How Much Brain Do We Use?

How can we only use a percent of our brain? Evidence shows we can use more.

Scientists and others in the psychological, sociological fields have asserted that humans use maybe .01 to.10 percent of our brain. Without getting all science geek about it there is an easier way of understanding what that means.

First let us clarify, mechanically you use 100% of your brain. Maximizing usage is another subject. So when someone puts a percentage of use on the brain they do not mean that the other say 90% is dormant or useless.

Think of it this way. Let’s say your brain is a stereo. When you are using your stereo you are using 100% of it. Here is the x factor. If the volume knob is set at say a 2 level then you are not getting the same usage when compared to turning the volume knob to 8 or 10.

So what scientists are trying to get across to us is we have a lot more room in our cranium to fill. We have more volume to boost. We are not even close to tapping our potential of brain power. The percentage is actually a moot point I would think in reality.

There is no physical data to determine in tangible evidence the amount of usage the human brain has. There are as many as if not more than 100 billion brain cells. Then there is the neuronal and synaptic connections. Interestingly there has been data that has determined that people have increased there brain power however.

Then there are the people who demonstrate mental abilities that are very rare. Some people with autism for example have had the ability to calculate very high levels of math equations without ever having learned how.

There is also more and more variables we are learning about the brain. Studies that suggest that even though our brain is one as a whole we evidently get production out of separate parts of the brain for different mental tasks. We have all heard of the right brain/left brain references for example.

So regardless of how you want to interpret the brain usage by percentage, the fact is it is the most amazing gift we have. A computer is nothing compared to the human brain. And we can build upon our ability to get more out of it. So turn up the volume button and get the old noggin’ working.

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  1. Enama¥ Says...

    On January 12, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Great article, Very informing!


  2. Xtranger Says...

    On January 12, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    Hi:

    I have learn that each brain cell can process upto 27,000 millions of calculations per second so if we have use only upto 10% that means 2,700 millions of calculations per second for each neuron .. meaning the fastest computer ever build i think can go now upto 9,000 millions of calculations per second so mathematically is far less superior right now than us … but they dont posses intelligence and no emotions ..i wonder if the emotional processing is far more complicated than just do math…

    what u think?


  3. AndyPanda Says...

    On January 14, 2008 at 4:50 am

    Thanks for the comments.

    As per our brain versus computer the consensus is that the capacity and potential of our brain far exceeds any computer or computers. And of course the ability to reason.

    The question of emotional processing versus math is an outstanding question. I never thought about that in that way. Worth some study.

    ANDY


  4. josh Says...

    On June 13, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    what if we use 20%


  5. somethingalongthelinesoflisto Says...

    On August 2, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Josh, if we were to use 20% of our brain you would have your answer and you may feel a little left out.

    For the emotions question, I think there is much more to it then calculations. Human emotions fluctuate so rapidly the a calcalution for it could be endless. Then you have to factor in all the different area’s of emotions and the low, mids, and highs of them and so on and so on.

    Is it worth the study though? Of course, it never hurts to see what can be figured out. All I know is comparing the human brain to a computer is crazy. Computers are as fast as your are able to make them go, there is no limit for the human brain speed wise.

    Just pay attention to how fast you react to something and then think about how much faster your brain reacted to it before you did. It’s like when you go to say something without even thinking about it. It just automatically pops in your head faster then you can think of the first letter of the word, sentance, or paragraph that you may say.

    So calculations are cool to read about and all but I don’t see it being as accurate as they hope for it to be. It’s probably one of those things that won’t be figured out(atleast in our lifetime). No matter what, keep studying it and giveing us the good information.


  6. markjr Says...

    On August 5, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    i wanna know as much as i can bout the brain can any one help me out???


  7. ANDY N Says...

    On September 4, 2009 at 6:09 am

    There are countless sources of information on the brain. Go to the library.

    @josh – again we confuse people with the percentage measure. The fact I was trying to point out is that if your brain was a stereo, we only have it turned up to a low volume compared to what it can be turned up too.


  8. mario Says...

    On September 27, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    if we could use all of our brain, think of the stuff u may be able to do


  9. Abdulla Says...

    On November 7, 2009 at 5:42 am

    Can u calculate how much percent of ur brain do u use, is there an easier way than mri? i want to present this topic to my class, but i also want some interesting stuff to make it nicer, can u help me plzz?


  10. ANDY N Says...

    On November 10, 2009 at 9:12 am

    The point is that technically speaking we use 100% of our brain but we are not using it to it’s capacity and/or potential.

    The debate has long been as to how much of the 100% we are using. It has been estimated from .01 to .10 % for the most part.

    If you want to get you class thinking about why not use my illustration of a stereo.

    When you turn your MP3 player on it is 100% on. But that does not mean you are using it to the fullest extent possible. For example the volume may go up to 10 but you put it on 4.


  11. sal Says...

