• Question: is it true only 10% of the brain is unlocked

    Asked by 238furk43 to Chris, Joanne, Kathryn, Kieran, Sarah on 9 Nov 2017.
    • Photo: Chris Werner

      Chris Werner answered on 9 Nov 2017:

      Thankfully that is just a myth, imagine if you got brain damage to that 10%!! Scans show that neurones fire all over the brain, even when we are resting!

    • Photo: Kieran Fraser

      Kieran Fraser answered on 10 Nov 2017:

      Chris is dead on here! our whole brain is a hive of activity and isn’t limited to just 10%. However, scientists/engineers such as Elon Musk do think that we can improve the efficiency of our brain by enhancing it with technology. For example, when communicating with other people we have to convert concepts in our head to speech so we can explain them. When compared with how machines communicate, this is very inefficient. So, research is being done on connecting computers with our brains so we can communicate concepts (such as ‘the sky is blue’) to each other without having to convert it first to speech and speak it. If you’re interested in learning more about it – search for ‘neural lace’ – this is what Musk hopes to build in the near future!

    • Photo: Joanne Duffy

      Joanne Duffy answered on 12 Nov 2017:

      Yeah the guys here are completely right, you use way more than 10% of your brain. The idea that we only use 10% is a complete myth meant to make us feel like we’re missing something, but we have the most powerful brains in the animal kingdom by a long shot.