Sketch of a Neuron

Jonathan Caswell:

NEURONIC!

Originally posted on The Quantum Thought:

Today, I purchased a small sketchbook and some nice quality pens from the USC bookstore, and then this happened.

Neuron Sketch
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It’s a neuron. At the bottom of the sketch, you see the axonal terminal leading up along the highway of the axon to the bulbous cell body, and finally to the myriad branches of the dendrites. Notice that it really doesn’t look too unlike a tree (see Design of a Tree: https://thequantumthought.wordpress.com/2014/11/28/fall/)

Imagine what each connection might represent in terms of your experience. Or perhaps are connections only noteworthy when we consider multiple at a time? Probably instead it’s that systems of similar connections pool their influences together, and that cumulation enables us to think about and sense our experiences.

It’s so amazing to realize that throwing together 85 billion of these cells in an unimaginably intricate design gives rise to you and me. Our minds are products of…

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It Ain’t Necessarily So

Jonathan Caswell:

I’D SING IT….BUT MY BASS-BARITONE MIGHT NOT USE THE RIGHT TUNE! :)

Originally posted on An Alpine Symphony:

This is a more modern piece of classical music written by George Gershwin for the violin. I want to keep this posting brief, in response to a question I have been asked by many of my friends. “Okay Rose,” they say, “So you’re looking at all these processes that are extenuating climate change, so what’s the solution?” Fair question.

Sadly, I not only don’t have an answer, and technically can’t answer.

In science, some labs are dedicated to just understanding the processes. Others are dedicated to the solutions. We symbolize the first step to understanding. The solutions are not what our lab is about. We hope that once we have our findings published, the scientific community will be able to start considering the solutions. That being said, I can speak to what I think, looking forward. Of course, the caveat is that this is ONLY my opinion, based off my…

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Hesston Scenic Railroad

Jonathan Caswell:

LOVE IT!!!!!

Originally posted on Vector Charley:

The railroad company cannot assume responsibility for delays incurred as a result of Indian attacks, hold ups, Confederate raiding parties or lack of adequate daylight in the deep woods. The railroad company cannot assume responsibility for delays incurred as a result of Indian attacks, hold ups, Confederate raiding parties or lack of adequate daylight in the deep woods.

Happiness is riding the Hesston Scenic Railroad. Happiness is riding the Hesston Scenic Railroad at the Hesston Steam Museum in lovely La Porte County, Indiana.

A man and his locomotive head out on the Hesston Scenic Railroad.  A man and his locomotive head out on the Hesston Scenic Railroad.

This locomotive was made in Germany in 1936 and came to America as a war reparation. This locomotive was made in Germany in 1936 and came to America as a war reparation.

Hang out at Hesston Steam Museum with us this summer.  Visit: www.hesston.org Hang out at Hesston Steam Museum with us this summer. Visit: http://www.hesston.org

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I Didn’t Teach Them Modesty…They Taught Themselves

Jonathan Caswell:

WE CAN HOPE IT CONTINUES….?

Originally posted on Pieces and Parts:

That time has come. The dreaded, awful, painful, yearly time. For me, anyway.

Bathing suits.

Both girls needed new suits this year. This is a neverending issue. Every summer. They’re not fans of wedgies or from the tops of their old suits showing too much.

To the store we trekked. They picked out a few to try on. To the fitting rooms we trekked.

“Don’t come in here with me,” they both told me.

“I want to see each one you try on, then,” I countered. I stood with my phone. Updating of games to commence.

As each door creaked open, I could see brown hair peeking out from their head. They didn’t want their whole bodies outside that door, so to the door I trekked.

“I like it, except look.” Oldest turns around to show me the back of this two-piece. The bottom was a regular bathing suit bottom…

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