April 22, 2006 - kenshinjeff
Indexing the brain
I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things, so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it. Now the skilful workman is very careful indeed as to what he takes into his brain-attic. He will have nothing but the tools which may help him in doing his work, but of these he has a large assortment, and all in the most perfect order.
We know by now, that’s not true, the brain can technically store an infinite amount of memory. Or at least store more data than one could ever imagine.
What’s more amazing is that the brain is able to process data and churn out useful information. From those who have photographic memory, we know that it is possible to index it in such a way that information can popout just like that.