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Bill Clinton brain cells

A few weeks ago in New Scientist there was an article about how they found a brain cell in someone that fired in response to images of Bill Clinton, even drawings of him. This led them to think that this means that brain cells can process much more than previously thought and each cell would have the memory for one piece.

I think that’s rediculous. To stumble on the one cell out of millions that happens to be the Bill Clinton cell? I can believe that it’s part of a network that consistently fires in response to things associated with him, but to think that they stumbled upon the one cell out of billions? No. If that cell were removed I’m sure the person would still easily identify and have all their associations for Bill Clinton.

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