The NEURAL DOCTRINE IN AXIOMATIC FORM
This page presents the New Neuron Doctrine based on the Electrolytic Theory of the Neuron. The wording below is one of two. An alternate wording can be found in Section 2.6.2 of the Introductory Chapter of "The Neuron and the Neural System: An Electrolytic Paradigm" downlaadable from the document page of this website.
A new Electrolytic Theory of the Neuron has emerged during the preparation of this work that answers many questions left unanswered by the previous chemical theory applied to neuroscience. The Electrolytic Theory is also able to answer questions that have not even been formulated under the chemical theory. It will be summarized here to reflect the material developed above and to provide a preview of the material to follow.
The neural system of any organism consists of a series of electrolytic conduits interconnecting a series of fundamental physiological units of the neural system. Each fundamental physiological unit is a conexus. A conexus consists of an Activa, an active electrolytic liquid-crystalline semiconducting device, and its associated electrical components.
Accepting the above paradigm shift requires that much of the neurological literature of 1950-2000 be reexamined for relevance. While most of the data remains relevant, much of the discussion does not. Accepting the above paradigm shift also leads to the complete description of the neural system contained in the following chapters.
Fortunately, this work finds no need to issue such a sweeping caveat to the Electrolytic Theory of the neuron as that by McGeer, et. al. for the previous chemical theory2. In defending their interpretation of the Neuron Doctrine based on the Chemical Theory of the Neuron, which was largely related to the synapse, they said " "It is well to keep in mind, therefore, that the classical descriptions presented here fall far short of telling the complete story of how neurons communicate by chemical messengers." The natural conclusion is that they were unable to confirm their ideological and largely conceptual position.
The Electrolytic Theory of the Neuron provides a very comprehensive description of how neurons communicate electrolytically without invoking any chemical messengers. It also shows that the purported chemical messengers actually affect the power supply to the neurons. They are not directly involved in signaling. Obviously, the Electrolytic Theory of the Neuron does not suffer from the problem of defining neurotransmitters highlighted in Chapter 5 of McGeer et al. It provides precise mathematical descriptions of the performance of each and every synapse and neuron.
If one abandons the chemically based Neuron Doctrine, and embraces a totally electrolytic framework, our understanding of the neuron and the neurological system can move forward very rapidly. It is the electrolytic theory of the neuron and neural system that is the basis of this work.
The long-sought, but never cytologically defined, ion-pump required by the chemical theory of the neuron is replaced by the electrostenolytic process, acting as an electron-pump, in the Electrolytic Theory of the Neuron.
The basic neuron can be described in considerable detail based on the Electrolytic Theory. Go to Neural Architecture to review this material.
The neural system can be described in considerable detail based on the Electolytic Theory. Go to Neural Architecture to review this material.
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Fulton, J. (2010) The Neuron and Neural System: An Electrolytic Paradigm. http://neuronresearch.net/neuron/document.htm
McGeer, P. Eccles, J. & McGeer, E. (1987) Molecular Neurobiology of the Mammalian Brain. NY: Plenum Press.