Dreaming of Dendrites

Last night I had a dream. There was a voice in my head, just a disembodied voice that said, give him time, the dendrites need time to grow. And then I saw an image of like branches sprouting from a tree, and they were growing. Then the voice said, for most people they grow faster. His need more time. Give them time to grow. Keep trying. And then I woke up.

Now let me explain what’s fascinating about this dream. I have NO idea what dendrites are. I never took anatomy, paid 0 attention to all my classes in high school that had anything to do with biology and the human body (and I’ve been out of high school for 10 years, and majored in literature in college).

When I woke up I remembered the dream perfectly, vividly. And of course the first thing I did was run to Google to look for the definition of dendrites:

“The dendrites of a neuron are cellular extensions with many branches, where the majority of input to the neuron occurs. The overall shape and structure of a neuron’s dendrites is called its dendritic tree. ”

And here’s a picture of them:

Crazy huh!

So I think I have an answer to all of my questioning! Give the dendrites time to grow.

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