretically, an idea associated with any process may impose its own framework. The mechanism of action potential generation proposed by Hodgkin and Huxley has introduced voltage-gated ionic channels. Thus a framework has been established, where all possible channels as well as pumps and transporters that supply corresponding ionic gradients have to be experimentally identified together with their possible features. With the mechanism of resting state formation recently proposed by the author, an example of a possible future framework of intercellular direct energy transfer has been presented. However, a full description of the (integro)-differential equations at some point in time does not mean a complete description of all the processes that may take place, nor does it provide understanding of each individual process. Therefore, three layers reflecting equations, processes and understanding could be outlined. Understanding of the processes could be formulated as a philosophical idea. A list of such ideas to a great extent reflects our understanding of the field. Philosophical ideas are thus able both to give more details in the structure of the description of the (integro)-differential equations and to reflect the understanding of the processes that develop and evolve in these equations.