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Joanna Cruz

Student , The Cooper Union For The Advancement of Science and Art

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Would you rather be an information producer, propagator, or consumer?

In my Bioelectricity class this week, we talked about the propagation of electrical signals in the body. We learned that sensory cells and neurons act like information "producers." As sensory cells in the eye, ear, nose, tongue and body generate the electric signals that stimulate neurons, "information" is produced by the body! This information is then transmitted in the form of action potentials (or "spikes") along myelinated axons which act as "information propagators" as they efficiently and rapidly distribute these signals. These signals may be received by the dendrites of other neurons which act as receivers, or "consumers" of the action potentials.

Learning this material has inspired me to ask: how can biology inspire us as we disseminate "ideas worth spreading?” or as we consider our roles as information producers, information propagators, or an information consumers? How can we best help propagate worthy and novel ideas?


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    Feb 23 2012: Hi Joanna,
    nice topic!

    I think we all tend to become producer.
    Today, social media transformed everyone into a little producer of data, or a bigger one.

    It reminds me the Zawinski's law about the softwares which said:
    "Every program attempts to expand until it can read mail. Those programs which cannot so expand are replaced by ones which can."
    Fortunately, we wouldn't be replaced ourself, but finally, it is the same concept for people.
    We all tend to become producer progressively after to have been only consumer, then a bit propagator.

    It is like a unspeciation, I mean, we are becoming less dedicated but more global in our social behaviour.

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