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5 Reasons Why We Are More Than 1/10 of Our Brains

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We all know that the brain is the command center of our body’s systems. It is the center of our nervous system and it is in charge of a number of functions — learning, remembering, and even controlling motor skills.

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Over time, scientists and researchers have taken an interest in exploring the capacity and potentials of the brain. Along with scientific studies, a number of myths and theories have also been developed. And because some of these myths are very popular, there are lots of people who believe in these theories.

What is the 10% Brain Myth?

One of the most popular theories holds that humans use only 10% of their brains. It is so popular that it has in fact been used as a common theme for a number of movies, such as Limitless, and more recently, Lucy.

In the 10% brain myth, it is assumed that the brain is divided into smaller sub-parts or fractions, and of these smaller fractions, we use only 10%. Therefore, the myth further goes on to say that the human brain’s potential is endless and that there are portions of the brain to be unlocked.

Surveys have continuously shown that many people still believe in this theory even though they do not really understand how it came to be. Most have simply accepted it as a fact.

Even its origin is unknown. Some say the myth dates back to the Victorian era, while some say the myth began with the reserve energy theories of Harvard psychologists William James and Boris Sidis during the late 1890s. Since then, a number of books and publications on self-help and motivation have included the false information that an average man develops and uses only ten percent of his mental abilities.

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This theory is hyped up because it opens the door to a wide array of opportunities — that we people could do so much more if we were just able to unlock the full capacity of our brains. Though beautiful and inspiring, this myth is just that — a myth. And now, thanks to science, this popular myth has been debunked.

5 Reasons Why The 10% Brain Myth Is Not True

  1. Your brain’s different parts and functions all work together.

Contrary to the 10% brain myth, the brain does not work as a single form. It is divided into regions with different functions.

The cerebrum is the largest portion of the brain, and it is responsible for higher cognitive functions like memory and reasoning. The cerebellum, on the other hand, controls our motor functions like our balance or coordination. Finally, the brain stem is in charge of our involuntary functions.

Even though they have different specializations, the different parts of the brain work together in perfect synergy.

Over the years, a number of studies have already been conducted to match functions to each smaller sub-portion of the brain, and there remains much to learn.

  1. Your brain is always active, even when you are asleep.

Thanks to imaging technology and brain scans, researchers have found out that the brain’s sub-regions do not stop working; the neurons and supporting cells never rest. Yes, even when we are sleeping and not really doing anything, our brain continues to work.

The 10% brain theory may sound credible to those who believe that the only function of the brain is to learn and think, but the truth is, the brain is involved in everything that we do, no matter how simple or complex.

For example, when you brush your teeth every morning: You walk toward the bathroom, you open the door, and then you reach for your toothbrush. You get the toothpaste and you squeeze out just the right amount.

Now this activity may seem normal for you and is nowhere extraordinary. But the fact remains, different parts of your brain have already been activated and were working with each other at lightning speed from the moment you decided to brush your teeth, leading up to squeezing out the right amount of toothpaste.

  1. Humans have big, hungry brains.

We weren’t given big brains for nothing. Evolution has shown that the human brain has greatly increased in size while the brain of the chimp has yet to meet the same fate.

Aside from being big, it’s also very hungry because it uses up more energy compared to any other organ in the human body. The brain consumes more than 20% of our resources, such as oxygen supply and blood flow. Meanwhile, other primates only consume around 7-8%.

This energy is used as fuel for the neurons to signal each other and communicate properly. Energy is also used to maintain the health of the brain cells.

Even though the brain uses more energy, our body burns the same amount of calories as other primates that are close to our size.

  1. Your memories are stored in your brain.

Aside from acting as a control center, our brain also acts as a storage bin. The billions of neurons in our brain make up lots of connections that take up space, much like how files take up space in your external hard disk.

It has often been said that we can improve our memory and thinking skills by practicing or learning new skills. This is true since the brain is also a muscle — the more you use it, the stronger it will be.

However, when we learn new skills, we are not opening an unused fraction of the brain. We have up to ten billion cells, and each cell can make hundreds of connections. What happens is that our brain forms new or stronger connections between already existing nerve cells.

  1. Your brain is a multi-tasker.

Aside from being continuously active and at work, the brain is an avid multi-tasker, able to juggle lots of tasks at the same time. For a simple task, like brushing your teeth, several portions of your brain are working — not just one. While brushing your teeth, you are also standing up or you may be looking at yourself in the mirror. These simple activities also drive more than one part of your brain to work.

Avid believers of the 10% brain myth may be disappointed to learn that brain functions are in fact already maxed out. We don’t have any untapped portions of the brain left to activate.

