Selective Neurone Death as a Possible Memory Mechanism

  title={Selective Neurone Death as a Possible Memory Mechanism},
  author={Richard Dawkins},
  • R. Dawkins
  • Published 8 January 1971
  • Biology, Psychology
  • Nature
IT is a widely deplored fact that every day many thousands of our brain cells die and, unlike other types of cell, are never replaced1,2. I suggest that this may not be a purely destructive process, as is normally supposed, but may represent a mechanism for one of the brain's most constructive functions, memory or information storage. 
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