Bayesian stats (githubbed, iPython notebooked)

Someone has put up on github a very interesting experiment. An experiment I hope will succeed well. They have started a tutorial on Bayesian statistics in the form of an iPython notebook (which as you may recall allows you to embed python code, plots, text and math, into a notebook format, much like Maple or …

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The other great analog-digital debate

Some of you are old enough to remember the great analog-v-digital debate: Vinyl or CD? This post is about the OTHER great (but slightly less well known) analog-v-digital debate: do we simulate neurons on digital computers or on custom designed analog VLSI chips? When I was at the Univ. of Maryland I was hooked on …

Optogenetics vs Electrics

Since very early on, we have known that electrical currents can affect the nervous system. The most well known and successful use of electrical stimulation in the nervous system is the cochlear implant. A tiny and clever signal processor converts sounds recorded in a microphone into electrical pulses that drive neurons in the patient's auditory …