You Are More Than Just A Tenth Of Your Brain

Even with all the scientific proof pointing to the fact that we are already using 100% of our brains, there are still lots of people who choose to believe the myth, and it is easy to see why.

The appeal of the myth lies in the fact that people believe they have potentials that they have yet to unlock. Many believe that we can be so much more — that we can learn all languages, play all sports, and memorize all songs — if only we put our minds to it.

This myth has motivated lots of people to focus on self-improvement and additional learning. When you think of it, believing in the myth does not really harm people. It’s just misleading.

However, this should not stop us from striving to learn new things and skills. As mentioned above, whenever we focus on learning something new, our brain forms new connections and strengthens other connections as well.

Evidence from scientific research implies that we, as humans, are already using 100% of our brains. We are not wasting 90%. We just may not be fully aware of all the functions of our brain.

Exercising your brain and being motivated to learn something new every day is not all that bad, even if some may be disappointed to realize that they will not learn how to read minds or that they will not be able to unlock telekinesis or other super powers.

The cross between science and fiction can be held responsible for our fascination with developing inhuman abilities. And while this hope has been debunked, what really matters is knowing what our brain is fully capable of and accepting that we are already using 100% of it.

We are more than just a tenth of our brain. And though we are already reaping 100% of its efforts, there’s no denying that it’s capable of so much more. What remains is not unlocking what we think it can do but what it can help us achieve when we set our minds and energies to it.

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Notable Scientist Publishes A Book About ‘Real Magic’ That Nobel Laureates Are Endorsing

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  • The Facts:

    Dean Radin, chief scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, has published a book called "Real Magic." It has received praise from multiple scientists, including Nobel Laureates.

  • Reflect On:

    Despite the fact that controlled scientific experiments have produced significant results, this type of study is still labelled as pseudoscience by many academics, simply because it challenges what they've been trained to believe.

Is magic real? That depends on how you define it, but yes, I believe ‘magic’ is definitely real, and I’m clearly not the only one. Cases of ‘supernormal’ powers and ‘magic’ of all kinds have been reported throughout history and across almost all cultures–at least until religion was invented and these topics were ushered into the realm of the ‘demonic.’

Proponents of what we now call ‘magic’  include nearly all ancient literature from all parts of the world, from the Vedic texts and the yoga sutras, all the way to Moses, Jesus, Milarepa and Mohammed. Donald Lopez Jr., a professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies and the University of Michigan provides a great example in describing the Buddha:

With this enlightenment, he was believed to possess all manner of supernormal powers, including full knowledge of each of his own past lives and those of other beings, the ability to know others’ thoughts, the ability to create doubles of himself, the ability to rise into the air and simultaneously shoot fire and water from his body…Although he passed into nirvana at the age of eighty-one, he could have lived “for an aeon or until the end of the aeon” if only he had been asked to do so. (source)

The crazy thing is there are also modern day examples, but they mostly come from the black budget government programs. In 2016, I published a well-sourced article providing multiple examples from a CIA document that confirms the existence of humans with ‘special abilities’ who are able to do ‘impossible’ things. You can access that here.

‘Real Magic’

A book recently published by the Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Dean Radin, entitled “Real Magic” has received some great reviews. The main premise is the idea that a hidden power resides within every single human being, a power tied to our consciousness, a power that makes phenomena like psychokinesis, remote viewing, and precognition not only possible but something that will perhaps one day be a normal part of all our lives. The book offers a vision of a scientifically informed magic and explains why magic will play a key role in the frontiers of science.

This falls into the realm of a field of study called non-material science. Nikola Tesla was a huge proponent of this, as he had said that the day humanity begins to study this subject matter is the day that humanity will advance at an exponential rate.

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Far From “Pseudoscience”

Dr. Carl Jung once stated, “I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud.” This is something we should all hold in our minds as we examine this or other claims that are not part of our current perception.

The amount of statistically significant results when it comes to this reality, usually dubbed as “parapsychology,” is very significant. We are talking about hundreds, if not thousands of studies that have been conducted worldwide for decades.

