Chapter 15

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There are many dimensions you could use to measure the human mind.

One that is very vivid to me, because I'm an extreme outlier on this scale, is the difference between people whose minds are mostly memory and very little computational power, and people whose minds are mostly computational power and very little memory. Either type could be successful, but in very different ways, and either type would probably have to partner with someone who could fill in the shortcoming.


I was thinking about the kinds of people whose minds are comprised mostly of memory and little if any of creativity:

All the thoughts in their heads are other people's thoughts.

I think that this is kind of scary. Not to be critical, because these are probably the kinds of people who are most likely successful, but I think that it's kind of scary.


And, there are people who have good computational skills but so little memory that they can't even use their computational skills because their data registers won't hold anything. They might have high IQs but education is wasted on them because they don't remember any of it. It is very hard for these people to learn tasks.

They might read book after book, or watch movie after movie, and the works might be repetitive but if you have no memory everything is fresh and new and fascinating every day.