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What Is the Capacity of Our Brain?

"We use only 10 % of our brain capacity" Is this information true ? (...)

Comment 11

I'd also like to adress the question itself that is "do we only use 10% of our brain capacity" I think the answer depends very much upon what is meant by "capacity" So far the discussion has interpreted this as 10% of the neurons that is a physical capacity. And I think that is somewhat doubtful. Why not instead discuss the number of dendrites? Or the length of them? The brain is not just a question about the number of neurons. Personally I've always interpreted the question as "10% of our mental capacity". Now that makes the 10% somewhat speculative (without any scale to measure those 10% on) so I imagine it's just some random number to give the idea that our potential capacity is much larger than our actual capacity. One possible interpretation of the question could be: With better education people could have much better memory, do math much better, draw much better and speak more foreign languages and so on.

Jens Groth, Student of math and philosophy
Aarhus, Denmark

Comment 12

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