"The mind is a compact, multiply connected thought mass with internal connections of the most intimate kind. It grows continuously as new thought masses enter it, and this is the means by which it continues to develop."

Bernhard Riemann On Psychology and Metaphysics ca. 1860

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Friday, October 21, 2011

The Essence of Change

The universal law of dynamics is nonlinear growth. The spiral form of that growth that is presented to humanity across domains and scales ranging from the infinite to the infinitesimal bespeaks a power that finds its epitome only in the sublime beauty that rules our imagination.

The cochlea is a spiral-shaped tunnel in the bony labyrinth of the inner ear. Its principal component is a strip of sensory tissue (red) called the organ of Corti. The organ of Corti is lined with rows of auditory hair cells. Hair bundles that project from the hair cells are deflected in response to sound-induced vibrations in the basilar membrane. This bending opens mechanically gated ion channels, initiating the conversation of the sound-induced mechanical stimulus into an electrical transmission
.M'hamed Grati and Bechara Kachar, NIDCD/NIH

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