How much do we know?

kenneth paul collins KPCollins at
Mon Sep 30 23:26:43 EST 1996

Kyle Lahnakoski wrote:
> How many memories can the human brain hold?  How many individual tidbits
> of information does the average person know.

...there's no easy answer... whole memories are not stored... rather, minimal 
data is stored, and memory is accessed in a way that uses the stored minimal 
data to reconstruct the "memory"... my personal experience is that there's no 
limit... that there's always "room" for more... the only things close to 
constituting "limits" occur with respect to memory-addressing "time" 
constraints... and such amount to "addressing-horsepower" limits, rather than 
meomoy-capacity limits... ie, one cannot recall everything one's experienced in 
a second... unless, I've heard tell, one is in the act of witnessing one's 
violent demise... "life flashing before one's eyes"... don't care to do that 
experiment :-) 
People hate because they fear, and they fear because
they do not understand, and they do not understand 
because hating is less work than understanding.

More information about the Neur-sci mailing list