“It’s an enormous, far-flung antenna that’s listening to thousands of synaptic inputs distributed in space along that branching structure from all the other neurons in the network,” Harnett says.
Antennae sure work for me! I was expecting neurons would (like on other types of cells for sensing things like motion and odors/chemicals) have them too, but I did not exactly know where they were, as though neural antennae were too small to image or something. Now I do! Thanks!
Although it’s just what I would (in a perfect world) for vocabulary streamlining and intuitive purposes would personally like to see happen in response to being confirmed true: after a phase in period where “dendrite/antenna” or “antenna/dendrite” is used to warn of two words for the same thing everyone switch to calling a dendrite an antenna. At least this way be easier for newcomers to remember which is sensing, the axon or dendrite/antenna.