Dry July day 27: A mind is a terrible thing to waste

There’s a movie coming out called “Lucy”, which has a whole bunch of ingredients that I love in movies. Directed by Luc Besson! Starring Scarlett Johansson! Morgan Freeman! With themes of mind and relativity! There’s even a cool bit in the trailer where Lucy sees and manipulates the “source code” of the universe, Matrix-style.

My big gripe is the actual premise of the movie: We only use 10% of our brains…imagine if we use 100%!

In my time doing science communication, there are certain reoccurring phrases I heard, one of them being “We only use 10% of our brain.” I think it was initially made popular by Uri Geller to explain how he could bend spoons with his mind (SPOILER: he didn’t use his mind.) This phrase is completely false. Yet no matter how many explanations of why it’s false never seems to kill it completely. WHY WON’T YOU DIE?!
(Does anyone else find this post hard to read while Chuck Norris is doing that?)

That aside, a clear mind means a mind that is free to do other things. I have been learning French for the last twelve days. I’m currently using an app called Duolingo. It’s free, and it’s brilliant.
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Finding an alert mind again is like finding a ten dollar note in an old jacket. The 10% may be a myth, but for a while there I was actively reducing my existing brain power! Imagine what you could do when you can access your whole brain.

(This post has been brought to you today by Lucy, Duolingo, and Chuck Norris.)

7 Replies to “Dry July day 27: A mind is a terrible thing to waste”

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