Monday, February 05, 2007
Hyperlinks are Synapses
I continue to be intrigued by the idea of the internet mirroring a human brain. In this metaphor (simile?) each of us contributing content to the internet is like a neuron. As I was adding a link to my site yesterday it struck me that I was setting up a connection-- a synapse if you will-- to another neuron somewhere. I like to think about pathways of synapses, firing off between neurons, creating thought patterns and building upon itself. Those synapses that get used more will grow more, while those that get used less will fade away... kind of like the links on websites that get outdated, and no longer reach other pages [also called "link rot"].