    On January 6, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    im just a kid but if we could use 100% of our brain power, it could change the human race. the maxim “too much of a good thing is too much of a good thing” would aply. our brain is one of the most complex things on earth so if we used 100% of our brain power, wouldnt our heads basically explode? plus, if the myths that we would have powers like moving objects with our minds is true, and possibly being able to levitate, it would change the world. however, with all this knowlage would come responcibility, more brain=more inventions, possibly horrifying things could be the outcome. so shouldnt we try not use all this power that we posses?


  12. xxx Says...

    On February 24, 2010 at 6:10 am

    we are using a very small part of our brain, but it’s just very simple, the human mind can imagine so it can put us in other places and times and condition, but we cannot imagine something that we didn’t see or felt before therefor we cannot imagine what would it be if we used our brain 100% the only way to try imaging it is to look and understand our unconscious mind, in a very simple example, when you look to someone’s eyes they look back to yours feeling the same feelings that you have and understanding your emotions, that’s telepathy it’s a way of communication that is found in the human mind but it’s not in use coz we are only using a little amount of our brain power, so our only way to communicate is by languages. that’s why the rest of our brain are beeing used without people knowing it, there just in our unconscious mind. and the way to evolve our brain is to understand our unconscious mind that has all the brain intelligence and mixing it with the conscious mind and there are lots of ways and steps to take so that’s something very big and needs lots of studies…
    (that’s my own theory)


  13. Dan Says...

    On March 15, 2010 at 1:28 am

    LOL
    all this talk about the brain and our consciousness…

    it\’s wrinkling my brain!!!

    I just wished we maybe able to tap into our hidden potential.

    As evolution will have us evolve…maybe we can

    speed it up…..

    …well that\’s just my thought…


  14. scienctist Says...

    On March 20, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    I just have one comment that if you think carefully that even 2% is enough to see that evolution is none sense.Very trivial example,statistical physics says that if you put one drop of paint into a cup of water,some time later all the molecules or particles of paint will be more or less homogeneously distributed to all parts of water.And the probability of collisions of paint molecules to come together and to give one paint drop in one of the corners of a cup is very very high that the life time of the earth is not enough.So how ridiculous to say that humans or anything in this world evolved?Another example,for the valves in our veins closer to our feet that help blood go up in our body to evolve(to be fascinating machine or valve) is just impossible.Evolution says that this shape of organ was most useful and that’s why it survived,but if think,how many possible different morphologies can that small valve have?So many that the life time of this world is not enough.And this just very trivial example,and think about humans,brains of humans,emotions,close to infinity processes that are taking place in this world in one second,millions of millions processes are going on in our body and we even can’t feel them…For me it is totally ridiculous to say that our brain evolved!


  15. Abhilash Thekkel Says...

    On March 20, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Very informative. There is so much to know about our brain itself than the other things around us.


  16. K Says...

    On April 14, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    We actually do not use only 10% of our brains. Just saying.


  17. W.R Says...

    On April 27, 2010 at 10:33 am

    [quote=xxx]…but we cannot imagine something that we didn’t see or felt before therefor we cannot imagine what would it be if we used our brain 100% the only way to try imaging it is to look and understand our unconscious mind,…[/quote]

    Hi There,

    Just surfing and found this discussion interesting. I found the above quote interesting but why then can my brain, unconciously project imagery, sounds & speech while dreaming of places I’ve never been before (and those that do not exist in the physical world to experience and therefore could not be seen or felt during conciousness)?

    I agree with the viewpoint that we cannot effectively or all together accurately define our capacity and/ or potential to any percent value. The subconcious mind is testament to the brains’ unique ability and complexity.

    I only say this because I am an extremely vivid dreamer and I only wish I could record some of them. I’d have a truckload of blockbuster films at 30 :)


  18. Amber Says...

    On May 11, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    I am very interested in this subject as a whole and would like very much to learn much more. Particularly studying all the brain is capable of say telepathy, telekinesis, and even (a very taboo topic I know) the possibility of obtaining God-like powers using the full potential of our brain. Can anyone tell me what this study called? What sort of scientist would be preforming these studies?


  19. Amber Says...

    On May 11, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    Aside from neuroscience naturally.


  20. danny Says...

    On May 17, 2010 at 1:28 am

    what if we use 21%


  21. Pete Says...

    On June 2, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    “Scientists and others in the psychological , sociological fields have asserted that humans use maybe .01 to.10 percent of our brain…”

    How many scientists actually assert this?
    My experience has been that most scientists think the 10% idea is a myth. ?


  22. Min Says...

    On June 19, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    is there no way to use it more than 10%?


  23. Masi Says...

    On August 27, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Our brain is like power the more the better and faster. We have 10% of our brain as a conscious part 88% as a subconscious and 2% as a unconscious.We could only tap into the subconscious when we sleep so dreaming is real. What we need to do is bring the subconscious to the conscious and you have matrix. If you tap into the unconsius then you wake up from this dream to the real world.

