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7 Things You Thought You Knew About Your Brain: VIDEO


Always in pursuit of the empirical truth, the ASAP Science guys debunk 7 popular myths about the human brain in their latest video. Turns out, bigger isn’t better (at least when it comes to the human brain), alcohol doesn’t kill brain cells, drugs don’t create holes in your brain, and humans don’t use only 10% of their brains (sorry, Scarlett Johansson).

Let your mind be blown, AFTER THE JUMP…

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  1. How sad that ASAP Science sold out to GE.

    Posted by: Bob Hope | Jul 7, 2014 7:10:36 PM

  2. I'd love to sell would most people, they did something they were passionate about, now they are getting paid to do it... Not like they are being sponsored by NAMBLA.

    Posted by: Epic | Jul 7, 2014 8:29:50 PM

  3. He's dead wrong. I work with people who have never used more than 10% of their brain in their entire life.

    Posted by: Tatts | Jul 7, 2014 11:25:36 PM

  4. I like these guys, and I have two objections to this video:

    First, the argument refuted here that we only use 10% of our brains is a dumb idea that sprang from a much more interesting—and literally thought-provoking!—idea.

    Science 1, Dumb Idea 0. Hooray Science!

    The more subtle (and probably original) argument came from Harvard Psychologist William James, who said that most humans develop only a fraction of their brains' capacity—a plausible claim—and this was later described by others as 10%.

    If we are all using 100% of our brains as these guys are saying, so are the scientists who waste their time debunking the first argument. But it seems to me with their example of picking shallow arguments to refute and missing the original intent, they actually support the second argument...

    Second, the left and right hemisphere idea these guys refute is clumsy and misleading on both sides, for the same reasons.

    Most people ARE left-handed or right-handed, and that does look like they use one hand more than the other. But we are left or right handed because we have better developed motor skills on one side than the other. IMO, scientists miss the point when they ignore that distinction.

    Are some people better at left brain operations, and others at right brain operations? That also seems clearly plausible. What are we supposed to call people like that? I know, how about "left-brained" and "right-brained"!

    Once again, by debunking a dumb idea and neglecting to mention the valuable ideas that got mangled to produce the dumb idea in the first place, Science wins! And human beings lose.

    Using science just to debunk is like this quote I love by James Thurber:

    "There are two kinds of light - the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures."

    Posted by: HERMES | Jul 8, 2014 12:15:15 AM

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