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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 22 2012: As Luke stated before, I often come into thinking whether I'm an information consumer or producer. I guess it does not only matter the volume of information we may conduct, it is very important to be aware of the quality of the information we may receive or produce.

    You wrote about how information is produced and processed in our bodies, but this is a default setting of information transmission. People are even more complex than this organization as we handle information based on each one's set of values.

    I happen to like to think about myself as a FILTER. I analyze information carefully and spread it if I think is valuable info to share with people that may need it.

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      Feb 24 2012: Thanks for your comment!!!!

      Thank you for pointing out our complexity which I completely agree with.

      I love how you describe yourself to be a FILTER. It is similar to a propagator but a more specific classification. I feel the way to handle information not only depends on our set of values but also the situation to which we must apply those values. We may choose to do the opposite of what we normally would. Maybe to make your classification more specific, do you think we are conditional or situational filters?

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