    Masi, 13


  24. Rytis Says...

    On September 13, 2010 at 11:46 am

    at first i thought that we use around 10-15% and 20% is something special but then someone told me that 10% brain use is a myth so which is the truth


  25. JOHn Vidak IV Says...

    On September 15, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    thank you i really was wondering how this worked…best analagy i ever heard


  26. David Says...

    On September 22, 2010 at 4:09 am

    interesting point:
    When we dream we use our unconscious part of the brain which means that things are often metaphors for real life and some people even say that you can sometimes see the future. personally i think that that is where deja vu comes from; if dream something and then forget when you wake up, and you come into a similar situation while awake, your subconscious probably registers it and alerts the rest of the brain that it has happened.


  27. Corey Thomas Says...

    On September 22, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    In my honest opinion there is no way to positively know how much of the brain we actually use. The brain is part of the objective world but our power and limits is from the subjective world. We cannot see thought or dreams. The logic of all of this is the fact that our brains control everything we can or dream about doing. The key to unlocking the secret and opening the mind cannot be learned from scholars but from ourselves. We must expose ourselves and our brains to knew material daily. We have to forget about boundaries and walls that block our brain from the truth…. our brains have limitless ability to go above and beyond the objective world. This is why we are at the top of the food chain. Our minds dominate over all species of animal.


  28. debasish patra Says...

    On October 6, 2010 at 7:55 am

    If we don’t know what is 100%, how can we even guess the percentage?????


  29. Vijay Says...

    On October 12, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    @Debashish Patra,

    I like ur comments man… Can someone answer that if they really know what this is all about?

    Regards,
    Vijay M.


  30. ANDY N Says...

    On October 13, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Thank you all for your comments.

    Again some of you I think are missing the pivotal point. 100% of our brain is usable. By putting a percentage of use Scientists are simply trying to tell us that we are far from maxing out it’s capacity!

    Picture it this way. If you buy a CD case that holds 1,000 CD’s everytime you put a CD in it you are using 100% of the case. You are not however necessarily using every single slot. Perhaps you only store 100 CD’s in that case. It simple means you can hold much much more! But 100% of the case is useable and at your disposal.

    The bigger picture is that the human brain is far more amazing then we realize!


  31. ANDY N Says...

    On October 13, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Correction you are not using 100% of the CD case but 100% of it is available to you.

    I was typing faster than I was thinking – LOL


  32. ashantiqua Says...

    On October 18, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    from the article to the comments…. its laughable.


  33. ANDY N Says...

    On October 26, 2010 at 6:27 am

    Wow you need some more comic relief ash


  34. Famousname Says...

    On November 9, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Déjà-vu is not something you already saw in your dream,but it’s a chemical reaction when your left eye is seeing a situation happen by a milli-second quicker than your right eye,there for giving the impression you taught you seen it happen before.exactly the way 3D television works the green side of the 3D glasses see the film quicker than the red side does ,giving it the effect.


  35. Debasish Patra Says...

    On November 17, 2010 at 6:35 am

    It seems to me that there is always something higher than what we have. We can’t imagine a number which is so big that no number is greater than it…. Can we? Humans basically think like this. No matter how much brain we use, there is always scope for improvement… and exercise our brain to make it faster and stonger. Percentage of our brain issue raised by scientists are basically saying that we are still to improve in our brains to a great extent. That’s it. Never try to measure it by percentages because we never can….


  36. Your Brain Says...

    On December 1, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Noooooo! No, no, no! You guys have it all wrong. To say that we only use 10% of our brain and that we have this super amazing unlocked, untapped ability is just false! When scientists say that we only use 10% they mean AT ONCE.
    A good analogy is your muscle potential. If you were to do a scan to see how much of your muscle capacity some uses it would be a relatively small amount. But if you were to follow them around for a few days you would see that they would eventually use every muscle, depending on which actions and exercises they do. Its the same way with the human brain. As you read this you are only using a fraction of your brain to do so. But as you cook you will use a different fraction, as you do math another fraction and as you change your car tires yet another. All together you will eventually use MOST of your brain capacity.
    Of course, there is still an unlimited capacity to LEARN new things, that is we have almost endless space in our internal hard drive. But you don’t have to ‘unlock’ this space, there is nothing stopping you from filling it.How? Practice math, read more books, learn a new language, learn 10 new languages! The possibilities are endless.
    But to say that there is some way to evolve or magically tap into our dormant reserves is simply untrue. They’re not dormant. You just haven’t gone to the trouble of filling them up.


  37. ANDY N Says...

    On December 2, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Yeah that is basically what I am saying. Perhaps I did so in a bad way.

    That is what the stereo analogy means. The capacity is there too use we just don\’t turn it up.


  38. nane Says...

    On December 8, 2010 at 7:06 am

    thank u, that was very informative.
    i really don’t know anything about these stuff but i was curious about it because my friends just had a huge discussion about this 10 % myth, and i just couldn’t find any logic in it. they were actually saying that its a fact and its scientifically proven that a human can only use 3 % of their brain (which in their case i believe to be true) anyways they were backing it up with the fact that Einstein’s brain is such a phenomenon because he used 7% of his brain.
    they say that we are smarter than the past generations because our brain uses more sells than in the past generations and that the next generation will use even more !!!
    ( i think its stupid and that it only proves the opposite because if they believe that then it means that this generation uses far less brain sells than the previous ones!!) but i just wanted to ask anyways ….


