Anatomy And Physiology

Do Humans use only 10 Percent of their Brain – No

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It really depends upon what you mean by "use". Humans use only a small percentage of the brain to process information consciously; however, they use the majority of it when factoring in the perceptions of the senses such as taste, feel, smell, hearing, and sight. Also you must factor in the work that the cerebellum does in stabilizing the body and recalling unconscious actions like balance, writing, walking, and breathing. The brain is constantly sending out and receiving signals to and from the peripheral nervous system (those nerves not including the brain and spinal cord) in order to coordinate movement and position. If, indeed, we only used ten-percent of our brain that would approximate for only the necessary, unconscious actions of the body such as heart beat, respiration (breathing), and the senses. This is what we would consider being in a coma. So in a sense SOME people use only ten-percent of their brain, because they are in a coma (Although, technically, they are not using their brain; their brain is working independently of their conscious).

The brain is a marvelous device and something not replicable in any technology that we have available, even though modern science has given us computers that can calculate massive equations and mathematical problems it is devoid of emotion and true thought. If humans were to replace emotion, personality, and other human characteristics we to could calculate these numbers. I think this is partially where this myth arrived, in that people think that humans are lazy and they don't use nearly enough of their brains if they can't do savant-like things with their minds. This is simply not true. Whereas portions of the brain may not be well trained they are still active. No part of the brain lies dormant unless it is malformed or diseased. The brain simply does not have enough synapses (connections used to transmit signals) if it cannot do a particular task that another brain would consider easy. This is because with use the brain sends electrical signals across its "wiring". These signals eventually form more bonds with other "wires" which in turn make specific types of thought easier. The brain is not, as is commonly asserted, a muscle, even though it gains knowledge much the same way that a muscle gains strength; it is a lump of fat interspersed with highly organized nerves which constantly transmit information.

The rumor that humans only use ten percent of the brain has been popularized by internet chain emails purporting that Americans are idiots when compared to Japanese people. It started as one of those "a reputable ivy league college study" (that is never cited, given a case name, or leading scholar) schemes that try to dupe gullible people into believing things. If you actually fell for this I think you might be one of those people that uses ten percent of your brain.

Seeing this, I think (Haha, get it?) that we can see that the human brain is more active than we think, but we must endeavor to make it more useful and reach its full potential.

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