Hi alls,Now you’re on your merry way perusing through the lands battling monsters, rescuing damsels, and most importantly leveling up, and that’s all good. But then you realize, you’re really slow! Certainly, people have told you the entirety of Caltech fantasy-scape could be traversed in 7mins, and it’s probably true if by 7 they meant 15mins. Which is mildy worse but wouldn’t be a problem if only the Magic trainer and Swordwork trainer didn’t have their lessons back to back on opposite sides of the map. (Braun gym is on the South West side of campus while Annenberg building is on the North East.) So you decide it’s a worthy investment to get a horse (bicycle). Unfortunately, there are thieves prowling about, exiles from other worlds, waiting to get the chance to steal your horse. So it’s a natural idea to get safety in the form of a U-lock. This U-lock is about the size of a door and goes around your horse to keep it safely secured in a stable (bike rack). But sadly, the thieves are wily and have developed a method of splicing animals together. They no longer need your entire horse and are simply content to steal it’s back legs which are then kept in storage until next needed. Just a warning that although the honorcode makes sure no Caltech member will take unfair advantage of another, people from off campus do frequently steal bikes, occasionally taking them apart and stealing just wheels. Curiously, the back wheel of my bike, and the front wheel of someone else with a very similar looking bike were stolen. Mystery Nut X now has a full set of wheels…So careful where you park.
Anyway, a while back, an email was sent out to the dabney house spam list with subject line “Is that a joke about the size of my brain”. The body goes as follows:
“I wondered recently: how much memory (in bits or whatever) can a human brain
store? After some ooming around I figured on 10^11 neurons devoted to
memory. This gives us a lower bound of 10^11 bits (10GB) and an upper
bound of (10^11)! (way too huge). I was hoping to narrow this down a
bit, but I lack the understanding of neuroscience/CNS to know how
neurons store data other than some rough idea that it has to do with
pathways.Failing biologists, we turn to mathematicians. A better
approximation involves assuming that for N neurons each one can only
form connections to any two of its neighboring m neurons (m = 10) and
can form paths of arbitrary length. Throw in a factor of 2 if you want
directed paths. This however involves more math that my tired brain can handle right now, maybe one of you can try that out?-pers”thinks with his thinking apparatus”on “Naturally the best thing to do is to give a well justified, scientifically derived, answer.Aka, let’s see what anime says.
Firstly to simplify the question, let’s restrict to people with eidetic memories, meaning more commonly, perfect recall. I’m assuming that a person with perfect recall has more memory than a person without.
From “To Aru Majutsu no Index” aka “A Certain Magical Index”
The main heroine with perfect recall has 103,000 grimoires loaded in her head from the English Purist Church. Consequently, she needs to wipe her memory every year or she will exeed her memory capacity and die.
Assuming further that a typical magical text is the size of the bible 7.7 Mb–>6.46e7 bits.Multiplied by the number of grimoires, 103000 * 6.46e7 bits –>6.65e12 bits.
Now assuming perfect recall memory renders life at 1080p, Given the movie “A Clockwork Orange”, 137minutes, 7G, 1 year –> 26873.258037G–> 2.3e14 bitsIn total, this means in total, she can store 2.4e14 bits in her brain.Impressively, not less than the lower bound (number of neurons in the brain 1e11) and not more than the bekenstein bound. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bekenstein_bound ( 2.6e42 bits)
Unfortunately, the English Purist Church also says, 10^14 bits is 15% of a brain while
10^12 is 85%
It seems the other characters in the anime also end up realizing the flaw
My favorite part about Caltech is the Houses! The easiest way to describe them is as Hogwarts houses: each has their own personality and group of people and the first thing you do at Caltech is go through a “sorting” process. The people are what makes the Houses at Caltech so great. As a frosh, it’s amazing to be able to come in and immediately have a group of 100+ people to support you. Because the Houses have students from every grade, you make friends with upperclassmen and can ask for help on tons of things like:
It’s crazy to think that it has been four years now since I was applying to college. I remember it vividly. This week we’re spending some time reflecting on our personal admissions processes, and how we ended up at Caltech. There’s one question though that I wanted to spin out into a separate post: “what advice would you give to the admitted class of 2025?” And I think the best way to do this is to tell a more detailed story than I did in my other post.
These past six months have been a whirlwind- from having to move out of Caltech housing in March within a week’s notice due to COVID-19, to starting the first term of my junior year, I’ve definitely experienced a lot of change. When I went home in March, it was to a completely new state-my family moved from Chino, CA to New Jersey in January (great timing, huh?). While I missed seeing my friends from home, it was fun to have the chance to explore a completely new place. The pandemic obviously limited what I could see and do, but I got to experience walks through nature and along rivers normally foreign to a SoCal native and had some time to focus on bioinformatics research for the lab I work with on campus.