  39. Debasish Patra Says...

    On December 13, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Again we are talking in terms of percentages…. We don’t know what is 100 % to find out what percentage we use… Can you answer how big is 4 in front of 1000… Yes… But if don’t know the denominator i.e. its 1000 or 10^100… How can you come to conclusion, we use this or that percentage of our brain… Frankly I don’t get you guys… And Yes the thing about using one muscle at a time in our brain is not something I would agree on… I am a good multitasker although concentrating on something vividly is something that I would consider difficult, but many would be comfortable doing otherwise… All I want to say is we need to be aware and observe and think simulataneously to widen our brains usage… That’s how we can make the best use of it, not by measuring in terms of percentages…


  40. Gods helper Says...

    On December 13, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Well I listen to everyone and Wat they had to say but the truth is no one will ever hit the mark u are looking for with out gods help if u dnt believe and god then u have A lot of home work too do . The reason u seem to not understand the brain and it seem to everyone to some how not let u reach a point ur all talking and looking for is bcuz it\’s god keeping u from there . Point blank but keep studying bcuz that 10% shyt is false and learn how to dream awake … It\’s unreal


  41. Zoey Says...

    On January 8, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    @Gods helper: Why is there always a bible thumper looking for people smarter than them to ‘teach’ them about god? Get a life!


  42. bert Says...

    On January 9, 2011 at 10:00 am

    why does the volume control only go up to 10


  43. ! Says...

    On January 10, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    interesting…


  44. jackson Says...

    On January 21, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    my belife is that if we were able to use 100% of ower brain power than we as the human race would advance to a level of intelegince where we could make things that if we still used 10% would take us eons or more and also we could find a way to cure numeris illness’s like cancer and others.


  45. Z Says...

    On January 24, 2011 at 3:02 am

    Wow. You all are talking about how much of our brain we actually use, and there are so many typo’s. Apparently you lot of people are completely brain dead.


  46. supermonkey Says...

    On January 29, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    to be honest with you, how hard can it be to understand what the original post said?? is it really to hard to believe that we are using all of our brain but not to its fullest capacity? and in my opinion to improve your brain power is to exercise our brains by doing simple mathematical or mentally challenging tasks to keep your brain active and in turn you are increasing your brainpower, you recognise this by noticing that you can solve puzzles or its not so difficult to work things out as it once was.

    just my opinion :P

    toodles


  47. aeae Says...

    On February 14, 2011 at 2:14 am

    If you want to know the secret to using more than 10% of your brain, it lies within LSD.


  48. B Says...

    On February 22, 2011 at 7:50 am

    To zoey
    Depends, why did you put teach in quotes


  49. Macherie Says...

    On April 24, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    this is an interesting write up!


  50. mark Says...

    On May 28, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    you need to study a little more on the subject of how much of our brain we use. just telling a story and using all your senses while telling that story takes more than 30 percent of your brain. its out there you just have to look for it.


  51. Mike Says...

    On May 28, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    So, what would \”brain potential\” translate to? Would we feel more conscious or would we just be better at solving problems?


  52. john Says...

    On May 28, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    I was wondering if we only use 10% of our brain ,what will it mean if we use at least 40% will it mean we will have extraordinary powers like telepathic , or will have super strength ?


  53. Blacks Says...

    On June 3, 2011 at 7:21 am

    Great article. In consideration of the emotional side of things though, we need to realise that we are not just physical beings. A greater portion of us is spiritual. So emotions for example are spiritually linked and they require more than a physical brain “calculation” to be triggered. Words are also spiritual so thats why you can speak an entire sentence before you have time to even think about the first letter of the first word…because it came to you from the spiritual realm. In this realm, processing is not a physical thing. People with psychic abilities for example are more intuned with this realm hence why they seem to be able to do more than the rest.

    So in reality, i think this less than ten percent usage is really talking about the physical and not incorporating the spiritual. If a psychically capable person’s brain should be examined, i think it would show that they are using up a greater percentage so to speak.


  54. BTU Says...

    On June 6, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I like the anology but I think a ferrari would be a better example to give:)

    You can drive with 10km/h while using every part of the engine, where as you may go up to 350…

    Another nice kick with this analogy is the environment factor(physical conditions). You’d need the right type of road to be able to bring your ferrari to maximum velocity… I believe there is a huge similarity, when it comes to our brain performance ;)


  55. BATU Says...

    On June 6, 2011 at 10:57 am

    I like the anology but I think a ferrari would be a better example to give:)

    You can drive with 10km/h while using every part of the engine, where as you may go up to 350…

    Another nice kick with this analogy is the environment factor(physical conditions). You\’d need the right type of road to be able to bring your ferrari to maximum velocity… I believe there is a huge similarity, when it comes to our brain performance ;)


  56. Bill Ragan Says...

    On June 7, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Does the surmising of a .01 to 10 percent mean that Einstein and Hawking are/were using 11 percent in their endeavors to understand the universe? Or does it mean they were given greater capacity of usage and still fell within their 10 percent?


