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NPR Science: Sorry, Lucy: The Myth Of The Misused Brain Is 100 Percent False

    ERIC WESTERVELT, HOST:
    If you went to the movie theater this weekend, you might've caught the latest Scarlett Johansson action movie called "Lucy." It's about a woman who develops superpowers by harnessing the full potential of her brain.
    (SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "LUCY")
    SCARLETT JOHANSSON: I'm able to do things I've never done before. I feel everything and I can control the elements around me.
    UNIDENTIFIED MAN: That's amazing.
    WESTERVELT: You've probably heard this idea before. Most people only use 10% of their brains. The other 90% of the basically dormant. Well, in the movie "Lucy," Morgan Freeman gives us this what-if scenario?
    (SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "LUCY")
    MORGAN FREEMAN: What if there was a way of accessing 100% of our brain? What might we be capable of?
    DAVID EAGLEMAN: We would be capable of exactly what we're doing now, which is to say, we do use a hundred percent of our brain.
    WESTERVELT: That is David Eagleman.
    EAGLEMAN: I'm a neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine.
    WESTERVELT: And he says, basically, all of us are like Lucy. We use all of our brains, all of time.
    EAGLEMAN: Even when you're just sitting around doing nothing your brain is screaming with activity all the time, around the clock; even when you're asleep it's screaming with activity.
    WESTERVELT: In other words, this is a total myth. Very wrong, but still very popular. Take this clip from an Ellen DeGeneres stand-up special.
    (SOUNDBITE OF STAND-UP SPECIAL)
    ELLEN DEGENERES: It's true, they say we use ten percent of our brain. Ten percent of our brain. And I think, imagine what we could accomplish if we used the other 60 percent? Do you know what I'm saying?
    AUDIENCE: (LAUGHTER).
    (SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "TOMMY BOY")
    DAVID SPADE: Let's say the average person uses ten percent of their brain.
    WESTERVELT: It's even in the movie "Tommy Boy."
    (SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "TOMMY BOY")
    SPADE: How much do you use? One and a half percent. The rest is clogged with malted hops and bong residue.
    WESTERVELT: Ariana Anderson is a researcher at UCLA. She looks at brain scans all day long. And she says, if someone were actually using just ten percent of their brain capacity...
    ARIANA ANDERSON: Well, they would probably be declared brain-dead.
    WESTERVELT: Sorry, "Tommy Boy." No one knows exactly where this myth came from but it's been around since at least the early 1900's. So why is this wrong idea still so popular?
    ANDERSON: Probably gives us some sort of hope that if we are doing things we shouldn't do, such as watching too much TV, alcohol abuse, well, it might be damaging our brain but it's probably damaging the 90 percent that we don't use. And that's not true. Whenever you're doing something that damages your brain, it's damaging something that's being used, and it's going to leave some sort of deficit behind.
    EAGLEMAN: For a long time I've wondered, why is this such a sticky myth?
    WESTERVELT: Again, David Eagleman.
    EAGLEMAN: And I think it's because it gives us a sense that there's something there to be unlocked, that we could be so much better than we could. And really, this has the same appeal as any fairytale or superhero story. I mean, it's the neural equivalent to Peter Parker becoming Spiderman.
    WESTERVELT: In other words, it's an idea that belongs in Hollywood.
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standwithpalestine:

Do you remember how big a deal it was in the media when Israel accused Hamas of this? 
Do you see how the information that Hamas weren’t behind it is not being covered by the media?
Over 1,000 dead in Gaza. This was another genocidal Zionist lie.

standwithpalestine:

Do you remember how big a deal it was in the media when Israel accused Hamas of this? 

Do you see how the information that Hamas weren’t behind it is not being covered by the media?

Over 1,000 dead in Gaza. This was another genocidal Zionist lie.

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Hopefully I can brighten people’s days c:

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An all too familiar scene these days..Palestine

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Breaking the Fast on Eid al-Fitr Day

For more photos and videos of Eid al-Fitr celebrations, browse the #EidalFitr, #عيدالفطر and #EidMubarak hashtags.

Eid Mubarak! The new moon was sighted on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, which indicates the end of Ramadan and the period of celebration that begins the following day. Commonly known as Eid al-Fitr (عيد الفطر) in the Arabic-speaking world, the festival also goes by other names such as Idul Fitri in Indonesia, Hari Raya Aidilfitri in Malaysia and Shemai Eid in Bangladesh.

While there are many Eid customs such as attending mass prayers, gathering for family reunions, exchanging gifts and dressing in new clothes, eating plays a crucial role as it brings an end to the month-long fast of Ramadan. Holiday dishes vary from country to country, but all are meant to make up big feasts that can easily fill up the entire family as well as guests. Families bring out traditional varieties of homemade sweets and many also make generous donations of food during the holiday, as Eid also celebrates extending good will to others.

The holiday can last up to three days depending on the country, and Instagrammers taking part in the festivities are sharing their moments filled with good food and good spirits.

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She’ll be the prettiest Pirate Queen!

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She’ll be the prettiest Pirate Queen!

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why is britaIN FRIED EGG? LIKE I’VE NEVER WOKEN UP IN THE MORNING AND THOUGH YES IMMA HAVE ME SOME EGGY FOOD THANK GOD ITS MY COUNTRIES NATIONAL DELICACY. OUR DISH IS FISH AND FUCKING CHIPS OR YORKSHIRE PUDDING OR CORNISH PASTY OR FRIE UPS NOT FUCKING EGG. LIEK EVERYTHING ELSE IN THIS PICTUE IS JUST LIKE RLLY STEORTYPICAL AND THEN ITS BRITIAN AND THAT FUCKING SHITTY PLASTIC EGG. egg unfucking belivable

are you okay

They’re not very eggcited about their countries national delicacy.

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Rikuo & Kazahaya - Drug & Drop

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The Original Broadway Cast of Disney’s The Lion King


Mufasa :: Sarabi :: Young Nala and Simba :: Simba :: Nala:: Rafiki :: Pumba and Timon :: Zazu :: Scar :: The Hyenas (Ed, Shenzi, and Banzai)

This was one of the most amazingly costumed Broadway shows I’ve ever seen.

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