Let’s do a quick calculation…
At the largest neuroscience conference, SfN, there are maybe 30,000 scientists who show up. Let’s pretend that this is about 1/3 of all neuroscientists (probably an underestimate) so we get 100,000 of us suckers.
Now let’s pretend we could assign each one of them a neuron that we wanted them to study. And let’s pretend that we were going to try to understand mice because, well, why not. There are ~71,000,000 neurons in the mouse brain according to Wikipedia.
This means that the mouse has about 700 neurons per neuroscientist.
There are ~10^11 synapses in the mouse brain, or about 1400 per neuron. That means there are roughly 980,000 synapses per neuroscientist.
Additionally, inside of each neuron is a whole bunch of molecular machinery that we don’t understand. Here is a simplified schematic of one of these pathways (dopamine):
I have no idea how…
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