How can our human brains store such massive amounts of video and image data?

by Robert John Stevens, December 13, 2015

I conversed in Church today with Dr. Bill Barrett, former Department Chair of the BYU Computer Science Department. His research includes computer vision, pattern recognition and image processing. I asked him, “Why are our brains able to process massive amounts of video and images but have difficulty storing and retrieving a person’s name?”

He responded, “I have my own theory on this. It would take petabytes. There just isn’t enough storage capacity in the brain, not even at the subatomic level. I think it is stored in the spirit and our brains have a symbiotic relationship with it.”

He then mentioned supporting evidence—an observation we see in stroke victims, but without an image to easily recall I can’t remember his point. 🙂