# Thread: Is there a limit to how much the human brain can learn?

1. ## Is there a limit to how much the human brain can learn?

I was thinking, Lets say theres this book with 1,000,000 words and definitions. And your goal is learn all of them with a given time frame, like 5-10 years. So you're able to perfectly learn 40 a day if you practice really hard. But i'm sure there's someone smarter than you who can retain 60 a day. And someone smarter than that person who can learn 100 a day. After you finish learning everything it's going to take another couple of months to recap and then you'll have all those words down pat. Now you go on to do 2,000,000 words and then 3,000,000 etc.... Is there a limit to how much the human brain can hold? At what point does the rate learning = rate losing?

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4. i hope so

5. I don't think we have any concept of what the human brain is capable of. Theoretically, it might very well be possible to learn THOUSANDS of words per day......that is if we could use the full potential.

6. Originally Posted by LatsMakeTheMan
I don't think we have any concept of what the human brain is capable of. Theoretically, it might very well be possible to learn THOUSANDS of words per day......that is if we could use the full potential.
Isn't a fact that most humans use less than 50% of their brain?

7. Originally Posted by LatsMakeTheMan
I don't think we have any concept of what the human brain is capable of. Theoretically, it might very well be possible to learn THOUSANDS of words per day......that is if we could use the full potential.
That sounds true.

8. There is no set limit to what the human brain can learn. We are just now scratching the surface of human capabilities.

9. Originally Posted by _Sniper_
Isn't a fact that most humans use less than 50% of their brain?
I've heard it's only like 10%

10. Originally Posted by LatsMakeTheMan
I've heard it's only like 10%
yeah, I knew it was a small number, just didnt know how little it actually was.

11. Originally Posted by LatsMakeTheMan
I've heard it's only like 10%
And the Hippie tree hugger animal rights anti gun activists only use about 2%

12. Originally Posted by Hartski
And the Hippie tree hugger animal rights anti gun activists only use about 2%
LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

13. Originally Posted by _Sniper_
Isn't a fact that most humans use less than 50% of their brain?
No its a misunderstanding. We don't consciously use all of our brain, but all of it is used in some way or another. Eg. breathing isn't normally conscious.

14. I thought an English dictionary only held around 80,000 words and also that the English language has one of the largest vocabs out of all the worlds languages?

15. Some of the multiples of the brain's capacity and speed are mindblowing. The world's fastest comp can process something like 11 teraflops per second. That isn't even 1/100 or 1/1000 or 1/10,000th of what the brain can do, depending on what estimate you go by.

Even at the smallest estimate we're talking incredible power and incredible capacity. You can't even imagine that kind of power in terms of available technology. We just don't know how to harness our brains yet.

16. Originally Posted by Hartski
And the Hippie tree hugger animal rights anti gun activists only use about 2%
Anecdotal evidence reports that purchasing a firearm results in a 30% increase in brain activity, 80% increase in masculinity, 60% increase in sex appeal and a 20% increase in penis size.

Your results may vary. Mine were far greater

17. Originally Posted by Numero_Uno
I thought an English dictionary only held around 80,000 words and also that the English language has one of the largest vocabs out of all the worlds languages?
I'd be curious as to what % of that 80,000 an average person knows.

18. Originally Posted by LatsMakeTheMan
...a 20% increase in penis size...
...Mine were far greater
30% on a 2 inch wang still isnt that grood though bro... keep trying

j/k

19. Originally Posted by _Sniper_
30% on a 2 inch wang still isnt that grood though bro... keep trying

j/k
LOL!!

20. There are about 750,000 - 1,000,000 words in the English language, counting all the various tenses, variations, slang and so on. This number does not include several million scientific terms, however. Regardless, only about 200,000 of these are really in use at the present time. An adult of average intelligence and education can be expected to know roughly 20,000 words.

Anyway, the problem is not simply how much information a human brain can hold, but whether or not that information can be accessed. There is obviously a limit, as there are only so many brain cells in your head, and there is only a small percentage of those that are used for the storage of "information", for lack of a better word. Even so, the amount of information that can be stored is staggering - retrieval is a different story.

Have you ever paid attention to the fact that people are less able to coherently recall information as they age? This could be due to a large number of factors, but I think this is basically a direct relationship to how much information is in their brain. The indexing breaks down over time, and the more information you have, the less easy it is to quickly access and associate relevant information.

one petabyte is 1000 terabytes and one terabyte is 1000 gig I think. (or 1024 maybe)

so twenty million gigabytes... ?!!!

22. Too bad once boys reach the age of 12, almost 35% of the brain converts to a porn storage area and fantasy manufacturing facility.

23. Originally Posted by Hartski
And the Hippie tree hugger animal rights anti gun activists only use about 2%
ROTFLMAOLOL!!1
How many % do you think a good redblooded American patriot who owns firearms and watches NASCAR uses? 95%?

24. Originally Posted by LatsMakeTheMan
I don't think we have any concept of what the human brain is capable of. Theoretically, it might very well be possible to learn THOUSANDS of words per day......that is if we could use the full potential.
i agree.

also, look at it like this, you could spend everyday of the next 10 years of your life trying to learn words, but what about other disciplines? (i.e. math & science) so would you really be "smarter"? i think the word "smart" gets thrown around way too much.

i think einstein said something along the lines of "the only difference between genius and stupidity is that genious has limits." (though, at this point i think genius is doesnt have many limits.)

25. Originally Posted by tbomb

i think einstein said something along the lines of "the only difference between genious and stupidity is that genious has limits." (though, at this point i think genious is doesnt have many limits.)

pssst.......it's spelled genius.

26. There was a German Pianist Wilhelm Kempf who could play all 32 of Beethovens sonatas from Memory. That's about over 9 hours.

Alexhander Alehkine (Ex Chess Federation World Champion) could play 30 grandmasters simultaneously while blindfolded and win every game. That gave the grandmaster half an hour to think out their move and him 1 minute.

Alex Hailey could recite the entire Bible from Memory-Including the genealogies.

27. Originally Posted by Hartski
pssst.......it's spelled genius.

28. The human brain can store up to about 10gb of data

29. Originally Posted by Hartski
Too bad once boys reach the age of 12, almost 35% of the brain converts to a porn storage area and fantasy manufacturing facility.
LOL!!!! That's great Hartski!

30. Originally Posted by M.Bison
The human brain can store up to about 10gb of data
Where'd you read that? Seems awfully small.

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