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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 28 2012: I totally agree with David Bismark's comment. I think in our modern world, we are all producers, propagators and consumers of information. We have very little choice in this matter.
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      Feb 28 2012: I disagree about humans not having a choice in this matter, and I don't think that's what David was getting at. Mentioning "ordinary people" does not imply these people do not have to try hard to be producers, propagators, and consumers of information. I think it takes a great deal of effort to become all three, and once people enter this "positive loop" it becomes easier to stay in this loop. I share similar beliefs as those who posted before me about being an information consumer until a certain point in life. After that point, it becomes easier to propagate and produce.

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