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What happens to consciousness during anesthesia?

Asked by Arglebargle_IV (68points) May 31st, 2008

somewhere I came across the idea that a measure of the effectiveness of an anesthesia (drug) could be predicted by how well the compound dissolved in olive oil.
olive oil supposedly like our nerve cells (in some manner I don’t get) and the better the drug dissolves the more effective it can be.
there was some speculation about how anesthesia drug interacted at the molecular/quantum (??) level that explained how anesthesia could stop the mind without killing the nervous system.
am I dreaming this up? know more?

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