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posted on Nov, 21 2012 @ 09:08 PM
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Einstein's brain had extraordinary folding patterns in several regions, which may help explain his genius, newly uncovered photographs suggest.


The Key points :

- He had extra folding in his brain's gray matter, the site of conscious thinking
Note :Thicker gray matter is tied to higher IQs.
- The prefrontal cortex, which plays a key role in abstract thought, making predictions and planning, had an unusually elaborate folding pattern
- His occipital lobe, which perform visual processing, showed extra folds and creases
- His right and left parietal lobes were asymmetrical . The right parietal lobe had an extra fold
Note: Parietal lobe performs spatial tasks and mathematical reasoning

Many scientists believe that more folds can create extra surface area for mental processing, allowing more connections between brain cells . Its not known whether his brain was extraordinary from birth or whether years of pondering physics made it special.




posted on Nov, 21 2012 @ 09:24 PM
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We use like 10 percent of our brains in our lifetime. What if it had nothing to with folds maybe he could use 30-40 percent of his brain. Just think peeps if we could use 100% of our brains potential potential.



posted on Nov, 21 2012 @ 09:25 PM
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Did you know...

That the mortician who had Einstein's body prepped, cut out his brain, took photos from every angle, then proceeded to chop his brain into over 200 pieces without anyone's permission?
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posted on Nov, 21 2012 @ 09:30 PM
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What interests me is if Einstein would have been a genius in many fields or if it was kind of luck that he happened to be in the right field at the right time? Was he just perfectly suited to the path he chose or would he have been equally as brilliant in any field?



posted on Nov, 21 2012 @ 09:40 PM
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We use like 10 percent of our brains in our lifetime.


No , We don't use 10% of our brain . It was Einstein who used 10% . We use < 1-2 %



posted on Nov, 21 2012 @ 09:44 PM
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without anyone's permission?


Really ! He didn't ask for permission ? It was Thomas Harvey who took out Einstein's brain and Sliced it into Sections.


When the scientist died in 1955 at age 76, Thomas Harvey, the pathologist who autopsied him, took out Einstein's brain and kept it. Harvey sliced hundreds of thin sections of brain tissue to place on microscope slides and also snapped 14 photos of the brain from several angles.
Harvey presented some of the slides, but kept the photos secret in order to write a book about the physicist's brain.The pathologist died before finishing his book, however, and the photos remained hidden for decades. But in 2010, after striking up a friendship with one of the new study's co-authors, Harvey's family donated the photos to the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, D.C. Falk's team began analyzing the photos in 2011.



posted on Nov, 21 2012 @ 09:44 PM
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Originally posted by joecool9887
We use like 10 percent of our brains in our lifetime. What if it had nothing to with folds maybe he could use 30-40 percent of his brain. Just think peeps if we could use 100% of our brains potential potential.


FYI: you're perpetuating an urban myth spouting off such nonsense.

10% Brain Use Myth

Check the link and read.


Neurologist Barry Gordon describes the myth as laughably false, adding, "we use virtually every part of the brain, and that [most of] the brain is active almost all the time". Neuroscientist Barry Beyerstein sets out seven kinds of evidence refuting the ten percent myth:

Studies of brain damage: If 90% of the brain is normally unused, then damage to these areas should not impair performance. Instead, there is almost no area of the brain that can be damaged without loss of abilities. Even slight damage to small areas of the brain can have profound effects.

Evolution: The brain is enormously costly to the rest of the body, in terms of oxygen and nutrient consumption. It can require up to 20% of the body's energy—more than any other organ—despite making up only 2% of the human body by weight.[11][12] If 90% of it were unnecessary, there would be a large survival advantage to humans with smaller, more efficient brains. If this were true, the process of natural selection would have eliminated the inefficient brains. It is also highly unlikely that a brain with so much redundant matter would have evolved in the first place.

Brain imaging: Technologies such as positron emission tomography (PET) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) allow the activity of the living brain to be monitored. They reveal that even during sleep, all parts of the brain show some level of activity. Only in the case of serious damage does a brain have "silent" areas.

Localization of function: Rather than acting as a single mass, the brain has distinct regions for different kinds of information processing. Decades of research have gone into mapping functions onto areas of the brain, and no function-less areas have been found.

Microstructural analysis: In the single-unit recording technique, researchers insert a tiny electrode into the brain to monitor the activity of a single cell. If 90% of cells were unused, then this technique would have revealed that.

Neural disease: Brain cells that are not used have a tendency to degenerate. Hence if 90% of the brain were inactive, autopsy of adult brains would reveal large-scale degeneration.


Simply put: We use all our brain all the time.

You can further contribute to the minimization of broadcasting and perpetuating ignorance by reading over this Long list of other common misconceptions and myths that for whatever reason people seem to love to keep believing and accepting as true instead of actually learning something, and educating themselves.

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posted on Nov, 21 2012 @ 09:48 PM
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Originally posted by joecool9887
We use like 10 percent of our brains in our lifetime. What if it had nothing to with folds maybe he could use 30-40 percent of his brain. Just think peeps if we could use 100% of our brains potential potential.


Interesting, but I think that has been fairly well debunked in modern science....we actually use most of our brain.
Tho there are still areas that are a mystery, we must remember that our body is still controlled by our brain, from the primitive urges, to reflex actions (eg your body wouldnt duck from something thrown at you, if your brain didnt control and react to allow the muscles movement)
ConsciousThought is only one part of our brain, we have the optic processing centre, the Sound processing centre, spacial perception/balance etc etc. No to mention our subconscious thoughts, rem sleep, dreaming, self image etc.
Even asleep, some of our brain switches to low power, others seem to be activated.
And for the women reading this, most healthy males have around 10 or so erection per night, during sleep....and we are not even aware of it!!!!........let alone what we were thinking????
. Just goes to show the "Primitive man" is still in us all.

The amazing brain.



posted on Nov, 21 2012 @ 09:50 PM
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May be he would equally be brilliant in other fields too other than Physics/ Math.



posted on Nov, 21 2012 @ 09:53 PM
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Ooops Sorry Drusy, you just beat me to it....shows, Great Minds think alike........Now, What am I thinking....



posted on Nov, 21 2012 @ 09:55 PM
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So, the next time you hear that a person is "thick" or "thick-headed" - think "grey matter".


Also, using 10% of our brain is not true. That's old science folklore that has been disproven.



posted on Nov, 21 2012 @ 09:58 PM
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if you're only using 10% of your brain you're basically a vegetable.

he may have been a genius in one field, but it's like hearing steven hawkings talking about population control, completely mind numbing.

don't forget a person's spirit, which often drives and inspires people.



posted on Nov, 21 2012 @ 10:00 PM
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posted on Nov, 22 2012 @ 01:53 AM
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Yup. that guy.





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