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C. Flower
01-05-2012, 10:08 PM
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=people-only-use-10-percent-of-brain&WT.mc_id=SA_sharetool_Twitter


Though an alluring idea, the "10 percent myth" is so wrong it is almost laughable, says neurologist Barry Gordon at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore. Although there's no definitive culprit to pin the blame on for starting this legend, the notion has been linked to the American psychologist and author William James, who argued in The Energies of Men that "We are making use of only a small part of our possible mental and physical resources." It's also been associated with to Albert Einstein, who supposedly used it to explain his cosmic towering intellect.

The myth's durability, Gordon says, stems from people's conceptions about their own brains: they see their own shortcomings as evidence of the existence of untapped gray matter. This is a false assumption. What is correct, however, is that at certain moments in anyone's life, such as when we are simply at rest and thinking, we may be using only 10 percent of our brains.

"It turns out though, that we use virtually every part of the brain, and that [most of] the brain is active almost all the time," Gordon adds. "Let's put it this way: the brain represents three percent of the body's weight and uses 20 percent of the body's energy."

:)

Spectabilis
01-05-2012, 10:15 PM
No wonder I feel exhausted. 20%? :eek:

Griska
01-05-2012, 10:17 PM
Actually, as I was running backwards 13 times around the Hell Fire Club and waiting for the devil to appear, I was thinking to myself, "I'll bet that 10% of the brain thing is nothing more than an urban myth. And I hate urban myths".;)

C. Flower
01-05-2012, 10:18 PM
No wonder I feel exhausted. 20%? :eek:

It certainly explains the debilitating effects of a good night out.

Spectabilis
01-05-2012, 10:19 PM
Actually, as I was running backwards 13 times around the Hell Fire Club and waiting for the devil to appear, I was thinking to myself, "I'll bet that 10% of the brain thing is nothing more than an urban myth. And I hate urban myths".;)

I worrry about you Griska. I do.

Trow
01-05-2012, 10:22 PM
No wonder I feel exhausted. 20%? :eek:

Is that brain or physical exhaustion? [relevant question as the word body is in the facts]

Griska
01-05-2012, 10:23 PM
I worrry about you Griska. I do.

Thanks, but we're all fine in here;)

Spectabilis
01-05-2012, 10:25 PM
Is that brain or physical exhaustion? [relevant question as the word body is in the facts]

Physical I think Trow. The brains seems to run on after the body has gone to bed. :)

Trow
01-05-2012, 10:33 PM
Actually, as I was running backwards 13 times around the Hell Fire Club and waiting for the devil to appear, I was thinking to myself, "I'll bet that 10% of the brain thing is nothing more than an urban myth. And I hate urban myths".;)

You're going about it all wrong. You don't ''run 13 times backwards round the hell fire club to summon demons'' That's the myth.

Would you spend some time in the underground chamber at the Hellfire club alone Griska? Could arrange an introduction and a different kind of dizziness.:)

Baron von Biffo
02-05-2012, 12:25 AM
"It turns out though, that we use virtually every part of the brain"

That's quite a depressing thought.

http://s3.jrnl.ie/media/2011/03/PA-10270391-310x415.jpg

Nothing in reserve.

C. Flower
02-05-2012, 11:01 AM
What is interesting, is that thinking uses only 10% of the brain. The rest is used for processing sensory information. That makes sense in terms of our existence and evolution.