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August 31, 2013

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Rob MacDougall

Hi John:

I don't know if you're still looking for info on electrical/biological nervous system metaphors, but if you are, one source I can recommend is Laura Otis' book Networking: Communicating with Bodies and Machines in the Nineteenth Century (2001). It's about metaphors people have used to describe nerves and the nervous system - primarily the electrical/telegraph metaphor of the 19th century, but also hydraulic metaphors in the 17th and 18th and cybernetic/web metaphors in the 20th. If you don't have it in a library near you, I can even send you a few pages of notes on it.

Long time no comment, I know, but I'm still lurking and reading regularly.

All the best,
Rob

John F. Ptak

Thanks for that, Rob! Never heard of it before and it looks as though I can get it online for cheap--20 bucks or thereabouts. I like the idea of drawing all of that different stuff (lit neuro mechanics phys) together, but never really know what to make of how people see that those guys influenced one another back-and-forth. Like Henderson's book on the fourth dimension in art and science, though I think she comes to the conclusion that there wasn't much going from art-to-sci. I'm very curious to look at all of the references in this book. Thanks!

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