How many angels dance on the head of a pin? Humans use X% of their brain.
Like any organ system the brain develops, matures, and declines. Consider
renal function: as tubules are destroyed, renal capacity delines and by
age 80 yrs it may perform at only 15-50% of maximum. Still, every
functional tubule is used and so at age 80 one still uses 100% of their
I believe that sophists have taken hold of this non-issue. Have fun.
At 8:19 PM -0400 8/25/99, Martin Knopman wrote:
>henrik at unge-forskere.no wrote in message <7pun9k$9bs$1 at nnrp1.deja.com>...
>>Is the common (pseudo-scientific) myth that humans only use 10% of
>>their brain true?
>>I don't even know what this question means! You have some notion of 100%
>utilization of the brain? Can anyone cite a study, or conjecture, that the
>computational capacity of the normal human brain (outside of newly created
>and acquired linguistic devices?) is x. And has anyone ever even come up
>with an estimate for the average (?) computational work done by some average
>brain, in some average situation, after an average amount of sleep, thinking
>some average thought, within an average emotional environment, ... I think
>that it's even hard to determine %100 utilization of many simple mechanical
>machines - different contexts yield different answers, not to mention the
>unknown productive contexts.
>>>How is this coherent with evolution theory (the extinction of useless
>>>>I don't like your use of the word "useless" here. The word denotes a
>context much, much larger than anyone could ever ascribe to evolution.
Richard Hall, Associate Professor of
Comparative Animal Physiology
Division of Sciences and Mathematics
University of the Virgin Islands
St. Thomas, USVI 00802
rhall at uvi.edu