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To paraphrase a great American President, "It's the synapses, stupid!". Okay, so maybe he really, really wanted to get Americans to vote for him, and so he was being a bit dramatic, but the principle is the same. Sometimes, people just get hung up looking at the wrong thing, and need to be redirected. First, a simplistic primer. A nerve (brain) cell has ...


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As you remembered, the human brain also has a lot of plasticity, your question remember me the case of a French man who has only 10% of the brain mass and, as far as I know, quite defies the understanding of how neurons work. As for the dendrites, well ... Dendrites of elephant neurons are similar to what you describe. Although these fantastic animals have ...


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I am afraid this cannot be answered in a black and white fashion. It strongly depends on where the discarded 50% of neurons was located, and when the cut happened. The number of neurons alone doesn't account for an animal intellectual performance, else the sperm whale, having the largest brain in mass, would outsmart humans. It is also true that some brain ...


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