pushing the mind to the limit

Richard M. Hinchliffe hinchlif at neuro.usc.edu
Thu Jun 11 12:06:38 EST 1998

Hello James,
How is the weather in Philly? I graduated (BA) from Temple in 94.
Here is an interesting story regarding that "10%" fallacy.
A neuroscientist here at USC explained that he was curious as to where the
idea that we only use 10% of our brain came from.  So one year he went
around at the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting asking the gathered
scientists if they knew the source of this idea.  It turned out that no
one had any idea where it came from.  After doing an extensive lit search,
he found that the idea came from a non-scientist who had written a
self-help book on memory improvement.
When people ask me about this, I say that you only use one finger to dial
a phone- does this mean that you only make use of 10% of your fingers?
Richard M. Hinchliffe

On Wed, 10 Jun 1998, James King wrote:

> Deaqr AJ. Murray,
> 	I think that the statement that we only use 10% of our brain is a
> ridiculous notion and I think others will agree.  The argument arises
> over what does the word "use" mean in this context and how can you say
> what is actually in use?  Does neuronal activity corelate to activity
> hence use? I don't think that is true.  Information can be conveyed via
> inactivity as well as activity.
> Jim.

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