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#1 reyam200

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Posted 23 April 2006 - 08:44 AM

What would be possible if humans used 100% of their brain power?
some say that we would have perfect telekinesis and telepathy. i think that humans already have telepahy, they just don't use it, thus causing it to "disappear". others have said that we could walk through walls.

id like a list of what you think is possible if we used 100% of our brain.

(thats also assuming the neurons work at peak efficency)
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Posted 23 April 2006 - 08:50 AM

What would be possible if humans used 100% of their brain power?
some say that we would have perfect telekinesis and telepathy. i think that humans already have telepahy, they just don't use it, thus causing it to "disappear". others have said that we could walk through walls.

id like a list of what you think is possible if we used 100% of our brain.

(thats also assuming the neurons work at peak efficency)


We already use 100% of our brain.
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Posted 23 April 2006 - 08:55 AM

the brain can not be 100% active, MRI's and others have shown that only certin parts of the brain are active at any given time, that activity is in the range of 10 - 40%.(in someone that is awake)

i ment brain usage as in, brain activity, neurons active.

also, do you really think the average human uses 100% of their brain power when they make some of the dumbest mistakes. such as, tryng to kick somthing thats on the celing.:D i witnessed my sister doing this, she landed on her butt. very funny.(note: she wasn't hurt)
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Posted 23 April 2006 - 05:37 PM

If you used 100% of your brain at a given moment, you'd be having a seizure.
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Posted 23 April 2006 - 05:46 PM

yes only 10-40% of our neurons are firing at any given time when awake. this doesn't mean that these are the only ones that fire and are firing all the time.

40% does seem kind of high. i suspect that's with some very intensive task, or a seizure.
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Posted 23 April 2006 - 06:10 PM

What would be possible if humans used 100% of their brain power?


We'd be normal, healthy human beings.
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Posted 23 April 2006 - 06:12 PM

the brain can not be 100% active, MRI's and others have shown that only certin parts of the brain are active at any given time, that activity is in the range of 10 - 40%.(in someone that is awake)


All of your neurons are active all of the time. It's not like your neurons shut themselves off to save power. If you cut off blood flow to neurons they'll die within minutes.
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Posted 23 April 2006 - 08:43 PM

What would be possible if humans used 100% of their brain power?
some say that we would have perfect telekinesis and telepathy. i think that humans already have telepahy, they just don't use it, thus causing it to "disappear". others have said that we could walk through walls.

id like a list of what you think is possible if we used 100% of our brain.

(thats also assuming the neurons work at peak efficency)



What will prove interesting is when we use more than 100% of our brain, thanks to custom upgrades and external interfaces.


And to be honest, I would love to see some tech that could perform telekinesis without the mind, since we still to this day have no clue what sort of physics could pull that off.
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Posted 23 April 2006 - 11:41 PM

i thought a seizure is when the neurons misfire. send a electrical or chemical signal in the wrong direction or somthingn like that.(i ment to say 30% in my post) 30% brain activity is probably in somone that is multi-tasking. i know that when someone does multitasking to much it will give them a headache, and make it harder to concentrate later. the younger genoration is better adapted for multitasking, the area of the brain that deals with focusing on a task is more devloped.

the mind, since we still to this day have no clue what sort of physics could pull that off.


once scientists figure out how to make artifishel gravity, thay can use the same technology to make a "telekinesis" machine that is controled by the brain. that would be awsome once nanotechnology is perfected.
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Posted 23 April 2006 - 11:51 PM

A seizure is when most/all of the neurons fire simultaneously.
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Posted 24 April 2006 - 12:05 AM

ok
that must be one hell of a headache.
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Posted 24 April 2006 - 01:09 AM

Using 100 % of the brain and using 100% of the brain's capacity are two different things. During a fight/flight scenario, one could get the entire brain into gear, with all the sensory systems, muscles, etc., all geared up for action. This max brain power may even give one superhuman strength (much stronger faster) as the brain discharges neural current in the muscles. Although this may be 100% percent brain activity, for that task, it is by no means defines all the brain's capacity to do everything else it can do.

