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According to How to Create a Mind by Ray Kurzweil, the human neocortex contains around 300 million pattern processor modules, and "that a human master in a particular field has mastered about 100,000 chunks of knowledge." The primitive modules are assigned redundantly, with some things having many thosands of copies and others just a few. You can trade off ...


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Prologue Despite some of the answers claiming to know perfectly how memory works, the reality of modern science is that we do not understand the brain. At all. Like literally, popular science always acts like real science understands everything, but that's not how it is whatsoever. Just to give an indication of this: when I had my introductory (so not even ...


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Yes, there is a limit to what a human can learn and remember But I haven't found any quantitative value for this maximum. It also probably varies depending upon the person and environment. Lost Memories However, the human brain is adaptive and has a mechanism for throwing away extraneous information but retaining the important stuff. Dreams play an ...


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How does this wealthy, secret, extremely long-lived society of people get invited to fly in the first ships to the stars? That is pretty easy. They will be rich and powerful enough using their long lives to actually pay for the ship and control who is going to be on it. Many of them might even have several needed specialties for the trip. Others can ...


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As the comments pointed out, there are a few flaws in this setting. Nevertheless we might attempt to provide a reasonable path. Flaws Evolution is not so fast. The plan to select individuals to with particular family history to reproduce, and gradually increase the lifetime expectancy of the new born is slightly unclear ground. But I'm not a biologist. ...


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The long lived group will have the most interest in exploration and colonization of the stars, both because they will have the resources (due to compound interest) and the incentive to leave (since most people will either want to steal the secret of immortality or just their accumulated wealth). The problem, which most people have identified, is that the ...


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