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Old 3rd May 2019, 11:55 PM   #121
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Originally Posted by Crawtator View Post
New information on the relation of sleep, the hippocampus and the neocortex. Remembered this thread and thought some of you might find this interesting.

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-...-memories.html
Intriguing.

It would also explain the bizarre dreams that I have about complex houses (which are always mine)...

... Perhaps dreams are part of the memory storage mechanism?

I'm probably only thinking this because of the "Sherlock" TV series which refers to "memory palaces".
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Old 4th May 2019, 03:28 PM   #122
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Originally Posted by Cheetah View Post
That does not make sense to me. Animals need to be awake to do everything they do.

Whether an animal has no consciousness, only instincts, or just a rudimentary consciousness, they still use their whole brains to function.

It has been proposed that sleep allows animals to use less resources by being inactive but this theory also does not hold water.
Indeed. It would make far more evolutionary sense in that case to reduce the brain so you also don't need the resources to grow it so large in the first place.
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