  57. ANDY N Says...

    On June 10, 2011 at 4:55 am

    Thank you BATU! Finally someone who commented understood the point.

    @Bill Ragan – don’t confuse intelligence with capacity. We all use 100% of our brain technically speaking. It is just that we have only scratched the surface of its potential. It is really not that hard to understand.


  58. Jake Says...

    On June 11, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    I have a thoery that when you dream you use more of our brain.
    I believe this is true because when i was dreaming i saw stuff that i didn’t really take notice in like a shop sign that i quickly looked at and like the movie Limitless it stores it somewhere in your memory and it’s always there but we just don’t use it and when we dream our brain opens itself up to what we don’t remember. Im sorry if im wrong but it’s just a theory and im only 16 so it’s a start.


  59. Conzani Says...

    On June 12, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    LSD helps you to use most of your brain . Thats what tripping is ….


  60. Mathias Says...

    On June 19, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Make Jail Breaking… :D


  61. Moo Says...

    On June 23, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Well we have used more of our brain than when we a lesser degree of human. So if evolution keeps going we could do all that stuff. Sure we will all be dead by then and the sun would explode by the time that happens but generations of us now will have evolved and maybe evolution will start over again. All we can do is wait till that happens so let\’s not get headaches on trying to figure it out k?


  62. Moo Says...

    On June 23, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Well we have used more of our brain than when we a lesser degree of human. So if evolution keeps going we could do all that stuff. Sure we will all be dead by then and the sun would explode by the time that happens but generations of us now will have evolved and maybe evolution will start over again. All we can do is wait till that happens so let\\\’s not get headaches on trying to figure it out k?


  63. suraj Says...

    On June 25, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    I think the scientists are right in a way, suppose there are 10 people talking to you at one point of time. out of those, whom can you remember. If you ask the same question to me – my number would be at the most 2 & on top they kept talking to me for more than half hour, I will not be able to remember even 5 mins of our discussion. So I think instead of saying “we use some X% of our brain power”, I think “we can only use X%”. There is a possibility. Of course, by practice we can improve our brain power. but then yes, we are not able to utilize the brain power of it 100% – just ignore what the 100% can be….or else forget everything – it up to us how we want it to be put in words.


  64. Chester Says...

    On June 26, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Well, I think we use only 10% of our brain’s. If we could use a 100%, we could perhaps gain telekinesis power’s.


  65. Tashi Says...

    On July 22, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    In the ancient times, I think beings were using a little more than 10% – Its the age of distraction that has made our capacity lessen. If we spent more time apart of the world we live in like the ancient ones did, we may start to receive the gifts it has to offer (like assisting us in using more of our brain) but instead we focus on artificial things and activities that don’t help brain power (TV etc etc) …. Just a thought.


  66. Anonymous Says...

    On August 4, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    I didn’t read all of the responses, so I don’t know how on topic my response will be. I’m 14 so I don’t know how important it would be to mention that, but maybe it has significance to my imagination or maturity. So in some earlier responses I read that some people were discussing thoughts about how evolution and time might be the key in using the rest of our brain power, but the theory of evolution is not the progress of making a species more dominant or powerful, but the raw ability to survive and reproduce, making more of that species. Obviously our brain is very powerful to the small increment that we do use it. And in order to evolve to use the full extent of our brains would mean that there is some form of competition (being another life-form, or ecological threat) that forces our species to use that brain power to survive, not as one, but as a species, before the result of extinction. So evolutionarily wise it would be impossible to unleash the full extent of our brain, but possibly technologically we could do that. I just watched the movie Limitless so it’s a really cool subject for me to talk about right now. I’m curious as to what kinds of things would really happen if we were to use more of our brain. – Comment back if you understood this, or if I was just blabbing in a nonsensical way.


  67. kid aj Says...

    On August 17, 2011 at 1:03 am

    i really like this article and the comments giving it made me think about how we use our brain in a whole. i get that we use 100% of our brain but we’re not using like the full capacity of it because the capacity is basically infinite but people aren’t getting that.


  68. jo Says...

    On September 20, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    ANDY, what u are trying to say that we are the one who decide our brain capacity that we want to use?


  69. Enonesoch Says...

    On October 15, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Conscious thinking is the movement that is in the way of greater brain usage. The incessant movement of thinking with its habits, entertainments, and all the endlessly perpetuated desires and pursuit for the better thing, hinders the brains capacity by narrowing its perception of life. There is always the movement of the word, the movement of the Thinker thinking thoughts, there is no rest for the brain. When the need for psychological occupation has ended, the brain may rest, and all the energy once wasted with irrelevant occupation is there. There is rest, and too there is great energy.


