If you’ve encountered any of the marketing for the film Lucy, you know it is premised on the old canard that humans only use 10% of their brains. Even if it were true, and it isn’t, it doesn’t automatically follow that accessing the other 90% would enable one to see wireless data signals as shiny columns of letters or consciously control the length and color of your hair. But the appeal is understanding. We all want to believe we possess untapped potential; it allows us to believe a better life is just around the corner.
It turns out, though, that we should be trying to use less of our brain, not more. [Read more…] about Science Corner: What really happens when you get to 100%