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The Root of Thought: Unlocking Glia—The ... > 15. Cities and Highways Revisited

15. Cities and highways revisited

As researchers scour the highways in the land that is our brain, they examine all the potholes and roadside trash as if it exhibits significant meaning. The baked and deteriorating pavement for the transport of electrical signals long distances was believed to contain all the information in the brain. Now, as researchers turn their microscopes and equipment to the astrocytes, the cities in this land, they are beginning to realize where the information in our brain lies and how it is created.

It has been more than 100 years since Cajal gave Golgi a beating in Stockholm. However, just because Cajal beat Golgi doesn’t mean he’s right. When Mike Tyson slaughtered Spinks and his ridiculous socks 20 years ago in 91 seconds, it didn’t mean Tyson had triumphed viscerally or that his boxing philosophy was some tenant of truth—it just meant he was the strongest. In the mid-1980s, glia was becoming understood to be much more important than Cajal’s brother Pedro thought.


  

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