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Humans Use More Than 10% Of Their Brain by Liutay(m): 7:27pm On Sep 21, 2016
Re: Humans Use More Than 10% Of Their Brain by temitopesam: 7:40pm On Sep 21, 2016

this is so true.
Re: Humans Use More Than 10% Of Their Brain by Krackhead: 7:51pm On Sep 21, 2016
The idea that we only use 10% of our brains is a pernicious myth.

The brain is always active. It makes a bit more sense to say that we use 100% of the brain all the time (but even this number is not so helpful*).

Brain function depends on qualitatively different patterns of activity, rather than quantities of activity. These patterns change depending on what you are doing, so some neurons or groups of neurons become active when others become inactive.

Activating all neurons world be like pushing the break and the accelerator of a car at the same time - not a very good idea!

Hyperactivity of groups of neurons is associated with epilepsy and other neurological disorders.

When people say "you are only using a fraction of your brain" they are giving a pseudoscientific veneer to a piece of age-old folk knowledge: the perfectly reasonable idea that we are not realizing our full potential as people.

But improving our thoughts and behavior is not a matter of amplifying neural activity. Instead, it is about creating new and beneficial behavioral patterns, which correlate with altered neural activity patterns.

So if you want to explore what else you are capable of, just look around at people who have changed their habits.

What happens when people explore what they are capable of? They push themselves to become better at whatever it is they are interested in: science, art, music, business, and the most difficult skill of all, becoming a more compassionate human being.

* EDIT: It makes slightly more sense to say we use 100% of our brain all the time, but that's still not a particularly helpful idea. See the comment section for some discussion of why the 10% or 100% estimates are not even wrong

@op, I get what you are trying to pass across, I do. But, in my opinion, when we say someone uses 10% of his mental ability we usually exclude all the 'normal' background functions of the brain. so, we mean 10% of what is left after the background, day to day functions of the brain has been removed. Hope this helps?

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