Brain Capacity?

Kevin Spencer kspencer at
Mon Mar 10 02:23:36 EST 1997

ak057 at (Shane Markle) writes:

>I recently heard of a calculation of the general amount of information 
>stored in a human brain, represented in bits, and need to know what that 
>capacity is.  If anyone has the figures, would they please email them to 
>me at aa642 at  It's needed to settle an argument/discussion.  
>Thank you in advance.

Whatever this number turns out to be, I wouldn't put any faith in it.
The brain isn't a computer based on binary logic.  It certainly doesn't
store information as bits.

Kevin Spencer
Cognitive Psychophysiology Laboratory and Beckman Institute
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
kspencer at

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