Context: please, if you haven’t yet, read my posts on the Neural Tribe (NT) Perspective –  Neural Tribe (an Introduction to the Meme)  and Neural Tribe Doctrine - to get a better sense of where I am coming from with all of this.  Both of these posts introduce a new narrative about what we are and what we aren’t.

Neural Topology, Neural Stats

Neurons are neurons whether they inhabit a mammalian form or an insect form. Mammalian and insect nervous systems differ in how they are distributed throughout the animal body.

Insect brains – unlike the brains of the vertebrates – are less consolidated and consist of neural ganglia (clusters) that innervate various body-parts. But this is all anatomical topology, different neural schematics, if you wish. But schematics and distribution patterns aside, neurons are essentially neurons, regardless of the species.

Which is why I propose that we unite under the same rubric of the Neural Tribe.

Sure, a typical cockroach has only about 1,000,000 neurons whereas a typical human boasts about 100,000,000,000 neurons. But that’s a difference in neural statistics and not a difference in neurons per se. The number of neurons is a measure of information-processing capacity.   It’s a quantitative difference, not a qualitative difference.  I don’t know about you but I am not sure that the number of neurons makes a difference in terms of one’s sense of being, in its informationally-pure form (e.g. when you are just kind of blank, when you are just being you).   What I am saying is that I am not sure that being a bee feels all that different from being a human being.  My guess is that being feels like being whichever body-form it happens to animate.

Sure, a bee and a human being differ in terms of the information we process, but (if you are familiar with my Lotus Effect thesis) we are not the information we process, we are not the thoughts, feelings, sensations that pass through us.  Subjectively, from within, we are a field of being.  And that just comes with being neural and has nothing to do with your particular neural topology or your neural stats.

It’s time we transcend the distinctions in neural topology and neural statistics.  It’s time we begin to recognize that neural microprocessor prowess aside, we are one and the same Neural Tribe.

My point is simple: wherever you find neurons, there – as a species – you are.

Stated differently: human is neural and neural is human.

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APA Reference
Somov, P. (2012). Wherever you find neurons, there – as a species – you are. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 30, 2015, from


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