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Nerves are not wires

 •  • by Paul Ingraham
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Here’s an interesting example of how “wiring” and “plumbing” analogies only go so far in biology. Notice the nerve movement in this little imaging video:

If those optic nerves were wires, you could heat ‘em up and break ‘em by watching a tennis match. But of course nerves are much more robust than wires! We don’t get overuse injuries of the optic nerve.