The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies---How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths - Chapter 6: The Believing Neuron Summary & Analysis

Michael Shermer
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Chapter 6: The Believing Neuron Summary and Analysis

The term "mind" is the word that is used to describe neural activity in the brain. The mind does not exist without a brain. The fundamental structure of all thought and brain activity is the neuron. Understanding how the neuron works is key to understanding belief. The brain consists of a staggering number of neurons about a hundred billion of several hundred different types. The strength of neuron transmissions is measured in three ways: 1) by transmission frequency 2) type of neuron; and, 3) number of neurons involved. This process is endless and therefore the brain is an infinite information processing machine. One way the brain fulfills its primary purpose—the functioning and survival of the body—is through association learning or patternicity which is the link between the neurons and human action.

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