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The probability for the local field to be positive is given by p[hi>0]= r dhiP(hi). 13) V™ Jo the probability becomes I[ (^)]. 14) • To summarize, the dynamics of biological neurons rests on a set of basic mechanisms which are retained in the building of a theory of formal neurons. These are: o The nature of the transmission of information between the units of the network through standard signals, the action potential. This observation allows the consideration of formal neurons as binary automata.
Where the turning point lies is not known. For example, the existence of a given cortical microcolumn seems not to matter, but the status of columns is less clear, although plasticity on a large scale has been observed. Along the same line of thoughts, one could suggest that evolution has not managed to make certain organisms cross the turning point, which could explain that the nervous systems of those creatures are fully wired and made of labeled neurons. In our opinion these arguments show that it is legitimate to build a statistical theory of neural networks, as least as long as we consider these networks as small parts of large systems, say as cortical microcolumns.
1): • The central processor is the cortex, a flat structure which lies on the surface of the brain. • The thalamus plays the role of a 'frontal' computer. 1. The architecture of the central nervous system (CNS) of mammals. which flows to and from the cortex is processed by the thalamus. The thalamus is made of regions or nuclei, which make connections with specialized structures. For example, the signals coming from the eyes pass on their way to the cortex through a thalamic nucleus which is called the lateral geniculate nucleus (LGN).