There seems to be a deep concern that the whole field will be tarnished by studying a phenomenon that is tainted by its association with superstition, spiritualism and magic. Protecting against this possibility sometimes seems more important than encouraging scientific exploration or protecting academic freedom. But this may be changing. Cassandra Vieten, PhD and President/CEO at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (source)

A lot of the statistical results for parapsychology are just as strong, if not in some cases more significant, than a lot of the results which emerge from hard sciences, like physics and mechanical engineering. The Department of Defense has stated that results in this area are a clear sign that these phenomena are real, despite the fact that they are still somewhat unexplainable. As far back as 1999, a statistics professor even published a paper showing the results dealing with parapsychology and mind-body connection are a lot stronger than the results used to approve some of our medications. That study was done by Dr. Jessica Utts, as statistics professor in California who had this to say about Radin’s book:

Real Magic illustrates the limitations of 20th century science and proposes a more comprehensive view that incorporates ideas that have been associated with magic throughout the ages. Blending history, humor, and plausible hypotheses, Dean Radin illustrates that there is a staggering amount of evidence for a broader view of science that offers hope for the future of humanity.” 

Another review:

“A thought-provoking book. The author makes a convincing case for the reality and significance of magic.” —Brian Josephson, Nobel Laureate in Physics and Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of Cambridge

Today, hundreds of scientists are coming together to emphasize that matter is not the only reality. They’ve created a manifesto, and you can find links and access more information about this initiative, which started a few years ago, in an article we published here.

“Some scientists are confident that we already know what is and is not possible. But the truth is that science is very much in its infancy. To advance our understanding requires bold excursions into domains some might consider heretical, including esoteric legends about magic that have persisted for thousands of years. This is what Dean Radin sets out to do with Real Magic. In my judgment, it succeeds in blazing new trails. Well worth the read.”  Kary Mullis PhD, Nobel Laureate (Chemistry)

The Global Elite Use Magic

While talking about magic in this sense, it’s also important to mention the global elite, and the idea that they also use metaphysical/magical ‘knowing’ and concepts. Unfortunately, they do so not for the joy of discovery, or from a place of good intention, but from a selfish, egoic place, a place that is in service to self, and not in service to others. This is a big point to consider when discussing whether humanity needs to take down the global elite in order to evolve. You can read more about my thoughts regarding magic and the global elite in the article ‘How Some of The World’s Elite Use Black Magic Rituals To Conjure Up Entities For More Power.’

I believe that as human consciousness evolves and we become more aware of who we are, and our capabilities, we will also realize that love, compassion, and empathy are all needed for us to thrive. Once we completely grasp this, I believe, these ‘abilities’ that lay dormant within us will begin to show themselves more and more.

The Takeaway

The takeaway here is to keep in open mind, and to recognize that what we think we know is always subject to change. Sometimes these things take a while, even if a sufficient amount of evidence has been provided. This type of study opens up new understandings about the nature of our reality, and would change ‘science’ and the current laws that govern it forever. Non-material science truly represents the next scientific revolution.

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Note To Selfie: Drop The Mask

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    On social media, it's common to see pictures that don't truly represent us or the situations we are capturing. In many cases, we photograph ourselves 10 - 15 times before selecting the 'accurate' photo we will use.

  • Reflect On:

    Why do we spend so much time creating an image of ourselves, even if it is not accurate?

What if we all put down our masks? What if we agreed, that there would be no more disguises? What if we allowed each other to be our authentic self? Imagine the effect on Instagram. It boggles the mind.

Too many people believe the content uploaded on social media is actually showing us truth. Far from it. The material chosen to be uploaded to Facebook, or liked on Instagram, bears little resemblance to true life. Each photo has been carefully chosen after taking a mind-numbing series of retakes.

Each photo must be meticulously studied to ensure the subject looks nothing like the real thing. After all, the real thing isn’t going to garner followers. No one uploads pictures of themselves returning bottles to the beer store in their slippers, or cleaning out the kitty litter. Followers equate to love. More follower = more love.

We are terrified that people will see our true self and our mundane lives won’t be nearly glamorous enough. So we take 12 pictures before deciding one is good enough.

Note to selfie: Make sure you extend your arms and snap the picture from above. You must be looking up. You will look younger. Social media doesn’t like wrinkles … bad skin … or skinny lips.

“Before I started being body positive on Instagram I would’ve posted the photo on the left (sucking in my tummy as much as possible) and said something along the lines of ‘gained a bit of fat this week’ when in reality, what I look relaxed currently is like the photo on the right.”

The harm that has been done to our psyche is profound. Apparently, the psyche is quite gullible. It does believe the stories shown on social media are true. So our psyche starts putting on some pretty outlandish masks to keep up with the Jones’ psyche. It is a constant challenge to keep up with the Joneses. The Joneses can’t even keep up with Joneses. No one can. It’s a sucker’s game.