This is why exercise is good for the health and mind. One uses the muscles to discharge the brain. When you are done much of the brain stress is neutralized.

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Posted 24 April 2006 - 04:37 AM

Out of curiousity, I am reminded of various accounts of intense situations including fighter jet pilots reporting the feeling of time slowing down, and counting say, the number of rivets in the tail section of a mig as it crosses over in a dog fight.

I have no idea to what degree such accounts of been credited/discredited/debunked/confirmed etc, as well as other incidents such as people with autism performing exceptional mathmatics mentally...these aren't incidents of "using a higher percentage of the brain" but if credible they are certainly accounts of using the brain in more effective ways (with regards to specific capacities) spurred by either highly stressful conditions (the dogfighter) or something different in the development of the mind (ie with autism).


I don't mean to hijack the thread but it does tie into the OP's topic.
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Posted 24 April 2006 - 05:04 AM

A human would burn out, overload, and kill over. The brain is a resistor for electrical current; therefore, if it was used to its full potential, then the electrons from biochemical would short it out.

I assume a cybernetic implant would be in order.

Efficiency is different than usage. The neurons may be used, but are they being used efficiently?

The possibilities for the abilities accessed from full brain potential are unlimited. By the time one reaches 99 percent efficency, that someone would most likely have the cybernetic implant already embedded.
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Posted 24 April 2006 - 05:14 AM

Given the brain's nature of being a molecular computer which is attached to a continuously flowing stream of molecular fuel and building blocks, the "brain's capacity" becomes a nearly immeasurable quantity. It's like trying to ask "What's the fastest you can possibly run?" You can only perform multiple trials, find some way to exert yourself to your maximum, and see what the highest you can get actually is. Your "brain's capacity" isn't as definable quantity as the fastest you can run, so divising a test to determine this quantity will probably yield dubious results. An IQ test is the closest I can think of to a proper metric.
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Posted 24 April 2006 - 08:11 AM

so if the brain worked at 100 percent efficency, would it be possible to preform ablities like telekinesis, or levitating? as well as superthinking like some of those otistic people.

in responce to padren's post, that feeling of time slowing down would only be the person perciving time as slower. time is relative to the observer. so it can be sped up, or slowed down by changing your perception of time passing. in the dogfight, you dont have time to think, you just act on reflex.

some of those people in the olympics can run like the wind, finishing a mile(or half a mile.) in under a minute.
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Posted 24 April 2006 - 08:14 AM

so if the brain worked at 100 percent efficency, would it be possible to preform ablities like telekinesis, or levitating?


Going to go with "No" here
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Posted 24 April 2006 - 08:20 AM

The brain is a resistor for electrical current; therefore, if it was used to its full potential, then the electrons from biochemical would short it out.

so if we somehow altered the brains chemistry to be a perfect conductor, or at least a very good one. what do you think would happen? what would be possible then? excluding bionic implants. what would the brain be capable of then?
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Posted 24 April 2006 - 08:21 AM

so if we somehow altered the brains chemistry to be a perfect conductor, or at least a very good one. what do you think would happen? what would be possible then? excluding bionic implants.


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Posted 24 April 2006 - 08:24 AM

What would be possible if humans used 100% of their brain power?
some say that we would have perfect telekinesis and telepathy. i think that humans already have telepahy, they just don't use it, thus causing it to "disappear". others have said that we could walk through walls.

id like a list of what you think is possible if we used 100% of our brain.

(thats also assuming the neurons work at peak efficency)

I think we may be able to move physical objects. I have no theory to support this though. Maybe we would be able to read thoughts of others which is a dangerous territory!!! I sometimes have to fight with my brain!! Itís almost like an argument! I tell my brain, not to think something but the bloody thing challenges me!!! Its almost like a battle going on in my head!!! Has anyone else had a similar experience?
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