I did a stupid thing. I sat alone the other night and watched a zombie movie. Bad idea. I spent the night tossing and turning, running for my life, a frenzied horde of starved zombies at my heels. Any guess what was on the menu? Yep… my brain.
Ever ask yourself why zombies are dying (I know, bad pun) to bite into 3lbs of electrical mush? Well, I guess because brains are pretty amazing. Ok, maybe not for lunch, but certainly for a lot of other things.
Here are a few interesting facts about your brain:
• Your brain is about 2% of your total body weight but uses 20% of your body’s energy.
• The energy used by your brain is enough to light a 25 watt bulb.
• More electrical impulses are generated in one day by your brain than by all the telephones in the world.
• On average your brain produces 70,000 thoughts a day.
• There are about 100 billion neurons in your brain, the same number of stars in the galaxy.
• Your brain is 80% water.
And the most interesting fact (one that always stirs up a rebuttal from someone)…
… You DON’T only use 10% of your brain! Yep, you actually use 100% of it. It’s a common misconception that 10% of our brains are used while 90% lays dormant in a quiet slumber, one day to supposedly be awakened and reveal the secrets of the universe to us. Sorry, while the brain is certainly the most super-duper of organs, every part of it in fact does have a known function. Brain imaging methods like PET (positron emission tomography) and FMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) have proven it. What is correct, however, is that in any particular moment, you may functionally only be using 10%. By the end of a day though, it’s guaranteed you’ll have activated most of it for something or other.
Some say this misconception originated back in 1908, with with William James’ quote:
“We are making use of only a small part of our possible mental and physical resources“.
I’m sure everyone would agree that we all have the potential to improve ourselves, but there’s certainly nothing mysterious or unknown about how to go about it. Neuroplasticity proves that our brain can change, that it can make new connections and adapt as needed, but not because a big part of us lies dormant. We have the potential to improve because we can REORGANIZE ourselves in a more efficient way. I suspect some people may find that hard to swallow because it puts responsibility for our faults and misunderstandings back on us. You see, now when you don’t have all the answers you can’t just sit back and say “But it’s not my fault! I only use 10% of my brain… what do you expect?!”
So now that we’ve established how amazing your brain is, perhaps you’ll see why mindless zombies treating my skull like a bowl full of mash potatoes upsets me. Your brain is no less than a 5 star meal! Every little part of it is special and deserves recognition. So to end this blog (and get my mind off zombies), I’ve recruited some childhood buddies to give you a little lesson in your brain. Enjoy!