  70. Aartisharma Says...

    On October 18, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    i think our imagination is vast or infinite but how can physiologist say that most of the people use 1.0% of the whole brain without any prove.how can they measure our brain in percentage if they don’t know the extent of intelligence.out of which total we can calculate our mind use.it is similar to say that sky is composed of 25% of stars in the whole universe but we know that stars are infinite & there is no total out of which we can calculate . What is the maximum extent which we can use our mind?i know our mind is like a mobile memory card & downloading of data depend on the extent of memory card(Gb & Kb) we can’t use full memory card , some space we have to left free but it depend on the card how much data it capable to load or it depends on the card is 4Gb or 6Gb etc. I think mind has some verge point after regular interval after which our mind work constantly & infinitely , once we overcome the verge point then our mind works constantly &infinitely so the graph of our mind increases uptil verge point &when once overcome the verge point then graph goes constantly & infinitely untill our death comes. Our mind never forget those things which are in practise & monotonous daily. I think that extent of mind working is directly proportional to the developed parts of our mind . Nutrients in fixed proportion should be taken for the development of mind. Our mind is also hang when we work too much without taking rest so charging of mind is essestial by taking sleep .we can increase the capacity of mind by continously focusing on task or working once we cross the thinking level then your mind will go on & work continously or work comstantly & infinitely until our death comes. Sir Alexander graham bell word’s “concentrate all your thought upon the work at hand. The sun’s ray do not burn until brought to a focus.


  71. nikhil Says...

    On November 24, 2011 at 8:26 am

    sir, i wnt 2 knw only 1 thing in which time we r use our maximum brain?
    in sleeping time or when we r awake?


  72. Joseph Says...

    On November 25, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    i am 16 and im currently a junir in highschool, i get fantastic greats and a very intelligent student in school. i am seeking greater knowledge on how to access other portions of our brain. we all know we can access more brain power/percentage but the question is HOW can we do this? is it by medication or pure studying of say “Flash cards” and “memory games.” if you have any theories about this please share i am more than interested.


  73. Lainey Says...

    On December 10, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    There is nothing to really prove that we absolutely use only 10% or 20% of our brains. MRIs, however, do kind of show that we use all of our brain. Some parts can be used more than others. As for intelligent people, like Albert Einstein, they probably use a certain area more often than others. It is just a matter of stimulating areas of the brain that you don’t normally use. There is no medication that can do this. Maybe you can find out what areas of the brain there are and what they do, and try to focus on doing activities that relate to them.


  74. einstein jr Says...

    On January 10, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    people are miss understanding the 10% myth theory, basically their saying ur brain can process information that its gathered 10% at a time, but for some people its higher (20%) such as a person who can remember an enter book word for word or the people who can calculate high level math in their heads with in seconds.


  75. John Says...

    On January 19, 2012 at 10:26 am

    So It all started with Adam and Eve. Incest was inevitable. We are now dwindled down to people that are all about 90% retarded. Every generation getting more stupid.


  76. limitless nzt Says...

    On February 2, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    our brain is the most cplex thing in the world, a computer cannot copmare to the human brain


  77. senthil Says...

    On February 13, 2012 at 5:44 am

    who used the highest percent of his brain


  78. Kaelan Says...

    On February 19, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    my answer is that we use all of our brain but there is 1 part of our brain we haven’t accesed yet use that will give us powers its like we use 99.99% of our brain but we have a piece that we have 2 unlock its like that its all because of Gods grace and care for us cause some of us might use it wrongly and there wud be a totaal disaster theres always a reason why God does something for us and this reason is not known 2 man kind only God and God knows what that reason is it is said if u have the faith of a mustard seed u can move mountains or do anything so believe nad never stop believing in Him.


  79. I Can't spell Says...

    On March 22, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    if we controled 100% of the brain wouldnt we loose all our reflex and instincts like breathing and wouldnt you need to command all you nerves in a specific way to move a part of your body compared to now just thinking about it ?


  80. prime Says...

    On April 6, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    evolution is unreal, just a big old myth fasioned by people who can not accept that there is an intelligence and power higher than humans. But even some one with little intelligence will know that something as simple as cloth which you are wearing is made by someone talkless of your body or your brain. ……another thought the cam on your phone took year of study and consious human effort to produce, but your eye is by far more complex and powerfull in fact you use your eyes to judge the the camera creation of other people. In fact Sientists look for ways to improve their camera by COPYING the eye. Then who created this \\\’patent\\\’, this \\\’patent\\\’ people are copying with out acknowleding the creator? Chance and adaptation NO. Bacause that would be saying that chance is Intelligent more intelligent than you that you have to copy it. And adaptation; some personality must have caused living things to adapt to different enviroment. as we all know no living thing on earth today has been seen to adapt to another species but has always bear according to there kind. There are evidences that support creation(mere looking out your window and seeing bird flying is one) but there is no evidence (for more clarity, substantial pulsable evidence) to support evolution, worst yet there are evidence against it.


  81. ANDY N Says...

    On April 14, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Point taken Prime. The evidence is abundant.


  82. mistris Says...

    On April 18, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    my volume goes to 11


  83. abc Says...

