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Seeking references on animals with fully understood nervous systems (??horseshoe crab)

maxwell mmmaxwell at hotmail.com
Fri Jul 27 16:20:50 EST 2001


Bob Els <tropbob at aol.com> wrote in message
news:8948ffc7.0107262302.1474aa8 at posting.google.com...
> Thanks everybody for the information and references. I am writing a
> book a part of which will convey the "mechanicalness" of a simple
> nervous system. I wanted the part to be solid and compelling. That's
> why the need for authoritative references. Additionally it would be
> great for some readable references for readers who wanted more
> information.
>
> The Aplysia californica is indeed the animal to use. Still, after
> going through several books ("From Neuron to Brain", 3rd ed,
Nicholls
> et al,"Neuron Networks and Motor Behavior" by Kupfermann et al,
> "Spikes" - just for some of the introduction - by Rieke et al) I am
> surprised at how complex the subject is even for this most simple
and
> well-known animal. Yet it is better to know the truth - I will need
to
> change slightly the direction of the section in the book. (I have to
> admit that my awe of the living part of the universe increases the
> more I dig into this material - it is one thing to know something in
> general terms but quite another to see it in concrete details - and
to
> realize that this sort of thing is all around us - indeed in us.).
>
> There was a lot of information in your responses and again I want to
> thank you. Wilms' point that any neuroscience text will have plenty
of
> info was helpful since Kandel's book seems completely unobtainable.
> Wilms' phrase "many behavioural aspects" indicated that even with
this
> most well-know animal not all behaviors have been mapped to certain
> groups of neurons, let alone how it is connected with individual
> neurons; Deperaux's information about the C. Elegans and the
horseshoe
> crab, and more info on Aplysia and Kandel, and info about what
nerves
> are easy to study (not many); Murray's project on artificial brains;
> Teo's interesting information on the Medicinal Leech and the
> interesting phase diagram on the website; and Maxwell's reference to
> Kandel's book, and diplomatic corrections to the terms I was using
to
> search on horseshoe crab, and information on horse shoe crab
material
> and Hartline's work.
>
> I will definitely drop the horseshoe crab and go with Aplysia. So
that
> the reader can get an idea of the complexity of this sea hare -
> another question. What would be a good reference for finding out how
> many neurons ants have?
>
> Neither Amazon.com nor Barnes and Noble website nor Border's website
> have Kandel's book, Behavioural biology of Aplysia.

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 Nor did our
> University Library (University of Nevada Las Vegas) have the book.
So
> I put in a request to our library system for an inter-library loan
to
> see if it will show up.
>
> Bob




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