**From:** Philip Goetz (*philgoetz@gmail.com*)

**Date:** Sun Apr 23 2006 - 11:25:39 MDT

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My intuition, based on experience with how much computational power it

takes to solve a problem of a particular size, and on Rescher's law of

logarithmic returns, is that exponentially-increasing computational

power is required to provide linear increase in "smartness", or some

measure of the problems we can handle. For instance, finding primes

of 2N bits takes much more than twice the computational power of

finding primes of N bits.

I also expect that the computational complexity of cognition is an

exponential function of the size of working memory, so that if we

currently have a working memory that can store 5 chunks, the amount of

computation available in the universe limits us to some double-digit

number of chunks.

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