Is there an ideal amount of knowledge to be taken in on a daily basis? I've different kinds of conflicting information. From the list of ideas I've seen, which, if any, is most correct? Here are the ideas I've seen:
- New information either refines old information or pushes old information out.
- New information is stored and old information is not pushed out.
- Memory degrades at a slower rate when people are actively learning and at a faster rate when people are not trying very hard.
- Nothing escapes the human memory. The more organized a person is, the greater the illusion of larger mental storage capacity.
- Sorry. Nature..., not nurture.
While I am generally of the opinion that practice makes perfect, I find that this is not the case with certain things. For example, some Japanese kanji are very difficult for me to memorize. While I remember some after only reading and writing them one time, there are some kanji that I have learned and re-learned but never fully adapted. An example would be
奇麗. It's a very difficult kanji to remember how to write, but it's a nice kanji. So I practice it. When I try to write it, my mind always draws a blank, even though I have practiced writing it ten times in a row at least fifteen times.
So, is it possible I over-studied and built a blockade? Is it possible that I have trouble remembering this because it's a tangent to some other regular study path, and so it's untidy/disorganized? Is it possible that I forget because of the amount of studying that has preceded it? Have I under studied, as seem most likely? Not spend enough time just closing my eyes and picturing it? Or am I missing something?