liz_marcs (liz_marcs) wrote,

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Why Mythbusters Rule! (Only 10% of Your Brain Myth...)

One of my all-time red buttons is when any tv show, movie, book, magazine article, fanfic, ect., ect., ect. makes the positively ridiculous claim:

"We only use 10% of our brains."

If the media involves medicine or science in any way shape, shape, or form, my reaction is:


We use all of our brains. Every last bit. If you are talking about the ability to think abstractly, you’re right. That job is the job of the cerebral cortex, which is only a section of the brain. But all the other bits of the brain? They have jobs, too. Like giving you the ability to breathe and blink.

I know it doesn’t sound like an impressive job (although, I, personally, think the autonomic nervous system is a very impressive thing), but just try losing the ability to breathe and blink.

Now that you’ve thought about it, I’m sure that you will agree that the brain is a very, very busy beaver in which all parts are in use.

Get a basic anatomy and physiology book like the kind they give out in high school and crack the spine just once so you can look at the chapter on the brain. Kthanxbi.


Who, in fact, uses 100% of her brain (although I'm beginning to doubt that the same is true of you). You got me. It's not that calm.

Usually there's a lot of incoherent yelling involved.

Then I change the channel and refuse to watch the show again. (I'm looking at you "House".)

As you can tell, this "use 10% of our brains" thing is a bit of a sore point for me.

Which is why I'm pleased to announce that the Mythbusters will be tackling this particular myth tomorrow.

*rubs hands with glee while doing happy dance*

My week has now been redeemed.

Yes, yes. I'm a very sad little muffin if Mythbusters can make it all better for me...

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