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    dubstep_joe
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    I’m wondering… If a neuron can be either ‘on’ or ‘off’ this represent a binary digit… So if we took the maximum denisty of neurons per cubic meter… Could we get rough estimate on how much ‘bits’ a brain could theoretically posses at a given instance?

    #1264208

    thelog
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    I was thinking more shred up some books and jam them in your ears until your head is full.

    #1264232

    Deezl
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    Not all the brain is responsible for memory though. The hippocampus is, so if we knew how large this was in an average human, and how many neurons it possesed i guess we could get a really rough estimate.
    Theoretically though it would differ from person to person a lot, or at least i imagine it would.

    #1264217

    Chrispydelic
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    I believe 2.5 petabyte is a rough estimate that most scientists bandy about but obviously the human brain doesn’t really work like a flash drive.

    Memories themselves are subject to change over time depending on one’s perception and there are various filters, asscociations etc to consider.

    How do you quantify a unit of human memory? What do you count as memory? It’s all very subjective because the brain does not just collect and store data like a computer.

    #1264210

    p0ly
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    #1264219

    Izbeckistan
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    The answer is twelvty.

    #1264213

    barrettone
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    @dubstep_joe 513110 wrote:

    I’m wondering… If a neuron can be either ‘on’ or ‘off’ this represent a binary digit… So if we took the maximum denisty of neurons per cubic meter… Could we get rough estimate on how much ‘bits’ a brain could theoretically posses at a given instance?

    That’s not how a neuron works. They don’t represent binary digits but rather they are “analogue.” The brain isn’t a complicated computer. It is much more complex than that.

    #1264226

    korno
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    well yer hippo depends on how much sleep ya get.

    #1264220

    The Psyentist
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    @korno 513179 wrote:

    well yer hippo depends on how much sleep ya get.

    I can’t sleep. Is this why I don’t have a hippopotamus?

    #1264221

    The Psyentist
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    Wow for someone who’s only had approximately 6hours sleep in the last 120hours that was quite witty if I do say so myself.

    #1264227

    korno
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    @The Psyentist 513184 wrote:

    Wow for someone who’s only had approximately 6hours sleep in the last 120hours that was quite witty if I do say so myself.

    Yes someone who’s only had approximately 6hours sleep in the last 120hours would think that :laugh_at:

    #1264222

    The Psyentist
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    @korno 513185 wrote:

    Yes someone who’s only had approximately 6hours sleep in the last 120hours would think that :laugh_at:

    And only somebody on a multiday phet binge would consider that facetious remark amusing

    #1264211

    dubstep_joe
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    @barrettone 513174 wrote:

    That’s not how a neuron works. They don’t represent binary digits but rather they are “analogue.” The brain isn’t a complicated computer. It is much more complex than that.

    Awww noooo. My christmas is ruined haha.

    #1264233

    Deezl
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    In fact, surely the amount the brain can hold is infinite, as memories are constantly erased, re written over and improved upon over time (with numerical recall, word recall etc.)
    But then again thats an exchange of data since some is being deleted to make way for the new.
    But you wouldn’t know you’d lost some, it would be gone forever so i guess it may as well be infinite..

    #1264212

    dubstep_joe
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    @deezl 513242 wrote:

    In fact, surely the amount the brain can hold is infinite, as memories are constantly erased, re written over and improved upon over time (with numerical recall, word recall etc.)
    But then again thats an exchange of data since some is being deleted to make way for the new.
    But you wouldn’t know you’d lost some, it would be gone forever so i guess it may as well be infinite..

    Hence why I mentioned ‘at a given instance’. But surely it can’t be infinite… I mean atoms eventually(lol) take up physical space…

    #1264228

    korno
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    The fairy mind mother has a whole universe to store all your memories in, and when you need to remember something she drops it into your head!

    #1264229

    korno
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    why do we forget where we’ve put something but?

    #1264234

    Deezl
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    BECAUSE YOUR OLDD!!
    Nah seriously its just because sometimes the memory isn’t reinforced into your memory properly and you subconsciously gain more important information so it just removes memories that were never really there anyway. I think.

    #1264230

    korno
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    @deezl 513253 wrote:

    BECAUSE YOUR OLDD!!.

    Haahaha yer wee shite!

    #1264214

    know_hope
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    @The Psyentist 513183 wrote:

    I can’t sleep. Is this why I don’t have a hippopotamus?

    u don’t have a hippo to help u sleep?? aw

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    i saw some doc that said the hippocampus also has a role to erase memory, in which case mine is working very well

    @deezl 513253 wrote:

    BECAUSE YOUR OLDD!!

    she’s not old, you’re just veeery ickle 🙁

    #1264231

    korno
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    @know_hope 513260 wrote:

    u don’t have a hippo to help u sleep?? aw

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    :love: hahaha thats mega cute!

    #1264223

    The Psyentist
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    @korno 513256 wrote:

    Haahaha yer wee shite!

    Well to be fair you had a senior moment and didn’t even finish your question. You ended it with but?

    And the delightful young gentleman still had the decency to provide an answer.

    #1264224

    The Psyentist
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    @know_hope 513260 wrote:

    u don’t have a hippo to help u sleep?? aw

    She’s carrying a few spare tyres but I wouldn’t call my girlfriend a hippopotamus.

    *DISCLAIMER
    If you ever read this dear you know I love you. You mean the world to me:love:

    Please don’t chop my knob off

    #1264215

    know_hope
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    @The Psyentist 513283 wrote:

    Well to be fair you had a senior moment and didn’t even finish your question

    we’re all senior members here, no need to split hairs

    #1264209

    thelog
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    MOE!!!!

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