    On April 19, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    YOur ur roles jibronies and shut ur mouths…


  84. MattArmstrong Says...

    On April 29, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    I have not seen anyone mention information access or the placebo effect. Our brains have the potential control or bodies on a cellular level, hence the placebo effect even having an effect. The other thing is the average person can only access 7 + or – 1 pieces of information at a time. For an example i throw down 954 dominoes, you as an average person can not access how many dominoes are there, your brain knows but you can not access that information (certain autistic people can). But if I throw down 5 dominoes or 6 it is within your range, you access that information and say 6. That is the key how do we access those 954 dominoes with a single glance.


  85. MattArmstrong Says...

    On April 29, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    @Prime- Cameras and devices are not alive EG they do not have the ability to mutate or change on their own. To deny mutation and adaptation blows my mind the evidence is everywhere. Hell minor forms of evolution can happen in a few years not millions, that evolution is in an emotional thought process, abused people and animals having responses out of the norm and forever changing how they think, on top of that those changes are near universal regardless of the person.

    If you are religious and choose to believe god made us that is fine, my view on religion is that if it makes you a better person then go for it. Anything that you are doing to make yourself happy is a step in the right direction. But how happy can you be trying to prove god to people that are never going to buy it?


  86. ANDY N Says...

    On May 9, 2012 at 8:02 am

    @prime – what should blow your mind is how ignorant you are. Who denies mutation and adaptation? No one does and for good reason. But that has absolutely nothing to do with the clinical theory of evolution you dope. It kills me that so called intelligent people cannot make a simple deduction. If someone has the power and sheer intelligence to create such complexities don’t you think they have the ability to allow for variation and change? My God man, pun intended, there are numerous inventions of man that have this built in you obstinate jackass. Ever hear of a computers?

    If you simply wish to not accept a Creator that is fine with me but don’ make ridiculous comments as if there couldn’t possibly be any other explanation when in fact there are other extremely obvious explanations!

    And as for mutations brainiac. Their existence does not automatically lead to the conclusion you wish it to. And yet mutations are clearly evident.

    Read more: http://scienceray.com/biology/human-biology/how-much-brain-do-we-use/#ixzz1uNBSRsFR


  87. hassan masqati Says...

    On May 15, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    wwow………..gud articleeee……it clarified my dought


  88. lan lan Says...

    On May 17, 2012 at 7:09 am

    after reading all this i have come to the conclusion that everyone still doesnt have a clue (including me) but i do tend to agree with john that after all this time humans are still 90% or more retarded.


  89. John C Says...

    On May 28, 2012 at 3:21 am

    Thank you for the article Andy. I don’t want to talk or theorize about God, mutation, or anything not more directly related to your article though. I’m sure you’re disappointed :) I’ll try to get through without any blatant typo’s, too (although I hate my touchscreen). So, if I understand you correctly, we can use 100% of our brain ( not knowing Exactly what that is, which is probably irrelevant @ this point) but we typically only utilize <=10%? By utilize I mean actually store & access information (intelligence is another realm I suppose?). Thanks for your time!


  90. DreamWriter Says...

    On June 14, 2012 at 3:21 am

    Well well, Out of all of these comments on here, Only a few stood out to me as actually intelligent. Jack n. I commend you on this, and you are right, We can use all of our brains, however there are some “blissfully ignorant” folk out there in the world(some of them even chose to comment) who prefer to believe that they use 100% of their brains, and that’s all they’ve got, and you know what? It will CONTINUE to be that way for them since that’s what they’ve got in their mind, and it’ll stay that way either until they die, or until they finally see truth. The truth is of course, that we use 100% of our brains, just not all at once. Some people however have their minds so shut out to the rest of the world and it’s truths that anything even remotely different to what they believe is true is considered crazy, for example me, I watched a certain documentary, and read 3 different books, all written at different times, by different people, one older than 100 years.(102) After reading, these books I was completely transformed, and began thinking differently than I used to. Instead of mooching off of the creativity of another, my brain created some creativity of its own. It’s scientifically proven that when we are asleep, our brain remains awake, listening and processing information. I then realized that while people were using a technique called auto suggest, to teach skills such as languages, and therapeutically for dream and memory recovery, NO ONE was using it to CREATE dreams…and so, I began my own company of people who do just that. So my newly opened up brain was able to think on things previously not thought of…now some of these “blissfully ignorant” folk I spoke of earlier are probably go ahead and side with those I encountered during testing, and think, “Oh she’s crazy, whoever thought of designing dreams!? Impossible!” and no doubt they, like all the other “blissfully ignorant” will probably have some choice comments to follow up on my comment with. I even got called a scammer by one of these such folk, but I refuse to let it get me down, or even give up on my company. I know this works, because I have tested it, so when I see ignorant people still trapped in their small minds, I smile inside, because I know what’s coming. I can see it clear as day, in the near future people will chose what they want to dream before bed, even have dream collections, and by this means, eliminate the risk of nightmares, and unorganized dreaming. SO MY POINT IS, JUST BECAUSE YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND, DOES NOT MEAN IT ISN’T SO!!!! OPEN YOUR MIND, LET OUT SOME OF THE COBWEBS, AND SEE WHAT YOUR BRAIN COMES UP WITH. *DROPS MIC*


  91. gaurav Says...

