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Originally posted by Lenina
That myth has been used by mystics and quacks and spoonbenders and motivational speakers and the like to add mystery to what they do, claiming that the reason almost no one has the ability to read minds or levitate or move things with their thoughts is because we have long ago lost the use of 90% or more of our brain power. "Can you imagine what miracles you could perform, how successful you could be, if only you were able to regain the use of all of your brain's abilities?" they'd say. Hooey.
The origin of the myth is supposedly that early studies indicated that not all of the brain's functions occur at once, at any given time. If you're focusing hard on a math problem, for example, your right brain wouldn't be writing poetry on the side. The "math section" of your brain would be active. Later on your "poetry section" may be active. However, the time lapses between switching from one to the other may be only milliseconds. So, in effect, you do use most of your brain, most of the time.
Originally posted by antigovFZ777
Is it possible that article could have been written by someone who doesnt want people to access the other 90%? Somewhere in the article, i cant remember where, the author mentioned something like "why would we be created with an organ and only use 10% of it?" Well, this is simple... We arent just supposed to use 10%. Thats just all we have learned to use... But we are meant to use much much more.