Does Science Admit Being Wrong?

Do human cells have a memory different than our standard neural (brain) recall?

According to a contrarian organization that exposes urban myths offering facts without researched scientific proof. They state, Cellular Memory is a speculative notion that human body cells contain clues to our own personalities, tastes and motivation. They only accept brain cell (neuronal) memory.

They point out that there is no scientific proof that ordinary cells record memories independent of our genetic codes or neurons (brain cells).

Wikipedia, the online excellent encyclopedia agrees, stating -
Cellular Memory is a belief based on anecdotal evidence of organic transplants.

“To date, no case where memories have been passed has been recorded in medical or scientific journals.” That means believing in Cellular Memory is Science Fiction.

So What

July 30, 2008, University of California, SF. Cocaine addition is linked to voluntary drug use and Cellular Memory. The research with rats who are excellent human substitutes indicates, persistent cellular memory exists in the brain’s reward
center after the use of cocaine.

The scientist experiment with active choice made by rats proves a memory remains
in the cells. Addiction is more than just the pharmacological effects of a drug. Add to the drug, cellular memory of receiving a reward imprinted as a memory trace.

Here, Antonello Bonci, M.D. senior researcher, offers conclusive evidence the cocaine memory remains in the reward system called the Ventral Tegmental Area (VTA) for rat-months and human years after the original use.

See: Ventral Tegmental Area, the brain’s key natural reward and motivational circuit. Only cool folks know the three (3) human reward centers in the brain include VTA, the neurotransmitter Dopamine, and the Nucleus Accumbens.

Here Another So What

Nature journal, January 23, 2008 reported: Cellular Memory hints at the origins
of intelligence. Learning and memory has been exclusively associated with neuronal (brain cells). Maybe not.

How about learning and memory in protoplasmic SLIME, a unicellular organism with multiple nuclei? When the amoeba Physarum polycephalum is given electrical shocks at regular intervals, the SLIME learns the pattern of shocks and changes
its behavior in anticipation of the expected next blowup. It has cellular memory.

Cool folks will speculate on the mystery of discovering motivating intelligence in simple SLIME. The latter is our revered ancestor, related through evolution.
Google: Nature 451, 385, on 1.23.08

Question: Where does the human learning memory reside?

Answer: Scientific evidence was first discovered in 2008. It is located in our Long-Term Synaptic Potentiation (LTP) and the Hippocampus. They work together.

Get This

The adult human brain adds grey matter volume (structurally and functionally) when we learn a new cognitive or motor skill. Use it or lose it. Grey matter is the
brain’s neuronal cell bodies, White matter in the brain is the myelin sheathing (insulation) covering the same neuron’s axons permitting fast nerve impulse communication between cells.


If you learn a new cognitive (vocabulary or idea) or motor skill, and use what you
discovered, in 90 days your brain increases and improves throughout your life to
age 92.

If you remember this, you are on your way to becoming a brilliant star. Over 76% of your brain is occupied by the Neocortex, the logical, reasoning new brain.

When you learn to play a new game, vocabulary of a foreign language, or teach someone something you know and they would like to know, you improve the working power of your own brain.


Would it help students in school and executives in their career to read and remember three (3) books, articles and reports in the time their peers can
hardly finish one? Triple your permanent reading speed and double your
long-term memory. Ask us how.

See ya,

copyright © 2008
H. Bernard Wechsler

Author's Bio: 

Author of Speed Reading For Professionals, published by Barron's,
business partner of Evelyn Wood, creator of speed reading, graduating 2 million, including the White House staffs of four
U.S. Presidents.