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What is the result of wearing a mask? – depression, anxiety, frustration, shame. The “Mask-Wearer” knows it’s not true. And they are terrified of being found out. Imagine the fear of being outed as a fraud. And more unsettling is this; if someone falls for that mask you’ve been wearing, don’t believe they’ve fallen for you. They are enamoured with the mask: the image. And the image isn’t real.

Let’s bring a Revolution of Real. Put down the mask. And promise yourself that you will never be anything other than your most authentic self. Masks wear very thin, very fast. Authentic beauty lasts forever.

recommended Read: Instagram User Reveals The Truth Behind Those Fitness Photos

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7 Thought-Provoking Short Films You Can Watch Now For Free Online

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  • The Facts:

    Film has the ability to capture our emotions and move us in what are sometimes very productive ways. We'll show you 7 thought-provoking short films you might love watching.

  • Reflect On:

    How do these films make you feel from watching them? How do they relate to your own life? What action can you take after watching these?

The world of film has always captivated me. Whether it be its ability to present a supernatural reality I’ll never get to experience, or its ability to accurately depict an emotion I can relate to, there really is something surreal about going to or staying in to watch a movie.

And while the subscription numbers to popular film and television streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime certainly suggest that I likely don’t need to sell you on choosing to watch them, I do believe that a pitch needs to be made for the particular variety of them that I’m suggesting within this article.

That variety of course, is short films. The unofficial younger sibling to feature-length films that aside from those that happen to play before a popular Pixar film, or those that are nominated for an Academy Award, often go largely unnoticed by the masses. So I’d like to present a list of 7 thought-provoking independently made short films that you can watch for free online now as part of the Spirit Film Festival until the end of October.

1. Uncaptured

How often do you consciously choose to sit in silence? And better yet, is it even readily available to you? The short film Uncaptured explores the emotional and physical impact that setting aside conscious time to be in silence can have on the thoughts, programs and belief systems we have stored within us.

Through a series of interviews we are given insight in alignment with the famous Thomas Carlyle quote the film presents just after its title card: “Silence is as deep as eternity; Speech is as shallow as time.” WATCH UNCAPTURED

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2. The Nine Billion Names of God

Based on the book by Arthur C. Clarke -most infamously known as to co-writer of 2001: A Space Odyssey with Stanley Kubrick –The Nine Billion Names of God tells the story of a Tibetan monk who seeks to list all of the names of God with the help an automatic sequence computer.

Based in 1957, the short film is beautifully shot and is carried from start to finish by a beautiful score, perfectly setting the stage for a thought-provoking adventure. WATCH THE NINE BILLIONS NAMES OF GOD

3. Leave Of Presence

If you were asked to list what would make you happy in life, a well-paying job and vibrant social life would likely make the list. Yet the presence of both of those elements didn’t stop Sudha Suthanthiram from dropping everything to head to India in search of her true calling.

This short narrative film runs less than 5 minutes in length yet it offers great food for thought for all of us questioning our purpose in life. WATCH LEAVE OF PRESENCE

4. Nectar of Devotion

Nectar of Devotion shares the fascinating transition made by the one-time frontman for an acid rock band into GuruGanesha Singh Khalsa. While his former life offered much of the surface-level pleasures that so many of us fantasize about, GuruGanesha delves into how his new life has created a happiness unlike ever before.

The short film runs under 7 minutes in length and goes into detail on the difficulties associated with making the transition and how his new kirtan rock band is making the type of impact he always desired having on others. WATCH NECTAR OF DEVOTION

5. Graham: A Dog’s Story

Whether or not you consider yourself a dog lover, Graham: A Dog’s Story is a funny and touching short film told from the perspective of a dog. From being introduced into the family, to “letting go” we’re led through so many of the stages that owners and their favorite pets often go through in life without much attention.

While the short film is carried by a comedic voiceover, it delves into many unexpected stages of a dog’s life including the impact that they have on us even long after they are gone. WATCH GRAHAM: A DOG’S STORY

6. Bekia

In just 6 minutes, Bekia powerfully shares the story of Hamdy, a seller of used goods doing everything he can to make a living on the streets of Cairo. Director Alia Adel effectively takes us into a world that most of us would never have otherwise known about.

The short is beautifully shot and well worth 6 minutes of your life. WATCH BEKIA

7. I Am Here

I Am Here is a unique short put together by the National Film Board of Canada that follows a mysterious animated travellers journey to discover the origin of life. Carried by a riveting score by composer duo Menalon, the film delves into themes and subject matter we would all benefit from pondering on.

Running just over 5 minutes in length, I Am Here manages to take a look at a lot of the questions so many of us have buried within us. WATCH I AM HERE

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