I contacted erowid recently, with the proposal to write a text that would hopefully bring the laymen up to a reasonable standard, as far as neuropharmacology/neurophysiology goes, in regards to psychoactive drugs.
The erowid team replied, saying that they would love it.
What I'm now proposing to you guys, is that we write it. I suggest that a single person is asked to write a section/chaper (hopefully one you're familiar with). Erowid suggested using a Wiki, and I think that after we've written it up in posts in here, we can port it over to one, and link it all up.
The chapter layout I proposed to erowid basically looked like this
-What is a cell (BilZ0r)
---What is a Neuron? (ksi and BilZ0r)
-What is a Protein?
---How proteins are produced (crOOk and BilZ0r)
-----What is a receptor? (BilZ0r)
-----What is an Enzyme? BilZ0r)
-Electrical properties of the Neuron (BilZ0r)
-----Voltage Gated Ion channels (BilZ0r)
-----Ligand Gated Ion channels (BilZ0r)
-Chemical properties of the Neuron
---The synapse (BilZ0r)
---G-Protein Coupled Receptors, and signalling cascades (BilZ0r)
---Homeostasis in Neuronal Signalling (BilZ0r)
-Learning, memory and addiction on a cellular level (BilZ0r)
-Monoamine transporters and the amphetamines (BilZ0r)
-GPCRs under the microscope (mitogen)
And then maybe some special topics, like neurotoxicity, or anything a particular contributor has a zest for (so long as its appropriate).
Right, so do I have any volunteers? Any suggestion on changing the chapter structure
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