First of all, I would like to say that I know nothing about cognitive sciences. I am just posting this question because it interested me and I stumbled across this group in stack exchange.
I was recently speaking to a cognitive scientist who had just finished modelling a certain function of the brain for his thesis (using a simulation program).
He soon told me that this can be done because the neurons are an analogue system and this analogue system can be modeled using math (like any analogue system that I know of).
My first question was: Does his task in "modelling the neurons" have a fixed set of rules or steps logical that he follows.
He said that there are clearly defined rules even though many rules are still undefined.
Then my second question was: Could it be possible to automate the task of "modelling the neurons" (using IT) in order to make larger systems more quickly and to test the disputable arguments more quickly.
Now my question to the forum is: Is this a realistic approach and has anyone here already tried to do this? Before waving it aside please consider the fact that IT has been used to develop software that can solve complex problems. Ie. Mathematica, Sage, Matlab etc..
I am aware that it is much more complicated than math, but if it is possible to define rules it should also be possible to apply those rules automatically...
I'm sorry if I used bad or confusing terminology. I have no clue about this field and I am just asking out of curiosity..