    On August 15, 2012 at 1:15 am

    @ 100% u can create ur own universe


  92. gaurav Says...

    On August 15, 2012 at 1:16 am

    @ 100% u can create ur own universe


  93. gaurav Says...

    On August 15, 2012 at 1:16 am

    @ 100% u can create ur own universe


  94. austin Says...

    On September 6, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    just a side note a recent study says humans have only around 86bn neurons in thier brain


  95. David Says...

    On October 10, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    I’m 14, I learned to meditate at 11. When meditating I can convince myself into thinking I have objects in my hands. I have had my mom, sister, uncle, and a few friends volunteer to put their hand between my two hands, after awhile, they get colder as I get warmer and currents of air come form between my hands and surround us. In my 3 years of intense meditation, I believe that I have unlocked certain parts of my brain. When meditating, I feel as if my head has gotten warmer, its feels weird but its true.

    Through my experiences I believe meditation is the key to unlocking our brains to running at its best.


  96. arisa-chan Says...

    On October 12, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    I have a theory here.
    If you want to know how to unlock your brain, then try.
    School has taught us to let others teach us, to never learn on our own. I’ve seen really dumb people in our life.
    Reading also uses a part of your brain that is not used very often because a lot of people don’t read.
    I believe you could walk on water if you had the brain power, because you would be able to comprehend so much more that the average person today wouldn’t understand one word, couldn’t understand it at all since it defies all the laws of nature.
    And this is also why we cannot comprehend there is a God. That there are other dimensions. Because we think that everything there is is what we see, but that isn’t true. We live in a 3-D world, but yet have you ever thought to yourself: we are seeing things in 2-D, so how is this possible? Our dimension that we live in is made up of repeated dimensions that create a square. So view a square in your mind with joints in between each line: each side. Inside of that would be the reflection (my theory) of each dimension (maybe 1 1-dimensional and 3 2-dimensional). Then when we see, it is a reflection of what is really there. We cannot create 4-dimensions because we don’t know what that’s like, but THAT DOESN’T MEAN IT THERE
    Just as you believe in your evolution (which the ancient Greeks and Egyptians just disproved evolution as them being able to comprehend MORE than us), there are people that believe in the One Creator. There is no evidence for either, but believing that there was something that had no beginning and will have no end (which we cannot make sense of) sounds much better than there being nothing and then a BIG BANG.
    All we can take in is: everything has to be created for it to be alive.
    But that isn’t true. That’s just because we were created, and so was our world.
    The Bible does not speak of many things, but hey, they are real (to other Christians).


  97. Kathy Says...

    On October 14, 2012 at 4:09 am

    @nane I don\’t believe that we evolve with each generation as in how you are speakin of : for there is proof of very intellectual ppl way back in ancient times that was able to build and do so many fasinating things without our advanced technologies. However we do keep evoleving in the sense of what some find as improvements on things in our search to make things better faster easier but that comes from studing and learning more about it and adding the additional input data into our brains to improve on that paticular subject that one/we have studied.


  98. Kathy Says...

    On October 14, 2012 at 4:09 am

    @nane I don\’t believe that we evolve with each generation as in how you are speakin of : for there is proof of very intellectual ppl way back in ancient times that was able to build and do so many fasinating things without our advanced technologies. However we do keep evoleving in the sense of what some find as improvements on things in our search to make things better faster easier but that comes from studing and learning more about it and adding the additional input data into our brains to improve on that paticular subject that one/we have studied.


  99. michael Says...

    On November 7, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    This is just like limitless the movie.


  100. steph Says...

    On November 18, 2012 at 12:25 am

    http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2012/05/21/good-question-how-much-of-our-brains-power-do-we-really-use/

    This websites has a short article and a quick vision that will explain


  101. Jeremy Thomas Says...

    On November 28, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    I believe like most scientist, that the brain’s capacity to work is like the stretch of a rubber band. When a rubber band is new its ability to stretch is less that a old one would. But it must be stretched gradually over a period which allows it to go much further. Lets say that the rubber band at its original length is 2 inches before stretch. You might only be able to stretch that rubber band to 6 inches at that time. When the rubber band is stretched occasionally or for like say 1-2 days the elasticity of the rubber band would increase little by little to about 9-10 inches. But on the other had with the initial length of stretch 6 cm of elasticity of the rubber band it might be able to stretch about another inch but beyond that it bursts. Therefore it is never good to push the brain to its limits with out the practice, building foundation. My belief is that no matter what the capacity of brain humans are said to be using initially, we can increase that number dramatically in time and hard work.


  102. USci Says...

    On January 2, 2013 at 6:49 am

    Is it true that the reality we know dosent exist ? While its all only what Our brain pretends


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