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    Hi there, I am Ronald from Holland. So i made a account here for one specifick reason, i would love to know more about the 10% myth. I searched alot on the internet and i could not find exactly what i was looking for so here it is. I was talking with my friend the other day about what the brain can do and my theory was that we dont use out brain to it´s full capacity. That´s when i was told about the 10% myth and that the highest brain usage record is held by Albert Einstein wich would be 12% . But I am pretty confused right now. I was told that using the full 100% would enable us to fly and move stuff around with our brain. Now I don´t fully believe in that but wouldn´t it be possible ? I mean it's such a developed organ and capable of so much things. So could someone clearify this for me please ? Or maybe give me a link where i can find some spot on information on this topic ?


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    snopes.com: Ten Percent of our Brains
    Ten percent of brain myth - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Neuroscience For Kids - 10% of the Brain Myth
    The 10 Percent of Brain Myth


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    Oke so i really need to work on my googling skill, sorry for that. But still, i just watched this video about neuroscience and it said that we do have some more potentiall in our brain then we think. Perhaps this is in the mind and not the brain. So it actually said that we can develop our brain to become unlock what they called the hidden traits of the brain. They used a computer for example: If a computer could develop itself and reprogram itself think of what it can be cabaple of, this is treu for our brain. So can we develop our brain to do incredible things ? Unlocking hidden traits ? Btw, im blattring on right now, i just love the subject but i dont have anyone to talk about it. So do i have to move this thread somewhere more specifick ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by spokydepo View Post
    Oke so i really need to work on my googling skill, sorry for that. But still, i just watched this video about neuroscience and it said that we do have some more potentiall in our brain then we think. Perhaps this is in the mind and not the brain. So it actually said that we can develop our brain to become unlock what they called the hidden traits of the brain. They used a computer for example: If a computer could develop itself and reprogram itself think of what it can be cabaple of, this is treu for our brain. So can we develop our brain to do incredible things ? Unlocking hidden traits ? Btw, im blattring on right now, i just love the subject but i dont have anyone to talk about it. So do i have to move this thread somewhere more specifick ?

    Hello and welcome to the Science Forum.

    The questions you have posted, can be the subject of another thread.
    It is advisable to open a new thread in the General Discussion (or Behaviour & Psychology) sub-forum and to rewrite (in a coherent manner) what your questions are. Furthermore, you speak of a video? Feel free to provide it (if possible), as we are keen on checking sources.
    "The only safe rule is to dispute only with those of your acquaintance of whom you know that they possess sufficient intelligence and self-respect not to advance absurdities; to appeal to reason and not to authority, and to listen to reason and yield to it; and, finally, to be willing to accept reason even from an opponent, and to be just enough to bear being proved to be in the wrong."

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    Quote Originally Posted by spokydepo View Post
    But still, i just watched this video about neuroscience ...
    Note that videos can be of dubious quality and reliability. Unless you know, from some other source, that the contents of a video are to be trusted then I would be very cautious.
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    i'n new to the whole forum thing so please excuse i'm still learning, il rewrite it in the general discussion thanks for the reply's so far. The source for the video was a youtube account called 'AtheneWins' The owner is Athene he's a gamer and also makes alot of science related videos so to me it's a trusted source. I dont't know wheter i should keep on trusting it though, so i'l check the information given in the video. I´m not a native english speaker, I´m from Holland actually so my writing might be a bit off. Cogito Ergo Sum, could you explain to what coherent means ? I tried google translate but i didn't get much sense out of it, I saw you were from Belgium maybe you could explain to me in Dutch ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by spokydepo View Post
    i'n new to the whole forum thing so please excuse i'm still learning, il rewrite it in the general discussion thanks for the reply's so far. The source for the video was a youtube account called 'AtheneWins' The owner is Athene he's a gamer and also makes alot of science related videos so to me it's a trusted source.
    That's a very risky way of deciding trustworthiness. I know many people who post a lot of wrong youtube videos. Quality and quantity are two very different things. Here's what you should do instead: See if the presenter cites peer-reviewed research to back up claims, or simply makes assertions. If the presenter makes unsupported claims, then treat them as...unsupported. Be especially suspicious if the presenter has something to gain from slanting the material in a certain way.

    I dont't know wheter i should keep on trusting it though, so i'l check the information given in the video.
    Great! That's exactly what you should do.

    I´m not a native english speaker, I´m from Holland actually so my writing might be a bit off. Cogito Ergo Sum, could you explain to what coherent means ? I tried google translate but i didn't get much sense out of it, I saw you were from Belgium maybe you could explain to me in Dutch ?
    Your English is quite good, actually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spokydepo View Post
    The source for the video was a youtube account called 'AtheneWins' The owner is Athene he's a gamer and also makes alot of science related videos so to me it's a trusted source.
    Not a good choice.
    Some guy who used to devote his time to on-line gaming and then took some time off to (supposedly) learn everything... and now he's come up with a "Theory of Everything". One which happens to be neither peer reviewed nor scientifically or philosophically rigorous.
    (Oh and he claims that he's currently the "world's greatest scientist" and the new Einstein).
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    Sorry it's in English, I looked for something with Dutch, but... I know you can trust this, and I think it's awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by spokydepo View Post
    If a computer could develop itself and reprogram itself think of what it can be cabaple of, this is treu for our brain. So can we develop our brain to do incredible things ? Unlocking hidden traits ?
    Sure, it's called learning. With a good and continuing education that never stops (too many stop in their 20s and become couch potatoes), one learns to view the word and solve problems they couldn't even conceive of when younger--aka do incredible things.
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    Thanks for all the replies people! I really apreciate it. I didn't had the time to check the source , i just came back from school and work. I do think tk241 is right, in the future il use youre tips, thanks. And thanks giantevil for the video im going to watch it tonight. I don't know how to add quotes in my reply so sorry for the mess. Anyway thanks guys. It really cleared things up. (Still need to know what coherent means though.. :P)
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    Quote Originally Posted by spokydepo View Post
    Cogito Ergo Sum, could you explain to what coherent means ? I tried google translate but i didn't get much sense out of it, I saw you were from Belgium maybe you could explain to me in Dutch ?

    My apologies for not noticing your reply sooner.

    Coherent is, according to Merriam-Webster, "able to talk or express yourself in a clear way that can be easily understood".
    In Dutch, one would say "samenhangend".
    Last edited by Cogito Ergo Sum; January 28th, 2014 at 08:07 AM.
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    No problem. Thanks, I do have some troubles expressing myself in a way that others can easily understand me hehe. But i'm working on it.
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