Adults possess billions of individual items of knowledge, and the rate of acquisition must exceed one item per second, which is totally inconsistent with current views of human nature, said the mathematician, who is affiliated with UCSD s Institute for Neural Computation, as well as the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. How many times has your child come home from school and, when asked what he or she learned today, said nothing. But that s not true. They have probably accumulated hundreds of thousands of items of knowledge, and when we sleep, we consolidate that knowledge. No wonder we need eight hours of sleep!

Cogent Confabulation Interesting theory, heard about it for the first time today. Will have to look into this further, sounds promising!